The Fowler Family Recognized as the 2017 Fair Family of the Year

 

Brad and Alana Fowler have been named the 2017 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Fowler Family for their ongoing commitment, participation and volunteer efforts in the livestock program at the Nevada County Fair.

Brad and Alana, who were both born and raised in Nevada County, have been attending the Fair since they were children. Alana started showing animals in 4-H at nine years old and continued through high school in FFA; and Brad showed throughout high school in FFA.  Since that time, they’ve continued to help in the show arenas, volunteer on Treat Street, work in educational booths, assist at the Junior Livestock Auction, set up various displays, and clean barns after the Fair.  Today, they spend countless hours in the livestock barns, helping their own children, as well as other youth exhibitors, prepare their animals for the Fair.  

The Fowlers, who will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary this year, have five daughters – Macey, 14; Molly, 12; Morgan, 10; Wendy, 7; and Wyatt, 7. All their children have been involved with livestock since birth, and have been showing and exhibiting at the Fair since they were young. The older girls started with pygmy goats and rabbits and moved to beef and dairy. Their oldest three daughters raise steers for the Junior Livestock Auction, and their youngest daughters entered Mutton Bustin’ last year. The girls have each started their own herds of various species, so in addition to bringing steers to the Fair this year, the oldest three girls will also bring some of their own breeding animals, both beef and dairy cattle, to show. The youngest girls help their sisters and have their own animals that will be the foundation for the future livestock they exhibit at the Fair. Additionally, Macey works with several horses during the week, trading for lessons; Molly plays volleyball; and Morgan competes in track.

Not surprisingly, when asked about their favorite memories at the Fair, both share fond memories of their time with the livestock community. “My favorite part of the Fair is watching the Junior Livestock Exhibitors show their animals,” says Brad. “Fair is also important to me because I get to see people in the community.”  Alana echoes his comments. “Fair is like a family vacation with friends and family,” she says. “I love to see the livestock exhibitors sharing their knowledge of these animals with families that visit.”

When not busy at the Fair, Alana reports that “life outside of Fair is much like Fair.”   They are self-employed, and for the past 10 years they have sold pasture-raised hogs, turkeys and chickens, as well as grass fed beef, lamb and goat directly to consumers in Nevada County.  They also use goats and sheep for fire prevention grazing throughout Nevada, Placer and Yuba counties. Outside of work, the Fowlers are involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, the Nevada County Food and Farm Conference, Nevada County 4-H, Nevada County Food Policy Council, and Nevada County Livestock Producers.

“The Fowler’s involvement in the livestock community, and their countless hours of volunteering at the Nevada County Fair, embody the community spirit that makes up the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “We are thrilled to be able to recognize them as the 2017 Fair Family of the Year.”

The Fowler Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony. They will receive a Fair package, as well as a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. 

Photo by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Treat Street Fun Facts: Grass Valley Fire Department

Treat Street fun facts! Did you know that during the Fair the Grass Valley Fire Department’s Firefighters Association booth serves hot dogs, polish dogs, Cajun dogs, chili dogs and chili bowls? Last year’s addition of a Frito chili bowl was a big hit! Proceeds from Fair sales support the association’s efforts in restoring a 1920’s-era Seagrave fire engine, and allows them to provide a “broken wheel” (a long-standing tradition) to families of firefighters who have passed away. Thank you, Grass Valley Fire, for all your hard work!

 

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Enter an Exhibit! Paperwork is Due by Friday (or Sunday, if You Enter Online)

Don’t forget! Friday is the deadline to turn in your paperwork to enter an exhibit in the Fair. Or, if you enter online, you have until Sunday evening! From flowers to photographs to vegetables to baked goods – there’s a category for you. It’s easy to fill out the paperwork and you could win a ribbon (not to mention bragging rights) for your efforts. Visit here for details!






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

Entering an Exhibit in the Fair? Don’t Miss the Paperwork Deadline This Week!

Entering an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair? Don’t forget to return entry forms to the Fairgrounds’ office by July 21 or enter online by July 23. We can’t wait to see what our talented community creates this year! 🙂 

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Enter a Special Food Contest at the Fair

How about entering one of our Ultimate Food Contests in this year’s Fair? Cupcakes, a favorite dish, salsa, chocolate or bacon are all part of this year’s daily contests. Entry forms are due by July 21. All Ultimate Food Contest entries receive free admission to the Fair (and two admission tickets to the Draft Horse Classic). Visit NevadaCountyFair.com for details.

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Treat Street Fun Facts: Calvary Bible Church

Treat Street fun facts! Thanks to volunteers from Calvary Bible Church, the Fair chapel serves delicious coffee drinks and pastries during the Fair. The iced mochas are a particular hit during the Fair. Did you know that proceeds from their Fair sales support several local ministries – Interfaith Food (feeding hungry families in Nevada County), Christian Encounter (residential care and school for young people aged 16-25), and Booth Family Center (housing for families getting back on their feet).  Thank you, Calvary Bible Church, for all your hard work on Treat Street! Photo by Kyle Shisler.

 

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Enter an Exhibit: Deadline for Entry Forms is July 21

Enter an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair! If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it – we have a category for you! The deadline to turn in paperwork is July 21. Plus, all those who enter an exhibit receive two free tickets to the Thursday performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details are here 

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Treat Street Fun Facts: Nevada County 4-H

Treat Street fun facts! Did you know that the Nevada County 4-H Food Booth serves delicious strawberry shortcake at the Fair?  They also have a breakfast menu for Fair-goers! Proceeds from their Fair sales support the youth development goals and programs of the Nevada County 4-H Leaders Council (4-H is an educational program of the University of California Cooperative Extension). The program combines the efforts of youth, volunteer leaders, and University staff and faculty to create a fun, hands-on learning approach that helps young people acquire knowledge and develop life skills while also giving back to the community. Thank you, Nevada County 4-H, for serving our youth!

Categories: Nevada County Fair.