Congratulations to the Fairgrounds Foundation Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Sam Patton and Bekah Nunez, recipients of this year’s Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Scholarships. The Foundation scholarship is awarded to local high school students who exhibit in the Fair, attend the Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, and write an essay explaining what they learned from the speaker series. Sam graduated this year, is planning on attending Sierra College as an Agribusiness major, and exhibited cattle and vegetables at the 2016 Fair. Bekah also graduated this year, will attend CSU Chico (majoring in animal science), and exhibited a steer at the 2016 Fair. Both attended every speaker series event. Congratulations, Sam and Bekah!!

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Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California, Featured Speaker at Speaker Series

Caroline Beteta – President and CEO of Visit California, and the State of California’s Director of Tourism – spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the final guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series provides students an opportunity to hear about a speaker’s career path, how goals were achieved, insight regarding areas of expertise, and an opportunity for questions.

Beteta shared with students a typical “day in the life” – working with businesses, government, media and consumers – as the CEO of Visit California. She also shared words of advice, including to get involved (volunteer and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience), be persistent (it only takes one yes), never take no for an answer (you can always find another way), be authentic and true to yourself, find your strongest talents by trying a myriad of things, find a mentor, and dream big. She also reminded the students, regardless where they are in their school or career path, to “be the CEO of your own desk every day.”

In her dual capacity as CEO of Visit California and California’s Director of Tourism, Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $115 million global marketing program and serves as the lead spokesperson for California’s $126 billion travel industry.  Caroline has shepherded the growth of Visit California into a global marketing franchise, delivering millions of visitors and billions of dollars of economic growth to the state every year. She has received numerous awards for her creative work and leadership in the travel industry, including 2009 State Tourism Director of the Year, the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award in 2013, and the U.S Travel Hall of Leaders Award in 2016.

Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Public Administration/Intergovernmental Affairs from the University of Southern California.  She has also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Marketing Management Program.

Beteta and her husband, Art Whitney, are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and have children who were livestock exhibitors. Their generosity to the Nevada County Fairgrounds is evidenced by the naming of the livestock barn – Whitney Pavilion.

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, featured six speakers. The series, will start up again in October and high school students are invited to attend. 

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Cioppino Feed Success: Thank You!

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Cioppino and Pasta Feed this past weekend. It was a sold out event, and a huge success! Thank you to all the businesses and organizations who donated; and a huge thank you to Foothill Lions for preparing all the food for the event! This event is a fundraising benefit supporting the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and all proceeds benefit the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds. Thank you!

Mark your calendar for next year’s Cioppino and Pasta Feed – March 3, 2018.

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Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.  The series, now in its second season, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Oberbauer shared stories from her “long and winding road” that led to her career path. Words of advice included to stretch yourself and be daring (but be safe and wear protective armor); always seek balance and goals (don’t be afraid to ask for things, but also be willing to give); and never be afraid to recalculate (a career path isn’t always straight, so recalculate as necessary).  She also shared a quote from Louis Pasteur – “Chance favors the prepared mind; and opportunity favors the bold” – and encouraged students to be bold in their choices.

Oberbauer joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989, and was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2009.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at Cornell University. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships in Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles. She was honored in 2002 with a prestigious UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the American Society of Animal Science Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology (2004), the Distinguished Teacher Award for the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (2006), and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women & Research (2011).  

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California; and Julie Baker, Executive Director of Center for the Arts.  

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit here.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer (February 2016)

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer

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All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed: Tickets on Sale Now

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its seventh annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 4 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino and pasta, salad and garlic bread.  A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $40 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $400 and includes two bottles of wine.   Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form here.  

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture. For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit here.

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Get Your Tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Tickets are on sale now for the Fairgrounds Foundation’s all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 4, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office, or here. This has been a sold-out event each year, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Did we mention it’s all you can eat?!

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Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series Features Stephanie Ortiz

“When finding a career path, be open to having a meandering path, but don’t blindly wander,” said Stephanie Ortiz, Executive Dean of the Nevada County’s Sierra College Campus, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night. “Finding a career path is not always a straight line; it’s more of a meandering path with mistakes and learning opportunities along the way, and a path that allows you to look back with perspective.”

Ortiz addressed 20 students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences and advice – to local high school students.

Ortiz has been in education for more than 30 years at the community college and university levels.  She has served as the Executive Dean of Sierra College’s Nevada County Campus since 2009. Prior to that, she was the Dean of the Business and Technology Instructional Division.  She’s also taught in business at Sierra College, Mt. San Antonio Community College and California State University, Fresno.  Before beginning her career in education, she worked in human resources management for The Fresno Bee newspaper and General Dynamics, Pomona Division.

Ortiz discussed the opportunities available at Sierra College, the benefits of attending a community college, and the importance of exploring careers.  She also shared the “soft” skills – adaptability, analysis and solution mindset, collaboration, communication, digital fluency, entrepreneurial thinking, empathy, resilience, self-awareness, and social diversity awareness – necessary for today’s work force.   

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science, University of California Davis; and Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California.

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit  here.

Speaker Series - Stephanie Ortiz

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Cioppino and Pasta Feed: Get Your Tickets Now

Tickets are on sale now for the annual all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 4, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office, or by visiting  here. This has been a sold-out event for six years in a row, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Yum!
 
Cioppino 2 (2016)
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Mike Naggiar Serves as Guest Speaker at Foundation’s Speaker Series

“Always be willing to take risks,” said Mike Naggiar, owner of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery, to a group of local high school students on Wednesday night. “Risks are important to take because you don’t want to be overly cautious and always taking the comfortable route.  Most will take that route, but few will take the uncomfortable route. Without risks, you never know what can be accomplished or gained.”

Naggiar addressed 28 students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences and advice – to local high school students.

Naggiar is the founder of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery, a family owned and operated business located in south Nevada County that he established in 1998. Prior to establishing Naggiar Vineyards, he worked for Hewlett-Packard (HP) for more than 30 years in leadership and management roles in computer systems sales, marketing and general management.  He also has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Loughborough in England.

Naggiar shared with the group some of the lessons he’s learned along his career path.  His advice to students is to always think about how to contribute to the success of an employer; never underestimate the importance of honesty, hard work and loyalty; take on new assignments and try new ideas; be a team player; stay optimistic; and find something that you are passionate about because life is too short not to do what enjoy.

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California.

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Mike Naggiar, owner of Naggiar Vineyards and Winery, spent Wednesday evening sharing his experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Mike served as a guest speaker at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

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