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August 10 – 14, 2016

2016 Nevada County Fair PosterWe have five days of excitement and fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages. The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices!

Tickets go on sale June 1.

General Information

Dates: August 10 – 14, 2016
Location: 11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-6217
(39.20770, -121.0766) Google Maps

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Advance Sale Ticket Prices

Advanced Sale offers are valid June 1 until Tuesday, August 9 at 5 pm.

Advance Special Admission Ticket—$6
5-Day Fair Pass—$30. Allows unlimited gate entry for all 5 days.
Event Parking Pass—$25. Allows unlimited parking entry for all 5 days.
“Be A Kid Again” Adult Admission—$4 (Thursday only)
Carnival wristband—$23 “Pay One Price”. Good any one day.
Arena Events (below): Advance tickets available (Fair admission is also required in order to attend any arena event.)


Job Fair for Fair Season Jobs

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a Job Fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s Fair season on Thursday, June 2, from 3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. A list of jobs available is listed below, and applications will be available at the Job Fair. If you are interested in working at the Fairgrounds during the 2016 season, plan to attend the Job Fair.

Part Time Employment Job Descriptions


Mandatory Registration of Market Animals and Livestock

Below are the registration deadlines for the Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration for Market Animals and other livestock. Full details here.

 Code of Ethics

Market Goat, Lambs, Swine and Turkeys
Registration opens: May 23
Deadline: June 10 at 4 pm

Market Goats and Sheep Paperwork

 Mandatory Sheep and Goat Registration Instructions
Scrapie Instructions
FFA Market Sheep Entry Form
4H Market Sheep Entry Form
FFA Market Goat Entry Form
 4H Market Goat Entry Form
 Livestock Entry Form Back

Market Swine Paperwork

Mandatory Swine Registration Instructions
Swine Ear Notching Diagram – Not Tagging Day 2016
FFA Market Swine Entry Form
4H Market Swine Entry Form
Livestock Entry Form Back

Market Turkey Paperwork

Mandatory Turkey Registration Instructions
Market Turkey Entry Form
 Livestock Entry Form Back

Ag Mechanics, Ag Mechanics Auction, Market Eggs, Broiler and Rabbit Meat Pens
Registration opens: June 1
Deadline: July 8, 4:00 pm
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.

All Other Livestock
Entry forms due by: Friday, July 8 at 4 pm
No extensions will be made.
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.


Vendor Applications

Would you like to be a vendor at the 2016 Fair? We love our vendors, and we always welcome new vendors! If you are interested, submit this vendor application (or pick up a paper application in the Fair Office).

Vendor Application for 2016 Nevada County Fair


Rules/Information for Destruction Derby Drivers:

Derby Rules & Pay Outs

Derby Stock Class Rules

Derby ChainNGo Rules


Application for Community Showcase Acts

Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration, a cheerleading demonstration, or show off your baton twirling skills? The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for community acts and demonstration to perform at the 2016 Nevada County Fair. There is no paid compensation for community showcases and demonstrations. To be considered, applications must be returned by June 3

Community Showcase Application for 2016 Nevada County Fair


2015 Nevada County Fair Exhibit Winners

The 2015 Nevada County Fair had more than 7,000 exhibit entries. Wow! What a talented community! Below are lists of the livestock and still exhibit winners by category.

2015 Livestock Winners

2015 Still Exhibit Winners

2015 Competition Handbook (large)


Scenes from the 2015 Fair


As a reminder, pets are not allowed on the grounds during the Nevada County Fair, except for those canines entered in Fair competitions or assisting a disabled Nevada County Fair visitor or participant.