Look what we received in the office this week? The Western Fair Association’s Merrill Award, which is the Fair industry’s highest honor! We won the award in January for the Fair’s Community Involvement Day, but now we have the actual award in our office. Thank you to the Fairgrounds team, and our amazing and giving community for making this award possible. So, so proud!
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.
Congratulations to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on their nomination for Community Involvement Day for the Western Fair’s Association’s Merrill Award. We’re so very proud of this program and our community for supporting local nonprofits and donating on this day – and happy to see it receiving some much-deserved recognition in the Fair industry. Check out the feature story on our Facebook page.
Community Involvement Day, August 1, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Participate and donate items to local nonprofit organizations, and you receive free tickets to the Fair. It’s a win-win. For a list of participating organizations and items to donate, visit here.
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Community Involvement Day, August 1, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Participate and donate items to local non-profit organizations, and you can receive free tickets to the Fair. It’s a win-win! For a list of participating organizations, visit here.
Looking for a way to get free tickets to the Fair? Mark your calendar for Community Involvement Day, August 1, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Participate and donate items to participating local non-profit organizations, and you can receive free tickets (buy one, get one free) to the Fair. For a list of items to donate, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2016
Contact: Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
(530) 273-6217; Robin@NevadaCountyFair.com
Nevada County Fairgrounds And Community Organizations Team Up For Community Involvement Day On August 1
Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets to the Fair
The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO, Story Club, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) and BloodSource are teaming up on August 1 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, August 1, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.
Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, NEO, Story Club, DVSAC, and Nevada County 2-1-1 will receive a coupon to redeem for one free admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. That’s two for the price of one!
Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource blood mobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.
Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food. For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit www.foodbankofnc.org.
Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.
Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new backpacks, new lunch boxes, and new school supplies. Visit www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org for information.
NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, sharpies, general craft supplies, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment. Visit www.ncneo.org for information.
Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, including chapter books for teens.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC): Gift cards for groceries, clothing, gas; bus passes, toddler diapers and pull ups; adult and children’s socks; cleaning supplies and laundry detergent; and hair or nail salon gift certificates. Visit www.dvsac.org for information.
BloodSource: For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot (Gate 1) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org.
Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on August 1 between 1- 6 pm.
Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 9. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.
This year’s Fair is August 10 – 14. Visit NevadaCountyFair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.
One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Story Club, NEO, Nevada County 2-1-1 (in partnership with PARTNERS Family Resource Center), and Sierra Harvest, to offer Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to these non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair.
As a result of this day, 107 blood donors were registered and 88 pints of life saving blood were collected, more than 700 books were collected (and 100 were given away), garden tools and supplies were collected, 1,800 pounds of food (enough to feed 45 families of 4 for one week) were donated, hundreds of dollars in school supplies were received, more than $600 worth of crafts were donated to NEO, and 343 prescription eye glasses and seven hearing aids were donated.
Way to go, Nevada County!