Special Contests and Activities

Plan a visit or two to the Special Events Tent at the 2020 Nevada County Fair for action-packed activities! No sign-up required (except Live Art Showdown) – just show up, have fun and win some cool prizes! 


Ultimate Food Contests (2019)

Daily (Enter 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. You can bring your completed entry form (and your food entry) to the Special Events tent during the Fair.

  • During the Fair, forms are available at the refrigerator in the Special Events Tent. Again, you need to complete the form and bring it with your entry on the day of the contest.**Entering during the Fair does not include free admission to the Fair; however, the $2 exhibit entry fee is waived.

  • Wednesday: “Serve It Up Spuds” Potato Salad
  • Thursday: “Fun With Honey”
  • Friday: “Garden Fresh Salsa or Pico de Gallo”
  • Saturday: “My Blue Ribbon Dish”
  • Sunday: “Fresh From The Oven” Pie

Special Events Tent Activities

“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!

Fun Farm Food Kid Games
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (noon-1 pm)
Join the fun! We will be playing games and racing with eggs, potatoes and, of course, mini tractors. Get ready to race and play for prizes.

Be a Farmer Fun 
Wednesday (1 pm), Thursday (2 pm), Friday (3 pm),  and Sunday (2 pm)
Let’s pretend we’re on the Farm! Come to the Tent and make Ice Cream in a bag or Butter in a jar. We’ll also be planting seeds to take home.

Fun Fruit & Veggie Art – sponsored by Ben Franklin
Wednesday and Friday (2 – 3 pm)
We’ll be stamping with fruits and vegetables or try your hand at painting a rock to create your favorite fruit or veggie.

Jell-O Eatin’ Contest
Wednesday (3:30 – 4:30 pm)
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.

“Make a Farm” Kid Crafts – sponsored by Ben Franklin     

Thursday and Sunday (1 – 2 pm)
Create your own farm with craft sticks – Make a barn, a tractor and all the farm animals too. Make your favorite or make them all!

Frozen T-Shirt Challenge
Thursday (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) at the Special Events Tent
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.

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 (print out and mail in PDF entry form below). Sponsored in part by Community Canvas

Live Art Showdown Entry Form

Watermelon Eating Challenge
Sunday (3:00 – 4:30 pm)
Do you like watermelon? A lot? Join us for this new contest. Be the first to finish your slice of melon, without using your hands and win! Prizes awarded for winners in each category.

Karaoke
Every Night (8 – 11pm); Sunday (8 – 10 pm)
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.