Special Contests and Activities (2018)

Information about special contests in the Special Events Tent at the 2018 Nevada County Fair.

Ultimate Food Contests

Daily (Enter by July 23 or at the Fair)
Enter the Ultimate Food Contests, which are held each day at 6pm in the Special Events Tent. The food contests are a fun way to show off a favorite recipe. New this year, you can enter online by July 23, or bring your completed entry form (and your food entry) to the Special Events tent during the Fair: see the full entry instructions and entry form on page 13 of the Competition Handbook.

  • Wednesday: “Summer Salads” (create a favorite salad – fresh fruit, potato, vegetable, pasta, or any other summer salad)
  • Thursday: “My Best Dish” (create a signature dish – a main dish, side dish, or a dish of your choice)
  • Friday: “A Bushel of Salsa or Pico de Gallo” (create your best salsa or Pico de Gallo – mild, medium, or hot)
  • Saturday: “Building Brownies” (bake a pan of brownies, either from scratch or by building upon a box mix, and add your unique touch for the best brownie ever)
  • Sunday: “Your Favorite Pie” (create your favorite pie)

2018 Special Events Tent Fun

Bushels of Fun Kids Games
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (noon-1 pm)
Join the fun! There will be fresh air bobbin’ for apples, apple jacks races, the fruit basket game and much more.

Fruity Fun Kids Crafts
Wednesday and Thursday (1 – 2 pm)
We’ll be making apples out of yarn, 3D pears and peaches and fruit shaped sun catchers. Build just one or make them all! Sponsored by Ben Franklin

Apple Architecture
Wednesday (2 pm), Friday (3 pm), and Sunday (2:30 pm)
Construct creatures, buildings, you name it, using apple chunks and toothpicks!

Jell-O Eatin’ Contest
Wednesday (3:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Jell-O fans of all ages are encouraged to join us for this wacky contest. Be the first to finish a bowl of Jell-O and whipped cream – without using your hands! Prizes awarded for winners in each category.

Live Art Showdown
Saturday (1:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Artists of all ages will each create a painting in 20 minutes. The audience will then vote for their favorite. Great prizes awarded to our winners. Advanced registration required. Sponsored in part by Community Canvas

Live Art Showdown Flyer and Entry Form

Mini Bushel Making
Thursday and Friday (2 – 3 pm) 
Turn a paper cup, craft sticks and yarn into your own mini bushel…come weave a take home basket. Sponsored by Ben Franklin

Frozen T-Shirt Challenge
Thursday and Sunday (3 – 4:30 pm) 
Be the first to fit into a frozen t-shirt. Shirts are doused with water, scrunched and frozen. The object is to thaw the t-shirt and successfully fit your head and arms into the shirt. The first person to do so in their age category will be the winner. Entrants receive a free t-shirt. Limited number of entrants allowed. Sponsored by Matheson Graphics

Squash Mobile Racing
Friday (Noon – 2 pm)
Attach wheels to a squash and watch it go. Bring a squash and get ready to race. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.

Bubble Gum Blow Off
Friday (3:30 – 4:30 pm)
Bubble blowers of all ages are invited to join the fun. The biggest bubbles in each category will earn the biggest prizes! Bubble gum provided. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to contest time.

Goat Yoga Class
Saturday (11:00 – 11:45 am)
Yes, it’s a thing!  We invite you to take a relaxing yoga class under the shade of the Special Events Tent with Mariah Sunrae of Warmth Yoga Studio.  As you enter the perfect Tree Pose look forward to being greeted by the bleat of a pygmy goat.  That’s right, goats will be in the space with you for the entirety of the class.  They may jump on your back, sniff your ear or snuggle on your yoga mat while you move into Child’s Pose.  (Space is limited. Sign ups starting at 10 am on Saturday. Appropriate yoga attire required, yoga mats provided but feel free to bring your own.)

Live Art Showdown
Saturday (1:30 – 4:30 pm)
Artists of all ages will each create a painting in 20 minutes. The audience will then vote for their favorite. Great prizes awarded to our winners. Advanced registration required at NevadaCountyFair.com. Sponsored in part by Community Canvas

Duct Tape Art Challenge
Sunday (kids at 1 pm; adults at 1:45)
If you love creating with Duct Tape, don’t miss this contest. Kids and adults can join the fun creating a project to vie for prizes. You will have 30 minutes to create an item or thing, and Fair-themed items are highly encouraged. Clickhere for ideas and inspiration. No pre-registration required, just show up 10 minutes prior to start time. Some tape (colors and patterns) will be available to use; however, if your intended project requires specific colors/patterns or additional supplies, please provide. Sponsored by Foothill Mercantile. 

“Minute to Win It”
Daily (4:30-5:30 pm)
Based on the popular TV show, come try to beat the clock. No entry forms or fees required. All ages welcome. Show up and get ready to play!

Every Night (8 – 11pm); Sunday (8 – 10pm)
Sing your heart out and show off your talent. Join fellow Fair goers for fun and entertaining rounds of karaoke. No pre-registration required; just come to the Special Events Tent, sign up, and get ready to sing.