Farm to Table Dinner on Treat Street

To celebrate it’s 100th birthday, the Nevada County Farm Bureau is hosting its first ever Farm to Table dinner on Treat Street at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Dinner will be prepared by Chef Carlos Trujillo with local foods grown by Nevada County farmers and ranchers and served with local wines. This one-of-a-kind experience happens on July 22 at 5 pm on Treat Street. For tickets, visit here or call 530.346.8146.

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July 3 and 4 Activities

Looking for something fun to do on July 3 and 4? Check out the fun activities happening right here in Nevada County – Music in the Mountains “Patriotic Pops” on July 3, a parade in downtown Grass Valley on July 4, and fireworks at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Wednesday night.

July 3:

Music in the Mountains: Happening on July 3, Music in the Mountains will end their popular SummerFest Concert Series with an outdoor concert, Patriotic Pops! Pack the family picnic basket and wave the flag. It’s a celebration under the stars! Visit for tickets and additional information.

July 4:

Fourth of July Celebration Parade: This year’s parade takes place in historic downtown Nevada City.  The parade begins at 11 am, and will include approximately 75 entries. The festive parade makes its way down Broad Street in downtown Nevada City. 

Fireworks: Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Live music and entertainment, craft fair, bounce houses, face painters , balloons, food and refreshments are offered. Fairgrounds gates open at 3 pm, entertainment begins at 4 pm, and the fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

The Nevada County Fourth of July celebration is co-sponsored by Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, the Grass Valley Downtown Association, and the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets in advance are $10, at the gate $15.  For information, visit here. 

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Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 31st annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 21 – 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Glenn Lewis of Springfield, MO judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show, and Jason Harmeson of Lakeside, CA judged the horseshoeing competition.

Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.  

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was David and Patsy Cunningham of Meadowlake Belgians, from Carlton, OR.

Susan McCarty of Live Oak Belgians, Upper Lake, CA, and Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, were recognized as the outstanding lady drivers, accumulating high points to both win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Cheryl Pritchett, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of fellow teamsters. Pritchett is from Wilton, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Josh Albrecht of Durham, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

In the Halter Show, the Overall Supreme Champion horse was shown and owned by Lawrence McGibbon of Carlaw Clydes, based out of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Carlaw Clydes also received the Supreme Champion Gelding and the Supreme Champion Matched Pair awards. Bulah, a Percheron owned by Crown Over Cross Percherons of Upper Lake, CA, and shown by Dana DiRicco, was awarded the Supreme Champion Mare.  

The winner in the 2017 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Kurt Fisk of Bend, OR; and the Live Best Shoeing winner was Michael Deleonardo of Salinas, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 1,000 items entered, People’s Choice winners include Owen Strolle in the Produce Character category; Heidi Cook for Artistic Corner; Denise Durham for Floriculture; Nancy Brown for Scarecrows; and Katie Savage for the Youth/Teen category.

At Art at the Classic, which featured more than 30 artists, the Best of Show winner in Painting was Yvonne Bonacci, and the Best of Show winner in Sculpture was Ingrid Smith.  The People’s Choice award went to Elizabeth Hendrix for “Teamwork.”

A complete list of 2017 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is here.

The 2018 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 23. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2018.  

Photo by J Ann Brodland



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Evacuation Update (12:15 pm on February 13)

12:15 pm update: The Nevada County Fairgrounds evacuation center is full; however, First Baptist Church has opened at 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. The Fairgrounds is still accepting large and small animals. 
The donation list remains the same: baby and adult diapers, adult underwear, socks, Lysol wipes, women’s/men’s sweatpants and sweatshirts, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, soap, Chapstick, shampoo, combs, scissors and blankets. 
From the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team (overseeing the large and small animals), there is a need for animal crates, blankets for large and small animals, and water bowls for large and small animals. 
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