Country Christmas Faire Coloring Contest: Entries Due by November 17

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 9, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Country Christmas Faire Coloring Contest

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is offering a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the annual Country Christmas Faire, November 24 – 26, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Coloring sheets are available at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road or they can be downloaded here

There are two drawings to choose from, and it’s free to enter the coloring contest. Simply choose your favorite drawing of the two, fill out the entry form, complete the drawing, and return it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds – either by mail or in person – before November 17.  The coloring contest is open to Nevada County residents only, and limited to one entry per person.

The coloring contest is divided into seven categories: five years old and under, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 12 years, 13 – 17 years, 18 – 64 years, 65 and over, and special needs. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.  Winners will receive carnival ride coupons for the 2018 Nevada County Fair.   

All entries will be on display in Ponderosa Hall with the gingerbread houses during the Country Christmas Faire.  Winners will be announced with ribbons on opening day of the Country Christmas Faire.

The Country Christmas Faire features exhibit buildings filled with handcrafted gifts and unique crafts. Visitors to the Faire also enjoy strolling entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, a visit with Santa Claus, and a community bonfire. The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26.  The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.  Admission is $5 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.  On Sunday only, bring a can of food and receive $1 off admission. All food will be collected by the Grass Valley Elks and distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

As part of the Country Christmas Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is offering a coloring contest for children and adults. Coloring sheets are due by November 17 and will be displayed at the Country Christmas Faire, November 24 – 26.

Country Christmas Faire: November 24, 25 and 26

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 14, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Country Christmas Faire
November 24, 25 and 26

The 33rd annual Country Christmas Faire is returning to the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 24, 25 and 26. 

Four large exhibit buildings will be filled with handcrafted items and gifts, giving shoppers a chance to start their holiday shopping and purchase quality handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, stained glass, candles, beadwork, fiber arts, and hundreds of other unique gifts created by talented artisans.

Visitors to the Faire can also enjoy strolling musical entertainment, a gingerbread house exhibit, and a community bonfire. Coloring contest entries will be on display alongside the gingerbread houses in Ponderosa Hall, wagon rides around the Fairgrounds will be offered, and the RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet will perform during the event. There will also be delicious food and beverages, including cinnamon rolls, coffee, hot chocolate, pulled pork nachos, fine chocolates, Philly cheesesteak, quesadillas, hand dipped doughnuts, and kettle corn. New this year, the Fairgrounds Foundation will be serving holiday spirits.

Santa will be available from 11 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 3 pm on Sunday.  Bring your camera to capture that special photo. Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit, so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping.  Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be at Main Street Center and available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

On Sunday of the Faire, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will partner with Grass Valley Elks for a canned food drive. Bring a can of food on Sunday, November 26 from 10 am to 4 pm, and receive $1 off Sunday’s admission price (one coupon per person).  All food collected by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.

The Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26. Admission is $5 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. Parking is free. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217. 

 

Canned Food Drive at Country Christmas Faire

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 17, 2017

Contact: Patrick Eidman, Deputy Manager
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Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley Elks Team Up For A Canned Food Drive At The Country Christmas Faire
Donate a can of food on Sunday, November 26, and receive $1 off admission

The Nevada County Fairgrounds and the Grass Valley Elks are teaming up at the Country Christmas Faire for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.  

Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Country Christmas Faire on Sunday, November 26, and you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day. Volunteers from Grass Valley Elks will collect the cans at the food collection bins at the Fairgrounds from 10 am – 4 pm at Gates 1, 3 and 5, which is also where you’ll receive your coupon. One coupon per person. All food collected by the Elks will be distributed in their Christmas baskets in December.  

The Country Christmas Faire is Thanksgiving weekend, November 24, 25 and 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.

For more information about the Country Christmas Faire, visit here.

Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours

Public Service Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 3, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1511251453iaFyt1511251453nuoCa1511251453daveN1511251453@aeR1511251453

Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours
Inner grounds and gates to be locked at 4:30 pm and closed on weekends

Effective immediately the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner grounds and gates will be locked at

4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends. The inner grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm.

The winter hours only affect the inner grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from

8 am to 5 pm. Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds on the weekends and during the winter months.

The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds,  call (530) 273-6217.

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Enter the Gingerbread House Competition

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Create A Gingerbread House And Win!
Submit your entry form by Friday, November 17

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical gingerbread house to enter in the 15th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 24, 25, and 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Houses, bungalows, cottages, and castles fashioned from gingerbread will be displayed for the viewing pleasure of holiday shoppers during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families, and groups. There’s even a category for children under 8 years of age who want to enter a house made by a kit. All those who enter and deliver a gingerbread house exhibit will receive two free admission passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.

Entry forms must be received at the Fairgrounds between now and Friday, November 17 by 4 pm. The actual gingerbread house must be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, November 21 between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm at Ponderosa Hall. The cost is $2 to enter. Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road, or downloaded from the Fair’s website here.

The Country Christmas Faire features the work of talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality handmade crafts and unique gifts so you can get all your holiday shopping done at the Faire. Visitors can also enjoy holiday music, gourmet festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bonfire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available in the lobby of Main Street Center to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The 33rd Annual Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 24, and runs through Sunday, November 26. The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free. On Sunday, if you bring a can of food, you’ll receive $1 off admission. All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets to hand out to those in need.

