Fairgrounds Foundation Makes Generous Donation to Fairgrounds; Begins Membership Drive for 2021


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 16, 2020

Contact:         Patrick Eidman, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217;


The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation made a generous donation of $100,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds and will begin a membership drive for 2021 to continue raising much-needed funds for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The donation comes during a year when COVID-19 restrictions on events and gatherings have financially devastated the Nevada County Fairgrounds. With the cancellation of the annual Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, Country Christmas Faire, music festivals and more than a hundred events on the grounds, revenue at the Fairgrounds has been severely impacted.

“The Foundation plays a critical role in supporting the Fairgrounds, especially during this time of financial crisis,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We are extremely thankful to the Foundation for their support and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Fairgrounds. We are very fortunate to have a partner in the Foundation that was ready and willing to step up – in a big way – during a time of great need.” 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation was established in 2005 to fulfill the mission of “building a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the Fairgrounds.”  Its mission is supported by individual memberships, the annual Cioppino Feed, beer sales from the Foundation Station during Fair, the pouring of cocktails at the Draft Horse Classic and County Christmas Faire, charitable donations, and the recent Fairgrounds BBQ Drive Thru Event.  Additionally, there have been several fundraising events in support of the Foundation and the Fairgrounds, including a fundraising events hosted by West Coast Equine Sports Therapy, Emily Catering’s Cookie for a Cause, Three Lilies Photography, and Nevada Union FFA’s BBQ event.

“We are pleased to be able to support our community Fairgrounds in such a significant way,” said Robin Hauck, President of the Fairgrounds Foundation. “The donation represents many hundreds of hours of volunteer labor by the Board and member volunteers, all of whom work tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds.  We are also extremely thankful to the community and individuals for their donations and fundraising efforts, and their generosity, kindness and creativity to raise funds to preserve one of Nevada County’s most treasured assets.”

“Given that this substantial donation has almost depleted the Fairgrounds Foundation’s reserves, we are now asking the community to support the Fairgrounds and the Fairgrounds Foundation by helping reach the goal of 1,000 memberships in 2021,” said Eidman. “Please consider becoming a member today. Every new membership is an investment in ensuring the survival and viability of the Fairgrounds for future generations.

To become a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation or to make a donation, visit NevadaCountyFair.com/Foundation.


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Fairgrounds Foundation Hosts Annual Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its tenth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 7 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the Foothill Lions Club will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 109-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, 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 $45 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $450 and includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by visiting 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 NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

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Congratulations, White Barn Project!

Congratulations to The White Barn Project for being a recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s 2019 Blue Ribbon Award. The Fairgrounds Board awarded the White Barn Project this honor because of their work with 4-H and FFA youth. The organization, which provides donated clothing items to children in 4-H and FFA kids to exhibit at the Nevada County Fair, provided more than 100 children all or part of their uniforms in 2018. We can’t wait to see what they do in 2019! Congratulations, and thank you for helping our local youth!

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. There are six exciting performances held throughout the four days of the Classic and each one gives you the unique opportunity to see the magnificent draft horses perform and compete. The Classic is also an opportunity to meet the draft horses by visiting the open barns or taking one of our barn tours.

The Draft Horse Classic showcases almost two hundred draft horses performing and competing and masterfully pulling wagons and carriages, and features exhibitors and hitches from across the United States and Canada.

Between competition classes, the audience will enjoy performances by specialty acts like the California Cowgirls, the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, and chariot and chuck wagon races. There’s also Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire and Roman riding. Additionally, with almost 200 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses up close.

Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here.  All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18, are an additional $4 per ticket. There are a limited number of RV spots available for season ticket holders.

Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy ongoing musical entertainment, cowboy poetry, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, and Art at the Classic.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.


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Cioppino Feed Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the annual all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office beginning on Tuesday or by visiting here. This has been a sold-out event for eight years in a row, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe! Yum!

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Fairgrounds Foundation Scholarship Winners: Catharine Renner & Justin Kilgore

Congratulations to Catharine Renner and Justin Kilgore, 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. Catharine graduated from Bear River and will attend UC Davis this fall as a Nutritional Science major in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Justin also graduated from Bear River and will attend Butte College in the fall, where he’ll be playing baseball at the college and pursing a career in agriculture. Both Catharine and Justin will be exhibiting at this year’s Fair – both will be showing market steers and Justin’s Ag Mechanics project won best of show – so stop by and congratulate them!


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Thank You, Becky Bailey-Findley

Thank you to Becky Bailey-Findley, Executive Director of California Fair Services Authority, for serving as the guest speaker at last night’s Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series.  Becky shared with local high school students a bit about her career path, as well as information about the importance of Fairgrounds to communities and the state. Thank you, Becky, for sharing your story and the Fair story with us!
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Thank You, Foothill Lions Club

We have many people to thank for making Saturday night’s Fairgrounds Foundation Cioppino Feed a success, but we have to give a huge shout out to Chef Arnie Romanello (he’s the one in the right hand corner) and the entire Foothill Lions Club for preparing all the food for the sold out crowd. As always, the food was delicious, and we truly couldn’t have done it without this fine group of hard working volunteers!


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