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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Donate Your 4H and FFA Clothes (The White Barn Project)

Do you have any 4H or FFA clothing donations or do you know someone who needs an outfit for Fair? Check out the article about The White Barn Project, a free clothing exchange to benefit all 4H and FFA families outfitting their kids for the Fair.   See below for donation days (days to drop off clothing) and distribution days (days to receive a uniform or clothing item). 

Donation Days (donate items):
Saturday, June 23, 9 – 11:30 in the Kmart Parking Lot (near entrance to the lot)
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm at the Interfaith Food Ministry in Grass Valley

Distribution Days (receive a uniform or clothing items):
Friday, July 20, 4 – 8 pm
Saturday, July 21, 8 am – 2 pm

For information, visit The White Barn Project Facebook page here


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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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Fair Partners with County Libraries for Summer Reading Program

The Nevada County Fair is partnering with the Nevada County libraries for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children read books and then create a project that will be on display at the Fair. Additionally, children who complete the program will receive coupons for two free carnival rides at this year’s Fair. Information can be found here. Happy reading!


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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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Flower Arranging Workshop for Juniors

Have kids who are interested in participating in a Flower Arranging Workshop for Juniors (ages 6 – 17)? Chicago Park Garden Club is hosting a class for kids to prepare them to enter an exhibit in the Junior Floriculture Competition during the Fair. The class is free, and kids create the cutest arrangements. The class is limited to the first 25 students, and is held on June 20. To register, call Ann at 265-8210.

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Let Fair Season Begin!

Let Fair season begin! Online entries opened today (lots of people entering exhibits) and Fair tickets went on sale (already sold some derby tickets and some tractor pull tickets). Sixty eight days and counting!

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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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Grounds Reopen to Walkers and Pedestrians Beginning Tuesday

What a busy weekend it’s been at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  As we open the grounds again tomorrow to walkers and pedestrians, we just want to say thank you to the hard working team at The Strawberry Music Festival and all the “Strawberrians” for hosting such an amazing and entertaining event at the Fairgrounds. Also a huge thank you for taking care of the grounds in your typical “strawberry way.” Safe travels and we can’t wait to welcome you back in 2019.  Photo by Dave Bonnot.

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