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Slogan Contest for 2018 Fair

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 16, 2017

Contact: Wendy Oaks, Information Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Search For 2018 Fair Slogan
Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2018 Nevada County Fair

Peaches, plums, cherries, pears and apples – the 2018 Fair theme is all about orchards! Now we need a slogan to go with the theme. Do you have a fun orchard slogan that would be perfect for the 2018 Nevada County Fair? Submit your ideas here and you could win a 2018 Fair admission package. Have fun!
 
Submissions must be five words or less and no trade-marked slogans will be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only. The contest runs now through November 10, 2017. For those without access to the Internet, entry forms are available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office, or information can be mailed to the Fairgrounds at P.O. Box 2687, Grass Valley, CA 95945. No phone entries will be accepted.
 
Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.
 

Fairgrounds Foundation Hosts Third Season of Speaker Series

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 31, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Offer Third Season Of Speaker Series For Youth
Sue Ebeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs at UC Davis, to serve as first speaker

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation is launching its third season of the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series. Set to begin November 8, the series brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students. At each session students have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how goals were achieved and obstacles overcome, insight regarding areas of expertise, and ask questions.

The series will feature six speakers, one each month, and will run through May. Speaker dates are November 8, January 17, February 21, March 14, April 11 and May 9.  Each session is about an hour.

The series is open to all high school Fair exhibitors, so all high school students who exhibited at this year’s Fair are invited to attend the speaker series. Those who attend five of the six speaker dates can apply for one of the two Fairgrounds Foundation scholarships offered at the end of the school year.

Sue Ebeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs at UC Davis and Professor of Viticulture and Enology, will serve as the first speaker in the series.  Additional speakers include Jerry Cirino of Cirino’s at Main Street, and Becky Bailey-Findley, Executive Director of California Fair Services Authority.

For information about the Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, email moc.r1511251453iaFyt1511251453nuoCa1511251453daveN1511251453@noit1511251453adnuo1511251453F1511251453 or to RSVP for the November 8 speaker email moc.r1511251453iaFyt1511251453nuoCa1511251453daveN1511251453@Oydn1511251453eW1511251453

Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 28, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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31st Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 31st annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 21 – 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Glenn Lewis of Springfield, MO judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show, and Jason Harmeson of Lakeside, CA judged the horseshoeing competition.

Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.  

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was David and Patsy Cunningham of Meadowlake Belgians, from Carlton, OR.

Susan McCarty of Live Oak Belgians, Upper Lake, CA, and Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, were recognized as the outstanding lady drivers, accumulating high points to both win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Cheryl Pritchett, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of fellow teamsters. Pritchett is from Wilton, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Josh Albrecht of Durham, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

In the Halter Show, the Overall Supreme Champion horse was shown and owned by Lawrence McGibbon of Carlaw Clydes, based out of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Carlaw Clydes also received the Supreme Champion Gelding and the Supreme Champion Matched Pair awards. Bulah, a Percheron owned by Crown Over Cross Percherons of Upper Lake, CA, and shown by Dana DiRicco, was awarded the Supreme Champion Mare.  

The winner in the 2017 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Kurt Fisk of Bend, OR; and the Live Best Shoeing winner was Michael Deleonardo of Salinas, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 1,000 items entered, People’s Choice winners include Owen Strolle in the Produce Character category; Heidi Cook for Artistic Corner; Denise Durham for Floriculture; Nancy Brown for Scarecrows; and Katie Savage for the Youth/Teen category.

At Art at the Classic, which featured more than 30 artists, the Best of Show winner in Painting was Yvonne Bonacci, and the Best of Show winner in Sculpture was Ingrid Smith.  The People’s Choice award went to Elizabeth Hendrix for “Teamwork.”

A complete list of 2017 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is here.

The 2018 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 23. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2018.  

Photo by J Ann Brodland

Winner of the Draft Horse Classic’s Ultimate Hitch Competition – Meadowlake Belgians, owned by David and Patsy Cunningham and based out of Carlton, Oregon – performs in the arena at the 2017 Draft Horse Classic.

 

 

Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair: This Thursday – Sunday

Contact: Wendy Oaks, Information Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1511251453iaFyt1511251453nuoCa1511251453daveN1511251453@Oydn1511251453eW1511251453

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley
September 21 – 24, 2017

Majestic draft horse performances, breathtaking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up close” are all part of the festivities at the 31st Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six different performances by the Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules.  The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

In between the performance classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts the CalCrush Clydesdales, California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists and Roman riding, the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, and the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair. Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair on the Fairgrounds. Visit the grounds to enjoy musical entertainment, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, the Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, and Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses.  

During the Harvest Fair, you can also enjoy the Western Music Fest with ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday evening from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.  You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert.

Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six.  Performances are Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, September 23, at 10 am and 6:30 pm; and Sunday, September 24, at 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or ordered online. There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets online. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 24 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Western Music Fest and Free Music at the Draft Horse Classic

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 13, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer
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Western Music Fest and Free Musical Entertainment at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Happening all four days at the Fairgrounds during the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24, is the Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The Harvest Fair features everything from an art show to special exhibits, musical entertainment, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, delicious food, horseshoeing demonstrations, and tours of the barns to meet the draft horses. Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free so all can enjoy the many activities at the Fairgrounds.

During the Harvest Fair, you can also enjoy the Western Music Fest with ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday evening from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.  You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert. For a Western Music Fest schedule, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

 Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six.  

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 24 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For draft horse tickets or more information regarding the free Harvest Fair, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.

James Garner Tribute Band

James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash, as well as Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean, are part of the Harvest Fair festivities at the Draft Horse Classic next week. The musical entertainment is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.

James Garner's Tribute to Johnny Cash

 

Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean

Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean

Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean