Treat Street Fun Facts: Bratwurst Booth

Treat Street Fun Facts: In the early 1970’s a couple from Nevada City United Methodist Church were traveling in Germany when they came upon a local festival selling bratwurst. They so enjoyed them that they brought the idea back to the church to sell them at the county fair.  The church got approval from the Fair, moved into their booth (still at its original location), and today they are one of the oldest vendors on Treat Street! Each year they sell about 3,500 brats and proceeds contribute to the church, which prides itself in offering support all year long to local and global causes. Thank you to all the volunteers for serving delicious brats during the Fair! 

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Fair Family of the Year: Prechter Family

Mark and Michelle Prechter have been named the 2018 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Prechter Family for their ongoing commitment to and participation in the livestock program at the Nevada County Fair.

Mark and Michelle, who met and married in Montana, moved to Nevada County in 2000. Mark, who had grown up showing in 4-H, took Michelle to the Nevada County Fair and they immediately fell in love with the tree covered grounds, the friendly atmosphere and Treat Street. Michelle remembers that first Fair, where she was pregnant with their first child, and “eating her way through Treat Street.” After buying some property and a small herd of cattle, they quickly became involved in agriculture and soon the Nevada County Fair.

That involvement increased as they had children. Today, they have helped at the Fair in the show arenas, volunteered at the Foundation Station, served as leaders in the barns, and are strong advocates for youth in agriculture. They also spend countless hours in the livestock barns helping their two girls prepare their animals for the Fair. 

The Prechters, who will celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary this year, have two daughters – Maddie and Rylee – who are also active in the Fair. Both girls have been competing at the Fair since they were five years old showing everything from pygmy goats to market eggs to entering the ugliest cake contest. The last several years the girls have shown market steer, and this year Rylee will show a market lamb and Maddie will show a market steer and Angus Heifers.  Both girls have their own breeding stock and have placed in the top 10 with the California Junior Livestock Association.  Maddie graduated this year and will attend Butte College to study Animal Science and Ag Business, and Rylee is a Sophomore at Bear River who also loves volleyball.

“The Fair is important to us because it has taught our girls to stay humble when they win and to be gracious when they lose,” says Michelle. “Raising livestock and having the opportunity to show animals at the Nevada County Fair has taught them responsibility, given them confidence, and, most importantly, how to work together as a team.”

When asked about their favorite memory at the Fair, Michelle says there are several. “Being at the Fair is a vacation in a crazy kind of way. It’s our time together and it’s us working alongside our friends and community. We look back on all the years we’ve been at the Fair and we realize what a significant impact it’s had on our lives and the raising of our children.”

Her other favorite memory happened in 2014 when Maddie won Supreme Champion Steer and Rylee won Reserve Supreme Champion Steer.  And last year, 2017, Maddie and Rylee both won Large Animal Master Showmanship (Maddie won the FFA Large Animal Master Showmanship and Rylee won the 4-H Large Animal Master Showmanship).  Says Michelle, “they are an amazing team, work great together and always help each other reach their goals.”

When not at the Fair, the Prechters lead an equally busy schedule. In addition to working full time raising commercial cattle (that small herd has grown and become a full-time business), Mark is a full-time farrier and Michelle is a preschool teacher at United Auburn Indian Community.  They are also members of the Nevada County Livestock Producers and Michelle serves as the secretary of the Bear River FFA Ag Boosters. Additionally, both have served as
4-H Leaders and as Nevada County Beef Advisors.

The Prechter Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony and will also receive a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.  This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12. 

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Goat Yoga at the Nevada County Fair

Yes, goat yoga is a thing! And, yes, we will have goat yoga at this year’s Nevada County Fair! So excited!! Goat Yoga will be happening at the Special Events Tent at 11 am on Saturday (August 11). Sign ups begin at 10 am, participation is limited to the first 40 people, and yoga attire is required. What fun for our Fair-goers!! Want to see what goat yoga looks like? Check out this video

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Fair Tickets on Sale Now: Buy Early and Save

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save time and money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at NevadaCountyFair.com.

