Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to the public and walkers November 26 – 29. The Fairgrounds will reopen Gate 1 to walkers and bicyclists as usual at 8 am on Monday, November 30. The Youth Hub/Distance Learning Center at Main Street Center will also be closed during this time. Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 29, 2020
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS BEGINS SEARCH FOR 2021 FAIR SLOGAN
Given the unprecedented year of 2020, and in hopeful anticipation of the 2021 Fair, the Nevada County Fair theme for 2021 is all about optimism, resiliency, and coming together as a community. To find the perfect slogan for the 2021 Fair, the Fairgrounds is offering a slogan contest. Do you have an idea for a catchy or fun slogan that captures the spirit of the 2021 Fair theme? If so, submit it!
Visit the Fairgrounds website at NevadaCountyFair.com to submit a slogan. Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 27, 2020. No phone entries will be accepted. The winner of the slogan selected will receive a 2021 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.
Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and social media, and is used to inspire special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the Fair.
The 2021 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 11 – 15. For a complete list of contest rules and information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
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We are so excited to open the Fairgrounds again to walkers beginning tomorrow (Monday). The grounds will be open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday. Walkers should go through Gate 1 to enter the grounds (all other gates will remain closed), a waiver should be completed at the gate, and following social distancing protocol is required. The Youth Hub/Distance Learning Center at Main Street Center also opens on Monday. We’ve missed our community and are excited to welcome them back! A big thank you to the County of Nevada for making this all happen.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 6, 2020
Contact: Wendy Oaks, Deputy Manager, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; WendyO@NevadaCountyFair.com
SIMI LYSS INDUCTED INTO NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HALL OF FAME
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors recently inducted Dr. Simi Lyss into the Nevada County Fairgrounds Hall of Fame. The Board recognized Lyss as the 2020 Hall of Fame inductee for his longtime service and commitment to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Simi first became involved with the Fairgrounds as a volunteer with the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Club, where he assisted the group in renovating their displays and expanding their youth outreach program. During that time, he began attending Fairgrounds Board meetings and was ultimately appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. He went on to serve on the Board for 14 years, where he worked tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds. He was instrumental in the formation of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, which continues to serve a vital role in supporting and improving the health and beauty of the Fairgrounds and fostering projects that develop local youth in agriculture. As a nature supporter, he also initiated and funded the tree reforestation program at the Fairgrounds.
“Simi’s commitment to serve the Fairgrounds and the community has proven to be valuable and noteworthy,” said Jeanette Royal, president of the Fairgrounds Board of Directors. “His extensive executive experience and financial background have greatly benefitted the Board, and we are so thankful for his years of selfless commitment and professionalism.”
Simi is a Board-certified dermatologist who retired from active practice in 1999. Working roles included Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Health Partners of the Southeast; Regional Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente, Northeast Region; Chief of Staff of Kaiser Foundation Hospital; and Physician-in-Chief of The Permanente Medical Group in Walnut Creek, CA. Following retirement, Simi served as the Interim Chief Medical Officer of the Western Medical Clinic, as well as President of the Kellermann Foundation.
He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco and is American Board of Dermatology certified. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and he is a graduate of the School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University. Simi is a 1953 graduate of Nevada Union High School. He is married to wife Cookie, and together they have three children and two grandchildren.
As for the Fairgrounds, Simi says “I have so many fond memories at the Fairgrounds –from operating the push truck with my son, Rob, at the weekly races, visiting the carnival area during high school, and even helping a friend show a steer. But, by far, my fondest memories are of the people – some of whom have become my dearest friends – I’ve met along the way.”
Of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “I was totally surprised and am honored,” said Simi. “I believe the Nevada County Fairgrounds is a community treasure. There is no other place like the Fairgrounds that serves as such a valuable resource while also bringing the community together to laugh and celebrate, and I’m so proud to be part of their story.”
Simi was inducted into the Hall of Fame via Zoom at a September Board of Director’s meeting, with several friends and family in attendance to express their congratulations and appreciation for Simi. He received a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.
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Photo by Shaffers Originals
Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Country Christmas Faire. The Board made the decision to cancel the event after reviewing the California Department of Public Health’s most recent guidelines for gatherings in the state. We will miss our Country Christmas Faire exhibitors and attendees, but we look forward to safely welcoming back all to the Country Christmas Faire in 2021. Photo by Lenkland Photogrpahy.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 7, 2020
Bid and Buy at the 2020 Nevada County Fair Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction
The Nevada County Fairgrounds, in partnership with the Nevada County Livestock Producers, will host an online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction on August 13 – 15 at NevadaCountyFair.com. The auction opens at 9 am on August 13 and begins closing on August 15 at 9 am, with lots closing in 90 second intervals until the final lot is complete.
The auction provides an opportunity to support youth in agriculture, fill your freezer with delicious locally-raised meat, and purchase hand-crafted projects for your home and garden.
Online bidding will be open for three days. During that time, buyers can bid on animals and projects, support the exhibitors individually with “Add On” bids through the online platform or they can contribute to a “Community Pool” of funds that will be used to broadly support the sale and junior exhibitors.
The 2019 Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics auctions grossed a record setting $736,000 for the youth of Nevada County. These auctions represent the culmination of a long year of work and dedication by FFA, 4-H and independent youth exhibitors. Each bid and purchase is an investment in the next generation of agriculture and supports their future projects in agriculture, college funding and vocational training.
If you are a new buyer, please complete the new buyer registration form at NevadaCountyFair.com in advance of the online auction. Existing buyers are already in the system, but if your contact information has changed, please call the Fairgrounds Office to update. Once the auction begins on August 13, all buyers will be able to log in, review the auction lots, and bid. The Fairgrounds website has a page dedicated to buyers and includes information about how to bid and buy and will include a direct link to the auction once it opens.
For information about the auction or participating in the auction, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Happy Monday! It’s week five of our virtual exhibit contests and this week’s challenge is to draw your favorite thing/scene at the Fair. Create a drawing with paint, ink pens, pencils or whatever you choose to create a drawing of your favorite thing/scene at the Fair. Post a picture of your drawing below. Have fun!
* Limit one entry per person
* Post a photo of your entry on this post or send us a message at .
* When posting your entry, add the first name of exhibitor and age (only add the age if it is a youth entry) to the post.
* Entries must be posted by Sunday at 5 pm.
* Best of Show and 1st – 6th place ribbons will be awarded
* First place winners and Best of Show will also receive a free admission ticket to next year’s Fair.
* Contest open to adults and youth
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the sponsors who have already stepped up in a big way in support of the 2020 online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction, including presenting sponsor River Valley Community Bank and additional sponsors A to Z Supply, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, Economy Pest Control, Ferrellgas, First US Community Credit Union, Grass Valley Chevron, Mertens Insurance Agency, Peter’s Drilling and Pump Service, SPD Markets, The Union Newspaper, and YubaNet. Your community support is so appreciated! Is your business interested in being a sponsor of this unique event? If so, contact for details.
- To fill your freezer with local, naturally delicious meat that has been raised with the utmost care.
- To support youth livestock exhibitors, who are annually certified in the quality care of animals.
- To purchase custom, handcrafted Ag Mechanics projects for your home and garden.