Fair Fun! Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win an Admission Ticket

This year’s Nevada County Fair opens in 45 days! What will be the first thing you do when you visit the Fair? Or, is this your first year attending? Leave a comment on our Facebook page we’ll randomly choose a few winners to receive a free admission ticket to the Nevada County Fair.

 

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Enter an Exhibit: Hundreds of Categories for Children and Adults

Are you thinking about entering exhibits in this year’s Fair, but aren’t sure what to enter? How about showcasing a child’s artwork from school, creating a fairy garden, baking cupcakes or cookies, entering a photo, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, or showcasing fresh flowers or vegetables from your garden?  We also have some fun new categories this year – a cell phone photo contest, Minecraft, Zentangle art, homebrew, and kite decorating. There are hundreds of categories available for children and adults. Information is available in our Competition Handbook and here. So much fun to see what our talented community creates!

 

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Flower Arranging Workshop Success

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2018 Flower Arranging Workshop. This fun class is offered each year at the Fairgrounds by the Chicago Park Garden Club. Watch for these kids as they enter their floriculture exhibits at the Fair. Great job, kiddos. It was fun having you here today!

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Enter an Exhibit in the Nevada County Fair

Start the Fair season now by entering an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair! Did you know that more than 7,000 exhibits were created by our talented community and featured at last 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!

How about showcasing a child’s artwork from school, baking cupcakes or cookies, entering a photo, creating a produce character, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, entering the Pet Look-A-Like photo contest, entering one of the daily special food contests, or showcasing fresh fruits or vegetables from your garden? This year, we have some fun new categories like a cell phone photo contest, Minecraft, Zentangle art, homebrew, kite decorating, and the California State Parks youth photo contest. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults, the Competition Handbook has something for everyone.

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite categories, and follow the 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 forms for still exhibits is July 23. Entries are limited to Nevada County residents only.

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 here.   

The 2018 Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12, and the Fair theme is “Bushels of Fun!” 

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June 9 – 18: Grounds Closed to Pedestrians in Preparation for Bluegrass Festival

In preparation for the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 14 – 17, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Saturday, June 9.  The Fairgrounds will reopen its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Monday, June 18.  This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours.  If you are interested in attending the Bluegrass Festival, visit here

 

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Wanted: Community Showcase Acts for 2018 Nevada County Fair

Does your group have a skill they’d like to demonstrate to Fair-goers? Want to do a martial arts demonstration, a cheerleading demonstration, or show off your dancing skills? We’re currently accepting applications for community acts and demonstrations to perform at the 2018 Nevada County Fair. Applications are available here

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, where you’ll experience beautiful draft horses pulling meticulously restored freight wagons, loyally working farm equipment, skillfully completing intricate maneuvers, and competing with elegance and determination.  Plus, this is the opportunity to meet the stars of show and see a draft horse up close. 

Happening September 21 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the Draft Horse Classic is the premier draft horse show on the west coast and offers six different performances featuring draft horses and exhibitors from across the United States and Canada. In between competition classes, guests will enjoy performances by expert horseman and trick rope artist Tomas Garcilazo, Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, Cal Crush Clydesdales, CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, the California Cowgirls Drill Team and more. Additionally, with more than 150 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe and meet these gentle giants.

New this year, the Draft Horse Classic is moving to three days, with two performances each day.  There’s also a new class schedule, more hitches, and exciting entertainment in the arena.

Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Thursday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the three days of the Classic. 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, delicious food, Art at the Classic. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses. We even offer guided barn tours.

As part of the festivities, there will be two free concerts on the Pine Tree Stage. On Friday, September 21 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes the stage. On Saturday, September 22 from 4 – 6 pm, Brenn Hill, an award-winning singer songwriter, will perform cowboy and country music. Both concerts are free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21- 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.  

Photo by Lenkaland Photography

 

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We’re Hiring for the Nevada County Fair Season

Have you ever thought about how fun it would be to work at the Nevada County Fair? We’re hiring for the 2018 Fair season and looking for cashiers, ticket monitors, “red shirt” patrols, exhibit crew, clean-up crew, and parking crew. If you’re interested, plan to attend the Nevada County Fair Job Fair on Tuesday, June 5, from 3 – 6 pm at the Fairgrounds. We’ll be accepting applications and conducting interviews at the event. Job descriptions and an application are available here.

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Grounds Closed to Pedestrians May 21 – 28 (Strawberry Music Festival)

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 24 – 27, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Monday, May 21. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, May 29. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours. If you are interested in attending the Strawberry Music Festival, please visit www.strawberrymusic.com.

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