Thank you, Grass Valley Rotary Club, for the Trees

Thank you to Grass Valley Rotary Club for the donation of these Maple trees to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. As soon as they are planted, we’ll post pictures of them in their new home. We’re currently working on planting Maples, Pin Oaks and a Redwood in the RV Park (thanks to donations from Grass Valley Host Lions, Nevada City Lions, Foothill Lions and members of the Gold Country Lions Club) and we’ll be posting photos of that planting soon. We so appreciate the support of our community in keeping our Fairgrounds beautiful!

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Nevada County Food and Toy Run Success!

Thank you to the more than 1,800 (!!) motorcyclists who participated in today’s Nevada County Food And Toy Run; and to all those who brought food and toys to the Fairgrounds! So cool to see so many motorcycles out here! Thank you all for making many, many children and families happy this holiday season! Travel home safely! Photo by Brad Bradster.

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Nevada Union FFA Greenhand/FFA Chapter Degree Ceremony

Thank you Nevada Union FFA for inviting Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds, to speak at last night’s Greenhand/FFA Chapter Degree ceremony. Congratulations to all the students who received their degrees, and thank you all for your hard work, for being excellent role models in your school, and for serving our community as representatives of youth in agriculture. You make us proud!

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Holiday Gift Ideas from the Fairgrounds Foundation

Looking for fun and unique gifts for those on your holiday shopping list? How about a Fairgrounds Foundation membership, which includes tickets to the annual Fair and Draft Horse Classic? Or tickets to the 2018 Cioppino Feed at the Fairgrounds? Both make excellent gifts and are on sale now. You can purchase these gifts by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road or by emailing moc.r1513291619iaFyt1513291619nuoCa1513291619daveN1513291619@noit1513291619adnuo1513291619F1513291619. Give the gift of tickets to some of Nevada County’s most popular events, all while supporting one of our community’s most valuable resources – the Nevada County Fairgrounds!

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fairgrounds, and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

Introducing the Artwork for the 2018 Draft Horse Classic Poster

Introducing the artwork for the 2018 Draft Horse Classic poster. This beautiful painting is titled “The Wash Rack” and is done by artist Yvonne Bonacci.  Yvonne painted this from a photo she took at last year’s Draft Horse Classic and it has already received numerous awards, including first place and People’s Choice at the National Art of the Horse Show, Best of Show and Artist Choice at Art at the Classic, and was a finalist at two international shows. Yvonne is thrilled (“a dream come true”) to be chosen as this year’s artist, and we thank Yvonne for sharing her talent with us!  The 2018 Draft Horse Classic is September 20 – 23. 

Categories: Draft Horse Classic and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Country Christmas Faire Wrap-Up and Gingerbread Competition Results

Last weekend’s Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds saw more than 10,000 visitors, welcomed more than 120 vendors, featured 60 gingerbread houses, and hosted a canned food drive.

The 15th Annual Gingerbread House Competition featured 60 entries.  Of those entries, the Best of Show was awarded to Kathy Kinney of Grass Valley and the People’s Choice Award went to Mary Sweet and Austin Ault of Rocklin. The Best of Show is chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice is selected through ballots cast by individuals who attend the Christmas Faire.

First place winners include Keilani Strachan, Breck Lumbard, and Deacon McCollum (age 5 & under); Caylee Sinnock and Katelyn Ines (age 6-8); Savannah McNeely, Finn Becker, and Kenzie McCormick (age 9 – 12);  Nicholas Husak, Sebastian Lancaster, Sunny Deily, and Jacklynn Anderson (Kits: Age 8 and under); Owen Strolle (age 13-17); Kathy Kinney (age 18 -64); Richard Decker (age 65 & over); Violet Weston (Special Needs); 1st Grade Scotten After School Program (group – children); Ramey Cousins (group – teens); and the Dorer-Bratton Family (family category).

At Sunday’s canned food drive, Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538, with help from Boy Scout Troop 21, collected canned food donations for families in need during the holiday season.

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found here. The 2018 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 23, 24, and 25.

Gingerbread House, 2017 Best of Show winner, by Kathy Kinney

2017 Best of Show award, Gingerbread House Competition, by Kathy Kinney.


2017 People's Choice Award, Gingerbread House

2017 People’s Choice Award (Mary Sweet and Austin Ault)

Categories: Country Christmas Faire, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.