Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 21, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer
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Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available
Book includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!

Why not showcase a child’s artwork project from school, a cooking skill, or a special collection? Try baking cookies, entering a photo, creating a produce character, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, entering the Pet Look-A-Like photo contest, or making a bookmark. This year, we have some fun new categories like button art, plastic utensil art, decorated cake pops, beach art, and a decorated reusable grocery bag.

There are also special contests like the Seafaring Squash Mobile Races, Daily Special Food Contests, 4-H Still Exhibits, and an exhibit video contest. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults, the Competition Handbook has something for everyone.

Copies of the free handbook are available at the Fairgrounds’ Office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, Raley’s, SPD, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses, as well as online here.  

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite categories, and follow the simple steps for completing the entry forms. You can even enter online here.   Most categories are free to enter, and you can enter online or at the Fair office. The deadline for submitting entry forms and online entries is July 21 at 4 pm.

The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13, and the Fair them is “Sea You at the Fair!” For more information, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

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2017 Job Fair: June 8

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Hosts Job Fair For 2017 Fair Season Jobs

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will host a job fair to fulfill its hiring needs for this year’s Fair season. The Nevada County Fair Job Fair will be held on Thursday, June 8, from 3 – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall, located at Gate 2, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

If you are interested in working for the Fairgrounds during the 2017 Fair season, plan to attend this event. Fair staff will be accepting applications from 3 – 6 pm for all departments, as well as conducting interviews on site. Some of the jobs available include gate cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, clean-up crew, and parking crew. 

A list of jobs, job descriptions, and an application are posted on the Fairgrounds’ website here.  You can either download the application, complete it and bring it to the Job Fair; or complete it at the Job Fair.

The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit NevadaCountyFair.com.                        

Seeking Community Showcase Acts For The Nevada County Fair

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 1, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Seeking Community Showcase Acts For The Nevada County Fair
Applications available for those interested in performing or demonstrating at this year’s Fair

The Nevada County Fair is now accepting applications for local entertainers and community acts to perform at the 2017 Nevada County Fair, August 9 – 13.  Do you have a dance group you’d like to see perform at the Fair? Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration or a cheerleading demonstration or show off your baton twirling skills? If so, the Fairgrounds wants your application. This is a great way to share your talents with the community!  

To be considered, the application must be returned to the Fairgrounds by June 2. There is no paid compensation for community showcases and demonstrations.

opens new page Community Showcase Application (view online, fill out & submit)
 Community Showcase Application (print, fill out & mail in)

The application is for those interested in performing on the Dance Pad (available afternoon and evening hours); The Green (available during afternoon hours); or the Tumbleweed Stage (available evening hours only).  

This year’s Fair is August 9 – 13.

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Summer Hours at the Fairgrounds

Public Service Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2017

Contact:     Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Begins Summer Hours, Effective Immediately
Inner-grounds open during the week and on weekends

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours, which means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be open during the week and on the weekends from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The summer hours only apply to the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Fairgrounds’ Administration Office or the RV Park. Happy walking and cycling!

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Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California, Featured Speaker at Speaker Series

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • April 21, 2017

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
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Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series For Youth Wraps Up Its Second Season
Featuring Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and California’s Director of Tourism

Caroline Beteta – President and CEO of Visit California, and the State of California’s Director of Tourism – spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the final guest speaker in the second season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. The series provides students an opportunity to hear about a speaker’s career path, how goals were achieved, insight regarding areas of expertise, and an opportunity for questions.

Beteta shared with students a typical “day in the life” – working with businesses, government, media and consumers – as the CEO of Visit California. She also shared words of advice, including to get involved (volunteer and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience), be persistent (it only takes one yes), never take no for an answer (you can always find another way), be authentic and true to yourself, find your strongest talents by trying a myriad of things, find a mentor, and dream big. She also reminded the students, regardless where they are in their school or career path, to “be the CEO of your own desk every day.”

In her dual capacity as CEO of Visit California and California’s Director of Tourism, Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $115 million global marketing program and serves as the lead spokesperson for California’s $126 billion travel industry.  Caroline has shepherded the growth of Visit California into a global marketing franchise, delivering millions of visitors and billions of dollars of economic growth to the state every year. She has received numerous awards for her creative work and leadership in the travel industry, including 2009 State Tourism Director of the Year, the Robert Mondavi Wine and Food Award in 2013, and the U.S Travel Hall of Leaders Award in 2016.

Caroline holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in Public Administration/Intergovernmental Affairs from the University of Southern California.  She has also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Marketing Management Program.

Beteta and her husband, Art Whitney, are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds and have children who were livestock exhibitors. Their generosity to the Nevada County Fairgrounds is evidenced by the naming of the livestock barn – Whitney Pavilion.

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, featured six speakers. The series, will start up again in October and high school students are invited to attend. 

Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and the State of California’s Director of Tourism, spent Wednesday evening sharing her experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Caroline served as the final guest speaker in the second series of the Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

Fairgrounds Names New Deputy Manager: Welcome, Patrick Eidman

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 20, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Names New Deputy Manager
New Deputy Manager is a Grass Valley native, with Fair and livestock experience

The Nevada County Fairgrounds announced this week that Patrick Eidman has been named the new Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Eidman has worked in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors; and brings more than 15 years of management, grant writing, fundraising, and financial reporting experience to the job.  He recently worked for the State of California Sierra Nevada Conservancy, where he served as the Special Projects and Field Operations Grant Program Coordinator and managed the Conservancy’s evaluation and distribution of local assistance grants, including $10 million in funding during his tenure.  Prior to that, he worked for the State of Colorado as the Director of Historic Preservation Technical Outreach, where he assisted with planning the largest statewide historic preservation conference in the United States.

