Country Christmas Faire Coloring Contest

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is offering a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the annual Country Christmas Faire, November 23 – 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Coloring sheets are available at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road or they can be downloaded here

There are two drawings to choose from, and it’s free to enter the coloring contest. Simply choose your favorite drawing, fill out the entry form, complete the drawing, and return it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds – either by mail or in person – before November 16.  The coloring contest is limited to one entry per person.

The coloring contest is divided into seven categories: five years old and under, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 12 years, 13 – 17 years, 18 – 64 years, 65 and over, and special needs. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.  Winners will receive carnival ride coupons for the 2019 Nevada County Fair.   

All entries will be on display in Ponderosa Hall with the gingerbread houses during the Country Christmas Faire.  Winners will be announced with ribbons on opening day of the Country Christmas Faire.

The Country Christmas Faire features four exhibit buildings filled with handcrafted gifts and unique crafts. Visitors to the Faire also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus, and a community bonfire. The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 23, and runs through Sunday, November 25.  The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.  On Sunday only, bring a can of food and receive $1 off admission. All food will be collected by the Interfaith Food Ministry and distributed in December to those in need.  

For more information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.

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Enter the Gingerbread House Competition

How about creating a gingerbread house to enter in the Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire? There are lots of categories to choose from and all those who enter receive a free admission ticket to the Christmas Faire. Forms are available here or at the Fairgrounds Office. The deadline to turn in the form is November 16. It’s all part of the fun at the Country Christmas Faire, November 23 – 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California. An annual event featuring artists, gingerbread houses, and Santa.

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This Weekend: Gold Country Alpaca Show

Have you ever met an alpaca? Now is your chance! Check out the Gold Country Gathering Alpaca Show in the livestock area at the Fairgrounds this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 9 am to 4 pm. See them show, learn about these inquisitive animals, and then visit the alpaca product vendor section for some great gift ideas. Admission is free. 


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Gem and Mineral Show at the Fairgrounds

This weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds – it’s the Earth’s Treasures Gem and Mineral Show, held in Main Street Center on Saturday and Sunday (October 6 & 7) from 10 am to 5 pm. This is a great place to meet other enthusiasts, buy supplies, and experience everything the rock and mineral hobby has to offer. Presented by the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society.

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Grand National Rodeo (featuring Bobby Kerr and Tomas Garcilazo)

For all our rodeo, Bobby Kerr, Tomas Garcilazo, and equestrian fans, the Grand National Rodeo, happening October 12-13 and 19-20 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, will feature all of the above! The show is packed with events – horseshow, drill team, livestock show, western marketplace, music and dancing and more. For discounted tickets, visit…/website-res…/gnr-coupons-2018/447 and use promo code: SAVE6. Have fun!

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2018 Draft Horse Classic Results

Awards for the 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Mark Sparrow of Eldora, Iowa judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the three day event. Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for nearly $40,000 in premium awards.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Rees Family Belgians of Elk, WA. Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award. The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Nattie Book of Mudslinger Ranch, Durham, CA. The Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award went to Jeff Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Livermore, CA; and Jeron Schubert of Rees Family Belgians, Elk, WA, won the Youth of the Show award.

More than 800 entries were entered in the Harvest Fair, including wreaths, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods. In the scarecrow division, the People’s Choice award went to Pamela Roschke.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured more than 50 artists, was Lynn Maderich for “Early Morning at the Horse Show.” The People’s Choice award went to Shirley Isola for “Winner’s Strut.”

A complete list of 2018 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is available here.

The 2019 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 22. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019. 

The winner of the Draft Horse Classic’s Ultimate Hitch Award – Rees Family Belgians, based out of Elk, WA – performs in the arena at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic. The 2018 Draft Horse Classic results are now posted at Photo by Lenkaland Photography

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