Thank You, Foothill Lions Club

We have many people to thank for making Saturday night’s Fairgrounds Foundation Cioppino Feed a success, but we have to give a huge shout out to Chef Arnie Romanello (he’s the one in the right hand corner) and the entire Foothill Lions Club for preparing all the food for the sold out crowd. As always, the food was delicious, and we truly couldn’t have done it without this fine group of hard working volunteers!

 

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

Don’t Forget Your Tickets to the Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Fairgrounds Foundation’s All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 3, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $40/person and includes all-you-can-eat Cioppino, pasta, salad and garlic bread. There’s also a silent dessert auction, a live auction and a no-host bar. For tickets, visit here or stop by the Fairgrounds Office.

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

Tickets on Sale Now for All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Tickets are on sale now for the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 3, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds Office or by downloading this form.  This has been a sold out event each year, so get your tickets early.  Did we mention it’s all you can eat?! 

 

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

Get Your Cioppino and Pasta Feed Tickets Before They Sell Out!

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s popular all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed is happening March 3 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Tickets are on sale at the Fairgrounds office or by visiting NevadaCountyFair.com. This has been a sold-out event for seven years in a row, and features the Foothill Lions preparing chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Yum!

 

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Free Glaucoma and Vision Screening Services Part of Community Involvement Day (July 31)

The Foothill Lions Club, in conjunction with the Northern California Lions Sight Association, will provide free glaucoma and vision screening services for adults and children at the Nevada County Fair’s Community Involvement Day on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm at Gate 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For the event, the Lions will utilize the Northern California Lions Sight Associations Vision Screening Unit, a fully-equipped motorhome that is designed to offer no-cost glaucoma and visual screening services to those who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The services are available for adults and children, and special tests will be provided to children ages 6 months to 6 years old using our PlusOptix equipment. The Lions Club will be staffing the unit, and local optometrists – Dr. Kirschbaum, OD; Dr. Jerry Chan, OD; and Dr. Tiffany Chan, OD – will volunteer their services for the day. The screening event is free, as the Foothill Lions Club covers all costs.

“Eye exams are so important, “said Tom Sigler, Foothill Lions Club president. “It’s especially important to have a child’s eyes checked at an early age.  Often, children go undiagnosed for years, which can cause a child to fall behind in school. With early detection, this can be avoided.”

The Lions Vision Van is provided as part of Community Involvement Day, a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations – the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence (formerly Domestic Violence Coalition), Cinderella Project, and The Karing Closet – in exchange for coupons for buy one, get one admission tickets to the Fair.  Or, donate blood through BloodSource on that day and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair.  The organizations will be at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 31, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donated items to receive coupons.

 

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Get Your Tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed

Tickets are on sale now for the Fairgrounds Foundation’s all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 4, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office, or here. This has been a sold-out event each year, and features chef Arnie Romanello’s secret 100-year-old-recipe, so get your tickets early. Did we mention it’s all you can eat?!

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

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

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Community Involvement Day: August 1

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.

Community Involvement Day (2016)

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Community Involvement Day

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 19, 2016

Contact: Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1529872273iaFyt1529872273nuoCa1529872273daveN1529872273@nibo1529872273R1529872273

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.

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Foothill Lions, Peterson Family Receive 2015 Blue Ribbon Award

The Foothill Lions Club, as well as Bob and Debbe Peterson, have been named the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award recipients by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the fair industry, to recognize those who support their local Fair and continuously contribute to the quality of the Fair. The Foothill Lions Club is recognized for its ongoing support of the Fairgrounds, and for their partnership with the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation in producing the annual Cioppino Feed. The Petersons, owners of Lazy Dog Confections, are recognized for their devotion to the Fair and for fostering positive community relations.

Since its inception as a club, the Foothill Lions Club has been an avid supporter of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. They have always focused on fundraisers for the Fairgrounds, as evidenced by the spaghetti feed fundraiser to the annual Cioppino Feed to benefit the Fairgrounds Foundation. The Cioppino Feed, which was inspired by the Foothill Lions Club founder, Arnie Romanello, has grown into a partnership project between the Club and the Fairgrounds Foundation. The majority of the Club members devote their energy in the kitchen, creating delicious Cioppino. It’s through their volunteerism that tens of thousands of dollars have been raised by the Foundation to support the Nevada County Fair. The Foothill Lions Club also runs the arena beer booth during the Fair and Draft Horse Classic.

“The Foothill Lions Club feels honored and privileged to receive the Blue Ribbon Award from the Nevada County Fairgrounds,” said Jack Kuhwarth, President of the Foothill Lions Club. “Our club feels that the Nevada County Fairgrounds is an integral part of the community that brings all factions of our society together in its various events. We thank them for this honor.”

Bob and Debbe Peterson, creators and owners of Lazy Dog Ice Cream, have been quality purveyors on the Nevada County Fairgrounds and within our community for many years, providing exceptionally delicious ice cream throughout the summer during large outdoor events at the Fairgrounds. Patrons regularly gravitate to the lovely pink Lazy Dog stands, seeking delicious ice cream treats. The Petersons also serve their ice cream during the annual Fair and the Draft Horse Classic; and, during the Country Christmas Faire, they create a festive holiday gift booth filled with delicious candies and chocolates.

The Petersons, who were “absolutely stunned” to receive the Blue Ribbon award, have been making ice cream bars and candy since 1982, and at the Fair for 28 years.

“Over the years it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Petersons,” said former Fair CEO Sandy Woods. “Their energy has been boundless, and I am thrilled that they are being honored for their marvelous spirit, their love for the Fairgrounds, and for their impressive business venture, Lazy Dog Ice Cream.”

Members of the Foothill Lions Club and Bob and Debbe Peterson were recently recognized in private presentations.

Debbe and Bob Peterson accept their award at a surprise presentation.

Debbe and Bob Peterson (Blue Ribbon)

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