Eidman also brings extensive livestock knowledge to the job. He is a native of Grass Valley and a graduate of Nevada Union High School, and he spent his youth exhibiting steers and sheep at the Nevada County Fair.  Additionally, he has served as Livestock Secretary at the Nevada County Fair for the past 7 years; he is a member of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, serving as Second Vice President and Chair of the Nevada County Ag Tour Committee; and he is a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies.

“We are thrilled that Patrick is joining the Fairgrounds’ team,” said Rea Callender, Nevada County Fairgrounds Chief Executive Officer. “He has great passion for the Nevada County Fairgrounds and a deep connection to Nevada County, and he brings with him a wealth of knowledge, particularly in the livestock area.”

Eidman begins as Deputy Manager at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this week. He replaces Robin Hauck, who is retiring this month after 38 years in the Fair industry, including serving as the Deputy Manager since 2009.

Patrick Eidman joins the Nevada County Fairgrounds team as the new Deputy Manager. He brings more than 15 years of management, grant writing, fundraising and financial experience to the job. He has extensive livestock knowledge, and has served as the Livestock Secretary at the Nevada County Fair for the past 7 years. He is a native of Grass Valley and a graduate of Nevada Union High School.

Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2017 Fair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 13, 2017

Contact: Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
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Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2017 Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 7th.  The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals including Turkeys is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 9th.  

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fairground’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 20th.  The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 7th.  Goat, lamb, hog and turkey exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 22nd.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep, swine and turkey registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 9th.  

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above by completing an entry form and paying the entry fees.  Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors, the Fair Administration Office and on the Fairgrounds website: www.NevadaCountyFair.com

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2017 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2017 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

    Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 14th.  A family may choose to register a second animal of the same species to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

    The 2017 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 9th through 13th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

    “Sea You at the Fair”

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Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 23, 2017

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
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        Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.  The series, now in its second season, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Oberbauer shared stories from her “long and winding road” that led to her career path. Words of advice included to stretch yourself and be daring (but be safe and wear protective armor); always seek balance and goals (don’t be afraid to ask for things, but also be willing to give); and never be afraid to recalculate (a career path isn’t always straight, so recalculate as necessary).  She also shared a quote from Louis Pasteur – “Chance favors the prepared mind; and opportunity favors the bold” – and encouraged students to be bold in their choices.

Oberbauer joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989, and was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2009.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at Cornell University. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships in Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles. She was honored in 2002 with a prestigious UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the American Society of Animal Science Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology (2004), the Distinguished Teacher Award for the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (2006), and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women & Research (2011).  

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California; and Julie Baker, Executive Director of Center for the Arts.  

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit here.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer (February 2016)

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening sharing her experience and words of advice with students from Nevada Union and Bear River. Anita served as a guest speaker at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series, which brings business education to local high school students.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino And Pasta Feed

Public Service Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 16, 2017

Contact: Jim Hawkeswood, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
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Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino And Pasta Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its seventh annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 4 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino and pasta, salad and garlic bread.  A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $40 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $400 and includes two bottles of wine.   Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form here.  

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture. For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit here.

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 23, 2017

Contact:     Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno on Wednesday at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and Fair-related professionals from throughout the Western United States attend to celebrate the industry and its accomplishments in 2016.

The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is the highest honor a Fairgrounds can receive, and is given to a program that demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

“To receive this award is truly an honor for the Fairgrounds, the community, and the organizations who shared the passion and goal of Community Involvement Day,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We’re proud of this community program, and we’re so pleased that the industry recognized its impact and importance.  Special recognition goes to Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager at the Fairgrounds, for her vision of this program.”

After years of incorporating community giving into the Fair lineup, the Nevada County Fairgrounds decided to further showcase community nonprofit organizations by providing a separate Community Involvement Day. By creating a special donation opportunity, a week prior to the Fair, the Fairgrounds connected the community directly with local nonprofits. The first Community Involvement Day was held in 2014 as a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair.  The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the charities who have participated in Community Involvement Day.

Through this program, 295 new blood donors have been registered, 254 pints of life saving blood have been collected, more than 1,700 books have been donated, 6,000 pounds of food have been donated to feed those in need, school supplies have been gathered for more than 100 families, and 1,198 glasses and 20 hearing aids have been donated to Foothill Lions.

In addition to receiving the Merrill Award, the Nevada County Fairgrounds received 15 WFA Achievement Awards, which recognize the best practices of Fairs in a variety of categories. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received recognition for its work in Ag-Sperience, digital advertising, social media, the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series, Califia Café, and Treat Street shade.  

The 2017 Nevada County Fair, “Sea you at the Fair,” is August 9 – 13; and the 2017 Community Involvement Day will be held on July 31 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  

Merrill Award winners

Members of the Nevada County Fairgrounds team receive the Merrill Award, the industry’s highest honor for Fairgrounds. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received the award for its Community Involvement Day, a day held prior to the Fair each year to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair. The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, Sierra Harvest, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the organizations that have participated in Community Involvement Day.