The Nevada County Fair is hiring! If you’re interested in working during the 2019 Fair season and being part of the Fair team, plan to attend the Nevada County Fair Job Fair on Tuesday, June 11, from 3 – 6 pm in Main Street Center at Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds.
Fair staff will be at the event accepting applications and conducting interviews from 3 – 6 pm for all departments. Jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, ice crew, clean-up crew, and parking crew.
Working during the Fair is fast-paced, rewarding and lots of fun! A list of job descriptions and the application are posted here. Bring a completed application with you to the Job Fair. Applications will be available onsite if needed.
The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11. For information, call (530) 273-6217.
Introducing Fun Fair Camp, where kids get to create an exhibit to enter in the Fair. Sew a pillow or pot holder, learn photography and prepare a photo to enter, make cookies and take home the recipe to prepare for your Fair entry, or paint a clay pot to enter in the “Farm Fun Planter Pots” division. This fun day camp is happening on Monday, June 24, from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and is available to ages 6-12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the Fair Office to register or give us a call at 530-273-6217. Don’t miss out on the fun!
The Fairgrounds maintenance team has been busy planting trees at California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds. Here are pictures of six of the 13 trees being planted. Trees make us happy! Thank you, Rotary Club of Grass Valley, for the donation of these beauties!
Call for Artists! Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, an equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, this art show features works of art by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show. If you are interested, applications are available here. Photo by Sharon O’Brien Lykins.
Draft Horse Classic tickets go on sale tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 8 am! We’re ready! So excited to have these Gentle Giants at the Fairgrounds in September. If you need tickets, give us a call or visit here.
Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours, which means that the inner grounds and gates will be open during the week and weekends from 8 am – 4:30 pm each day to walkers and bicyclists. The summer hours only apply to the inner grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Fairgrounds Administration Office, the RV Park, or any events that are taking place on the grounds during the summer months or on the weekends. Happy walking and cycling!
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is looking for a Seasonal Customer Service Assistant, as well as Seasonal Maintenance Aides. This is a fun place to work! For a job description and application, visit here.
Call for Artists! Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, a top-ranked equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, this art show features works of art in a dozen categories and more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. The show has become one of the premier displays of its kind – attracting both art lovers and horse lovers. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show. If you are interested, applications are available here. Artwork by Elizabeth Hendrix.
Due to an outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel the poultry show and poultry exhibits at the 2019 Nevada County Fair.
The decision was made after Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian and Director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), recommended that all poultry shows and poultry exhibitions be cancelled throughout the state due to the disease.
Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of birds, including chickens, that spreads quickly. According to CDFA, the disease does not affect meat or eggs but is almost always deadly to poultry. Virus particles can spread quickly by direct contact between birds, and people can spread the disease by moving infected birds, moving equipment and feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas. The only way to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease is to euthanize infected birds, and all birds within highly infected areas. Since May 2018, staff from CDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been working in joint incident command to eradicate the disease in Southern California. The virus has resulted, or will soon result, in the euthanasia of more than one million birds in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.
The Nevada County Fair joins numerous other fairs and poultry organizations to cancel shows following recommendations from the State Veterinarian.
“The poultry exhibit at the Fair is a favorite among Fair-goers and youth exhibitors,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We understand the impact this decision will have on the youth in our poultry exhibit program and we’re disappointed for the kids, however our concern is for animal health and doing our part to help stop the spread of this terrible and highly infectious disease. We will work diligently to ensure that our youth exhibitors in the poultry barn will have opportunities to participate in the Fair. The exhibits team is already working to create new classes within the poultry department that will allow exhibitors to share their knowledge and hard work.”
Other livestock events and exhibits are expected to proceed as usual at the Nevada County Fair, August 7 – 11.