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!
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.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local 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, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, Nevada County Diaper Project, and BloodSource – on July 30 for Community Involvement Day. This is a day to donate items to these nonprofit organizations while also receiving coupons for buy one, get one 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 main parking lot and Main Street Center on Monday, July 30, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.
Food Bank of Nevada County: Four cans of food or dry goods (non-expired).
Foothill Lions: Used hearing aids or prescription eye glasses.
Nevada County 2-1-1: New/unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, shaving cream, disposable razors, toothpaste/toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary wipes, tampons and pads, Chapstick, sunblock and Band-Aids.
NEO: Paper, paint supplies, glue sticks, paper towels, sharpies, general craft supplies, packaged snacks, scissors, paint brushes, blank canvases, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment.
Story Club: Two new or slightly used children’s books, or chapter books for teens.
Community Beyond Violence: Gift cards for local merchants for groceries, clothing, gas, bus passes, movie passes, fast food, calling cards, shelter supplies and maintenance; kitchen products and cleaning supplies; pre-paid phones; new socks and underwear; toiletries; bedding (twin and full size).
Cinderella Project: Clean and gently used prom dresses and evening gowns, prom-type heels, prom-type jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and hair accessories), and small handbags/clutches.
The Karing Closet: Boxes of XL or Jumbo Ziploc bags, packages of index cards, poster board, toothbrushes and toothpaste, packages of new children’s underwear and socks, or one new or gently-used school-ready outfit (from children’s size 5 to Junior’s size 16) in a large Ziploc marked bag. No garbage bags full of clothing, please.
Nevada County Diaper Project: Unopened packages of diaper for any age children (newborn to 6 or pullups)
Nevada County Pets in Need: Four cans of wet cat or dog food.
Gold Country YMCA: Gift cards for supplies and camper clothing needs, movie ticket gift cards, art/craft supplies, sporting goods, current books and yoga mats
BloodSource: For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the Gate 1 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org.
Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Nevada County 2-1-1, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and Nevada County Diaper Project will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $7 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!
Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.
Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds on July 30 between 1- 6 pm. Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 7. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.
This year’s Fair is August 8 – 12. For information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.
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Guess what opens in three weeks?!
Are you going to enter an exhibit in this year’s Fair? If so, what? You have until Monday, July 23, to turn in the paperwork, so why not make this the year to enter an exhibit! It’s easy to enter, most categories are free, and it’s fun to see your creations on display at the Fair. You’ll also receive free admission to Friday morning’s Draft Horse Classic just for entering. Photo by Gold Country Photography (and one of the winning photos from the 2017 Fair).
Looking for a way to get free tickets to the Fair? Mark your calendar for Community Involvement Day, July 30, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Donate items to participating local nonprofit organizations and you can receive coupons for buy one, get one free Fair admission tickets. For a list of items to donate, visit here.
Arena event fun at this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 8 – 12. It’s the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, all new Truck and Tractor Pulls on Thursday, Monster Trucks and Tough Trucks on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday night wraps up with the Destruction Derby. What a line up! Tickets are available at NevadaCountyFair.com or by visiting or calling the Fair Office.
The hard working folks at The White Barn Project have been busy collecting 4H and FFA clothing donations and are ready for their distribution dates this Friday (July 20) from 4 – 8 pm and this Saturday (July 21) from 8 am – 2 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Ponderosa Hall). They have white pants and shirts, boots, belts, 4H scarves/hats, FFA jackets and lots of items that will potentially fit our kids! For FREE! If you have 4H and FFA kids who need outfits or clothing items for the Fair, this is the place to visit on Friday or Saturday. Thank you, Soroptimist of Grass Valley, for this resource for our youth in agriculture! For more information, visit here.
Are you a Treat Street fanatic?! We are! This super cool image will be on t-shirts and available at the new souvenir booths at this year’s Fair. There will also be other fun t-shirts, mugs, hats, magnets, tote bags and lots of fun Fair swag for Fair-goers!