We’re proud to announce that the Nevada County Fair took home 10 awards last week from the annual Western Fairs Association’s Annual Achievement Awards program. We received awards for our goat yoga event at the Fair, our work in social media (featuring Fair Traditions), the collaboration with Nevada County Resource Conservation District and their work on Lions Lake, our partnership with The White Barn Project, our exhibit program (kites!), our employee retention program (love the new t-shirts!) and one of our photos. A huge thank you to our community and partners for their continued support of the Fairgrounds. Without you, none of these awards would be possible!
Are you or your band interested in performing at the 2019 Nevada County Fair? The stage entertainment application is now available here. To apply, complete the online application and return it by April 5. Hope to see you at the 2019 Fair, August 7 – 11.
It’s the “Best Of” time of year! The Union is taking votes for their 2018 Best of Nevada County poll and we are thrilled that the Nevada County Fair has been nominated as Best Local Event and Best Place to Take the Kids. Additionally, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is nominated for Best Event Venue, Best Place to Picnic, Best place for Cycling, and Best Campground. What an honor – and we’re so, so pleased to see the Fairgrounds are loved and used by our community. If you’d like to vote, click here. Photo by Nevada City Scenics.
“Farms, Food & Fun!” is the theme for the 2019 Nevada County Fair. Congratulations to Mary Anne Davis of Grass Valley for submitting the winning entry. We received more than 120 entries in our slogan contest, so a big thank you to all who entered! Here’s to a fun 2019 Fair!
Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2019 Nevada County Fair
The 2019 Fair theme is all about local foods and farmers – and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2019 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan that features local food and farmers that you think would be perfect for the 2019 Nevada County Fair? If so, submit it!
Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com and submit a slogan about local food and farmers. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2019 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.
Submissions must be five words or less and trade-marked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2018. Entry forms are also available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office. No phone entries will be accepted.
Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.
The 2019 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 7 – 11. For a complete list of contest rules or information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Remember the cute baby chicks in Ag-Sperience at the Fair? Here are three of them – growing up and happy!
A record setting year for Fair auctions (with more than $670,000 raised for Nevada County youth), 7,500 exhibits, and many community partnerships made for a successful 2018 Nevada County Fair. Below is a wrap-up of the 2018 Nevada County Fair.
- Approximately 91,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
- More than $935,000 was raised on Treat Street by 30 local nonprofit organizations and food vendors. Proceeds raised by these organizations at the Fair allows vital services to be provided to our community.
- The Ag Mechanics Auction featured 48 custom items handmade by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, and raised approximately $50,000 for these students.
- Two hundred and fourteen animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing $620,000 for the youth of Nevada County.
- More than 11,000 attended the Fair’s five arena events – the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks, and KNCO’s Destruction Derby.
- Margaret Heywood, who is 100 years old, visited the Nevada County Fair for her 43rd year in a row. She drives up every year from Burbank, and spends at least three of the five days visiting the Fair. Her family tradition is for her three kids, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to meet on Sunday morning of the Fair, attend the worship service, have a cinnamon roll and coffee, and sit and enjoy the entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage. Margaret says that while some things have changed throughout her 43 years of attending, the kindness of people and the beauty of the Fairgrounds has not.
- This year’s Fair included more than 7,500 exhibits. From baked goods to fruits and vegetables to quilts, the Fair exhibit program gives the community the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity. Popular exhibit categories this year included Kite Designing, Homebrew, California State Parks Youth Photo Contest, Ugliest Cake, and the Cell Phone Photo Contest.
- Eighty businesses sponsored and partnered with the Fair to fund services and projects like the shade structure, landscaping, charging stations, free shuttle rides, supplies for special contests, shavings for the sale ring, and the water bottle filling station.
- One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Nevada County 211, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, Nevada County Diaper Project, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and The White Barn Project to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 107 blood donors were registered and 92 pints of blood were donated (enough to help 276 people), 850 books were collected, 346 prescription eye glasses and 12 hearing aids were donated, 75 prom dresses were collected, enough clothes were donated for 70 kids to have a first day of school outfit, and 900 diapers, 20 cases of pet food and hundreds of pounds of food were collected.
- As part of Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club provided free glaucoma and vision screening services and free hearing tests to adult and children. As a result, 19 individuals received no-cost vision services and 10 tested with the audiologist.
- More than 165 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
- The Fair teamed up with local libraries on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 250 coupons were given to young readers in our community.
“The Nevada County Fair is about the hardworking kids in the barns, volunteers, community partnerships, traditions and generations of families enjoying the Fair,” said Patrick Eidman, Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It’s about showcasing talents and months of hard work, giving back and having fun. We’re proud of the 2018 Fair and we thank the community for its ongoing support and another successful year.”
The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.
Nevada County Fair officials have scheduled a livestock meeting for Tuesday, September 11, to review the 2018 Fair’s livestock exhibits and to plan for the 2019 Fair.
The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 2) on McCourtney Road. FFA advisors, 4-H leaders, Grange leaders, exhibitors and others interested in the Nevada County Fair livestock exhibits are invited to participate. While no specific timing is assigned to each species, the critique order is small animals, goats, beef, sheep and swine.
The livestock meeting is set each year following the Fair so that those involved in the Fair’s livestock exhibits can review and discuss what worked, as well as recommend improvements for the following year.
The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.
Nevada County Fair love. Photo by April DePiazza.
Congratulations to the 2018 Nevada County Fair exhibitor winners. The results are now posted here. Thank you to all those who entered exhibits in the Fair (7,500 exhibits this year), and for allowing us to showcase your talent and creativity for all to enjoy!