General Information
About the Nevada County Fair

Dates: August 12 – 16, 2020
Location: 11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-6217
This is a smoke free event.
(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 open 11 am—11 pm
Worship Services: 9 – 10 am on Sunday in the Special Events Tent

General 2019 information for Fairgoers (Hours, Arena Events, Food Contests & More)

2019 Days of the Fair

Daily Events, August 7 – 11
Every Day
Listing of events that happen every day of the Fair.
pdf Daily Events

Wednesday, August 7
Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm (by invitation only from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools)
pdf Wednesday Schedule- August 7

Thursday, August 8
Community Day
$3 admission all day for adults and children (free to children 5 and under)
Free admission for disabled persons (and a chaperone for those who require assistance) until 5 pm
pdf Thursday Schedule- August 8

Friday, August 9
Family Friday
One free carnival ride coupon and free Fair souvenir to first 500 guests
pdf Friday Schedule- August 9

Saturday, August 10
Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm*
*For active and retired military members only and does not include family
pdf Saturday Schedule- August 10

Sunday, August 11
Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm
pdf Sunday Schedule- August 11

Fair Exhibitor Information

Fair Exhibit entries open June 1. For Livestock Dates, see Enter an Exhibit. 

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Services Available During the Fair

Pets–Pets are not allowed on the grounds during the Nevada County Fair, except for service dogs or canines entered in Fair competitions.

ATM–ATM machines are located near Gate 1 at Main Street Center, Sugar Pine Lodge near the Pine Tree Stage, and outside Foundation Station.

Guest Services–(Lost Children, Information, Lost and Found, Wheelchairs, and Strollers) The information booth and lost and found services are located at Gate 1, inside the Main Street Center lobby.  Also located at Gate 1 are lost children services and wheelchair and stroller rentals. 

First Aid–The First Aid Station is located in the Log Cabin at the arena end of Treat Street. Professional medical personnel are on the grounds during operating hours of the Fair.

Security–Twenty-four hour security is provided throughout the Fairgrounds during the Fair by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. 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.
Diaper Changing Stations: Available in the men’s and women’s restrooms across from the KNCO Gazebo.

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

Outside Food and Water–Water and outside food are allowed to be brought on the grounds; however, glass bottles, aluminum cans and bottles, and ice chests are prohibited. Small lawn chairs are allowed.

Prohibited Items–Items never allowed inside the Fair include guns, knives, metal objects with sharp surfaces that could be used as weapons, the wearing of gang colors in any manner, alcohol, glass containers, pets, roller skates, bicycles, skateboards, and scooters.

Smoke Free Event–The Nevada County Fairgrounds does not allow smoking or vaping during the Fair on the Fairgrounds, except in designated outdoor areas.  Those who desire to smoke or use a vaping device must visit one of the four designated smoking areas within the Fairgrounds.

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.

The Gold Country Stage will provide a Grass Valley shuttle bus to and from the Nevada County Fair during the days of August 7 – 11, 2019, with free fare system wide. The direct-to-Fair bus will be available in Grass Valley and will depart from Church and Neal Streets (in front of Tri-Counties Bank) starting at 10:30 am on Wednesday and at 9:30 am on Thursday through Sunday. The bus runs every 30 minutes with additional stops at the Pine Creek and K-Mart shopping centers and the Tinloy Transit Center. The last departure from the Fairgrounds leaves at 11:00 pm. Call 477-0103, extension 0, for schedules, pick-up points or trip planning. Additional information is available at

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

Pets–Except for service dogs, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the grounds during the Fair. Pets providing emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship are not recognized as service animals under ADA regulations and are not permitted.

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

Except for service dogs, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the grounds during the Fair. Pets providing emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship are not recognized as service animals under ADA regulations and are not permitted.