Buy your admission tickets before August 7 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $7. You can also take advantage of other presale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30, an event parking pass for $25, or a carnival ride bracelet (good for unlimited rides on any one day) for $25.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s all new Truck and Tractor Pulls! Tickets are on sale now for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Truck and Tractor Pulls on Thursday night, Monster Trucks and Tough Trucks on Friday and Saturday night, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them online at NevadaCountyFair.com, stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road, or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 7 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services at Gate 1 will also be open on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 7, ticket prices for the Fair are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children
6-12, and free to children under the age of 5. There are also new special promotions on each day of the Fair:

• Wednesday: Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm
(by invitation only from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools)

• Thursday: Community Day
Free coupon book with coupons for Treat Street, souvenirs and the Draft Horse Classic
for the first 10,000 customers.
Free admission for disabled persons until 5 pm

• Friday: Family Friday
Free parking in Fair lots until noon
One free carnival ride coupon for first 500 guests

• Saturday: Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm

• Sunday: Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm

This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12 and it is filled with “Bushels of Fun!” The phone number is (530) 273-6217 and the website is NevadaCountyFair.com.

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Fair Traditions: Meet One of Our Youngest Fair-Goers

Fair Traditions: Meet one our youngest Fair-goers (three months old), posing here in his “Bushels of Fun!” basket for his photo for the Nevada County Fair.  The 2018 Fair will be this little guy’s first Fair, and he is the third generation in his family to attend the Fair.  His parents raised market steers for many years, and have attended the Fair every year (almost every day). His grandpa proudly shared this photo with us as his photography entry for this year’s Fair.  Says Mom Breana, “He will definitely grow up going every year, as well as participating in some events, just as we did.”  Love! Thank you, Breana, for sharing your family with us!  Photo by Breana Whitear. 

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Free Vision and Hearing Screening Services at Community Involvement Day on July 30

As part of Community Involvement Day, the Foothill Lions Club will provide free glaucoma and vision screening services as well as free hearing testing to adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 30, from 1 – 6 pm at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For the vision screenings, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists –Dr. Jerry Chan, OD and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day.

New this year, Foothill Lions will also be offering free hearing tests for adults and children. The testing will be provided by Sol Barros, an audiologist specialist from Audiology Associates Hearing Center who will donate her time for this event. All screenings at this event are free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.

The free hearing and vision screening is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, Gold Country YMCA, Nevada County Pets in Need, Nevada County Diaper Project, and The White Barn Project – in exchange for coupons for buy one, get one adult admission tickets to the Fair. Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot and Main Street Center on Monday, July 30, from 1 – 6 pm.

This year’s “Bushels of Fun!” Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12.

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Daily Fair Schedule Now Available

Whether it’s the Xpoto Stunt Team, goat yoga, virtual reality experience, stock dogs, musical entertainment, an animal costume contest, the Jell-O eating contest, a heifer/steer obstacle course, horse demonstrations, or truck and tractor pulls – it can be found in the daily Fair schedule posted here. So much fun in one place! 

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Myra Davies Inducted into Fair’s Hall of Fame

The Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors has announced that Myra Davies will be inducted into the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Board recognized Davies for her longtime service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair and for her commitment to local agriculture.

Davies is a fifth-generation local rancher who lives on her family’s historic Dipper Valley Ranch in Nevada City.  Since retiring from her county job, Davies can often be found on her ranch checking her cows and delivering firewood. “The legacy of the history, the land and the soil are in my soul and part of who I am,” she says. “To me, ranching and farming is not a job, it is a chosen way of life.”

That love of ranching and farming can be seen in her commitment to the Nevada County Fair and her involvement in community activities dedicated to supporting agriculture and youth in agriculture.  During the Fair, Davies, who has been attending the Fair since she was a child, can be found at the Cattlewomen’s Marian Ghidotti Red Barn and the Nevada County Farm Bureau booths where she works diligently to carry on agricultural traditions.

In addition to her work at the Fair, Davies has served in various capacities in the Kentucky Flat 4-H Club, including Community Club Officer/President and a Horse and Hiking leader. She currently serves as a Nevada County Farm Bureau Director, President of the Placer Nevada Cattlewomen’s (PNCW) Association, and Chair of the PNCW Beef Ambassador Program. She is actively involved in Ag in the Classroom, a member of California Cattlewomen, National Cattlewomen, Nevada County Republican Women Federated, and Nevada County Grown.

 “I am deeply honored to be inducted into the Fair’s Hall of Fame,” said Davies. “The Nevada County Fair is a stronghold for our community. There is no other place as beautiful, accommodating, and with such strong community support for youth to showcase their yearlong projects. The Nevada County Fair is a hub, a focal point, to keep these traditions strong and it’s very important that I support organizations that carry on family and agricultural traditions. My life is family, faith, community, clubs, the Dipper Valley Ranch, beef, keeping ag alive through youth, and the Fair. That’s really all I need.”

Davies will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 8 and will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. The 2018 Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12.

 

Categories: Nevada County Fair.