General Information
About the Nevada County Fair

Dates: August 9 – 13, 2017
Location: 11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-6217
(39.20770, -121.0766) Google Maps
Maps and Directions to the Fair

Hours of the Fair

Wednesday through Sunday—10 am to 11 pm
Exhibit buildings 10 am—10 pm, Sunday until 9 pm
Carnival opens at 11 am daily
Worship Services: 9 – 10 am on Sunday in the Special Events Tent

Advance Sale Ticket Prices

Advanced Sales begin June 1.
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—$25 “Pay One Price”. Good any one day.

See Arena Events for their advance pricing.

Gate Admission (during the Fair)

General Admission Adult—$9
Senior (65+)—$6
Children (6-12)—$4
Children (5 and under)—Free
Active Military (show ID)—Free*
*Free admission is for active & retired military only; does not include family.
Carnival wristband—$30 (available at the Butler Amusement ticket booths)
Daily Parking—$6 (allows one time parking entrance only; no in and out parking privileges)
Event Parking Pass – $25 (allows unlimited parking for all five days)
Special Food Contest Exhibitors—Admitted on the Event Day—Free
“Five Until Five” – Fair-goers will be admitted for $5 until 5 pm on Sunday

*Please note that admission to the Fair is not included with an arena event purchase. If you purchase arena tickets by Tuesday, August 9, at 5 pm, you can also purchase admission to the Fair for only $6.

Services Available During the Fair

  • ATM—An ATM is available at the front of Main Street Center at Gate 1; and outside the Sugar Pine Lodge, near the Pine Tree Stage.

  • Guest Services—(Lost Children, Information, Wheelchairs, Strollers, and Lost & Found). The Fair’s Guest Services is located at the Gate 1. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Explorer Scouts provide lost children service at Guest Services. The rental of wheelchairs and strollers is available on a first come, first serve basis. Lost friends and family should also plan to meet each other at Guest Services.

  • First Aid—Professional medical personnel are on the grounds during operating hours of the Fair. The First Aid station is located in the Horse Office.

  • Security—There is 24-hour security on the grounds during the Fair. Employees wearing red shirts are equipped with radios and can contact the head of security or First Aid immediately.

  • Rock ‘n Relax Lounge: The Rock ‘n Relax Lounge provides moms with a cool, quiet room to feed and change their babies. Located in Ponderosa Hall, it is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.

  • Charging Stations: Phone charging stations are available next to Guest Services at Gate 1, and next to the Pine Tree Stage near Treat Street.

  • Shuttle Service—There is free parking at Nevada Union High School (39.24011, -121.0570) (map). A free shuttle bus runs every half-hour from Nevada Union High School to the Fairgrounds. Shuttle service begins at 8:30 am. The last bus leaves the Fairgrounds at 11:30 pm.

  • Take the Gold Country Stage to the Fair and save on parking.

  • Fair Programs—Programs listing all Fair events and maps are available at the gates while supply lasts.

2017 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.

Market Beef
Registration Closed.

Market Goat, Lambs, Swine and Turkeys
Registration opens: May 22
Deadline: June 9 at 4 pm
Registration instructions will be available early May.

Ag Mechanics, Ag Mechanics Auction, Market Eggs, Broiler and Rabbit Meat Pens
Registration opens: June 1
Deadline: July 7, 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 7 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.

Still don’t see what you’re looking for? Call (530) 273-6217.

As a reminder, pets are not allowed
on the grounds during the Fair.