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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Community Involvement Day Results

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!

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Community Involvement Day: August 3

Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets to the Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource are teaming up on August 3 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 3, 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, Story Club, Sierra Harvest, NEO, 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.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, including chapter books for teens.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new backpacks, new lunch boxes, and new school supplies. Visit www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org for information.

Sierra Harvest: Donate new or gently used garden tools, including shovels, rakes, stackable boxes, and small tarps. Visit www.SierraHarvest.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.

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 or call 1-866-822-5663.

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 3 between the hours of  1- 6 pm.

Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for the donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 11. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

This year’s Fair is August 12 – 16. Visit  NevadaCountyFair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

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Collected at Community Involvement Day

On Monday at the Fairgrounds, the Nevada County Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Story Club of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, and Nevada County 211 (in partnership with PARTNERS Family Resource Center), 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, 93 blood donors were registered and 83 pints of life saving blood were collected, more than 350 books were collected, 1,600 pounds of food (enough to feed 40 families of 4 for one week) were donated, enough school supplies were received to provide for 40 families, and 225 prescription eye glasses and three hearing aids were donated. Thank you to the non-profit organizations that participated, all the volunteers who gave of their time, all those who donated, and to Grocery Outlet for sponsoring Community Involvement Day.

Nicely done, Nevada County, nicely done!

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Successful Cioppino Feed

A huge thank you to the Foothill Lions Club (and Chef Arnie Romanello) for cooking an amazing Cioppino meal, the awesome 4H kids for serving, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation for hosting, and to all those who attended Saturday night’s sold out Cioppino Feed. Your service and dedication made for an amazing community event, and generated funds for the beautification and upkeep of the aging-infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Thank you!

Foothill Lions Club (2014)

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.