We’ve been busy this week at the Western Fairs Association‘s convention learning about the industry’s best practices, and today we did a presentation on an inspiring collaboration between the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the Fair. The program, called the Search for the Sheriff Star, won a first place award in WFA’s Achievement Awards program (congratulations, Sheriff’s Office)! We’re so thankful for our community partnerships, and always proud to represent our community!
A record setting year for Fair auctions and youth in agriculture, 7,200 community exhibits, numerous community partnerships, T-Rex Races, and more than $1.1 million raised by local nonprofit organizations and food vendors all made for a successful 2019 Nevada County Fair. Below is a wrap-up of the 2019 Fair.
- Approximately 96,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
- A record-breaking $1,125,000 was raised by local nonprofit organizations on Treat Street and Fair food vendors.
- There were 221 lots sold at the Junior Livestock Auction and 59 projects sold at the Ag Mechanics Auction. Together, the two auctions grossed a record setting $736,000 for the youth of Nevada County. This is an increase of $65,000 over 2018.
- This year’s Fair included more than 7,200 exhibit entries. From homemade jellies and jams, photography, fruits and vegetables, baked cookies, quilts, fairy gardens, and homebrew, the Fair’s exhibit program offers more than a thousand classes for children and adults to enter and showcases the talents of the community.
- A total of 78 businesses sponsored and partnered with the Fair to fund services and projects, including contests in the special events tent, charging stations, free shuttle rides, and the hay bucking contest.
- One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with Vitalant, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Nevada County 211, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, Nevada County Diaper Project, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and The White Barn Project to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 2,000 pounds of food were collected, 68 blood donors were registered and 54 pints of blood were donated, and 800 books, 300 prescription eye glasses, 75 prom dresses, and 900 diapers were donated.
- More than 120 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
- The first annual T-Rex race was held at Sunday’s Destruction Derby. The race, which featured local law enforcement and first responders competed for the coveted T-Rex trophy, made local and national news.
- The Fair teamed up with the Nevada County Library on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 320 coupons were given to young readers in our community.
- The Fair partnered with the Nevada County Farm Bureau Foundation to create the Family Farm, an area dedicated to education in local agriculture.
“The Nevada County Fair is a reflection of this community,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It represents local partnerships, extraordinary volunteer efforts, hardworking kids in the barns, and amazing generosity. Our community is what makes this Fair so special, and we are extremely thankful for their continued support. “
The 2020 Nevada County Fair is August 12 – 16, 2020.
Don’t miss the spectacular arena events happening at the Nevada County Fair, August 7-11! This year features the new Motocross Madness happening on Thursday night! Returning favorites include the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Monster and Rough Trucks on Friday and Saturday, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday. Buy your tickets today!
Visit one of the auctions at this year’s Fair to support our local youth in agriculture and all their hard work!
Thanks to our very own Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, the Pine Tree Stage will have new shade and lights for the Fair! Here’s a sneak peek (we’re not done yet). Now you can sit beneath the shade during Fair while enjoying your favorite goodie from Treat Street and listening to your favorite band. Thank you, Fairgrounds Foundation, for your continued support of California’s most beautiful Fairgrounds!
Who’s ready for tons of fun at the Nevada County Fair, August 7 – 11? Buy your tickets now and save money on admission and carnival tickets. Order online or stop by the Fair Office. See you at the Fair!
Enter an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair! If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, we have a class for you. The deadline to turn in entry forms is July 22, so visit NevadaCountyFair.com to get started. It’s easy to enter and it’s fun to visit the Fair and see your entries on display
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is looking for a seasonal Marketing Assistant and a Seasonal Maintenance Aide for the 2019 Fair season. This is a fun, busy place to work! For a job description and application, visit here.
Love going through photos from the season and coming across beauties like this! Aren’t these draft horses magnificent?! Can’t wait to see them again in September! Photo by Lenkaland Photography.