Congratulaions, Myra Davies

What fun it was to surprise Myra Davies at Nevada County Resource Conservation District’s dinner last night with the news that she has been selected by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board as the 2018 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame inductee.  The honor is given to those who have provided long-term service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair, and Myra has provided decades of support to youth in agriculture as a leader and mentor. We’ll be sharing more about Myra and the many reasons she was chosen; but right now we just want to say congratulations, Myra!

 

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Hall of Fame Inductees: Karen Henderson and Jim Drew, Robin Hauck

Karen Henderson and Jim Drew, along with Robin Hauck, have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame.

Henderson and Drew have been attending the Nevada County Fair since childhood and were both Nevada Union FFA members who exhibited steers, market hogs, and lambs. They went on to become local agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for a combined total of 56 years. They have been buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction for almost 20 years, and help with the livestock sale each year; and Henderson served on the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors for five years.  Additionally, their six children and two of their grandchildren have exhibited livestock as well. 

“We have deep roots in the Fair and truly love what the Fair means to our community,” said Henderson. “The Fair and the Fairgrounds is a rich piece of history and cornerstone to our community’s agriculture heritage.  When you realize the first high school agriculture classes were held in the Main Exhibit Building, the thousands of young people who learned about agriculture and developed a strong work ethic by exhibiting, the community activities and gatherings, you will understand why Jim and I know the Fair is vital to Nevada County.”

Henderson currently works fulltime for Live Wire Products Inc, her parent’s business in Penn Valley. She also raises project and freezer lambs, gardens, and recently qualified to enter the Boston Marathon for 2018. She is also on the Nevada County Farm Bureau Board. Drew was recently elected President of the Nevada Joint Union School District Board, and also serves on the Nevada County Resource Conservation Board and the Nevada County Livestock Producers Board. He works a large garden and vineyard on their property, and is an avid fisherman.  Both are members of The Range, shooting weekly in the handgun league.

“Karen and Jim are an integral part of our Fair’s agriculture community,” said Rea Callender, Fairgrounds CEO. “They have dedicated countless hours to youth and Nevada County agriculture, and we are grateful for their service.”

Robin Hauck served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 2009 until she retired in March.  Prior to working at the Nevada County Fair, she was CEO of the Merced County Fair for four years, worked for the El Dorado County Fair for 17 years and the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace, and served as a fair industry consultant.

Hauck, who grew up in Loomis, showed at and visited Fairs throughout California during her childhood.  “My roots are in agriculture, and so is the Fair,” said Hauck. “The Fair provides a forum for the promotion and education of agriculture, the exchange of information, a celebration of our traditions and to recall our history.  The Fair does all of this with charm, excitement and the competitive spirit – and I’m proud to be part of the industry.”

While at the Fairgrounds, Hauck founded several community service projects, including the Fair’s partnership with local libraries for their summer reading program and Ag-Sperience at the Fair (where Fair-goers can learn about agriculture in Nevada County).  She also founded Community Involvement Day, which recently received the Western Fairs Association’s Merrill Award, the Fair industry’s highest honor.

“These community-based programs at the Fair are here because of Robin’s vision,” said Callender.  “We are fortunate to have had Robin at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the past 8 years, and I thank Robin for her years of service and dedication to the Fair industry, to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and to the community,” said Callender.   

Hauck is the current Treasurer of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Board.

Henderson, Drew and Hauck will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 9, and will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

Photos by Shaffers Originals

Karen Henderson & Jim Drew, Hall of Fame 2017 Robin Hauk

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Hall of Fame Inductees: Karen Henderson and Jim Drew, Robin Hauck

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Karen Henderson And Jim Drew, Robin Hauck To Be Inducted Into Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

Henderson and Drew have been attending the Nevada County Fair since childhood and were both Nevada Union FFA members who exhibited steers, market hogs, and lambs. They went on to become local agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for a combined total of 56 years. They have been buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction for almost 20 years, and help with the livestock sale each year; and Henderson served on the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors for five years.  Additionally, their six children and two of their grandchildren have exhibited livestock as well. 

“We have deep roots in the Fair and truly love what the Fair means to our community,” said Henderson. “The Fair and the Fairgrounds is a rich piece of history and cornerstone to our community’s agriculture heritage.  When you realize the first high school agriculture classes were held in the Main Exhibit Building, the thousands of young people who learned about agriculture and developed a strong work ethic by exhibiting, the community activities and gatherings, you will understand why Jim and I know the Fair is vital to Nevada County.”

Henderson currently works fulltime for Live Wire Products Inc, her parent’s business in Penn Valley. She also raises project and freezer lambs, gardens, and recently qualified to enter the Boston Marathon for 2018. She is also on the Nevada County Farm Bureau Board. Drew was recently elected President of the Nevada Joint Union School District Board, and also serves on the Nevada County Resource Conservation Board and the Nevada County Livestock Producers Board. He works a large garden and vineyard on their property, and is an avid fisherman.  Both are members of The Range, shooting weekly in the handgun league.

“Karen and Jim are an integral part of our Fair’s agriculture community,” said Rea Callender, Fairgrounds CEO. “They have dedicated countless hours to youth and Nevada County agriculture, and we are grateful for their service.”

Robin Hauck served as the Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 2009 until she retired in March.  Prior to working at the Nevada County Fair, she was CEO of the Merced County Fair for four years, worked for the El Dorado County Fair for 17 years and the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace, and served as a fair industry consultant.

Hauck, who grew up in Loomis, showed at and visited Fairs throughout California during her childhood.  “My roots are in agriculture, and so is the Fair,” said Hauck. “The Fair provides a forum for the promotion and education of agriculture, the exchange of information, a celebration of our traditions and to recall our history.  The Fair does all of this with charm, excitement and the competitive spirit – and I’m proud to be part of the industry.”

While at the Fairgrounds, Hauck founded several community service projects, including the Fair’s partnership with local libraries for their summer reading program and Ag-Sperience at the Fair (where Fair-goers can learn about agriculture in Nevada County).  She also founded Community Involvement Day, which recently received the Western Fairs Association’s Merrill Award, the Fair industry’s highest honor.

“These community-based programs at the Fair are here because of Robin’s vision,” said Callender.  “We are fortunate to have had Robin at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the past 8 years, and I thank Robin for her years of service and dedication to the Fair industry, to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and to the community,” said Callender.   

Hauck is the current Treasurer of the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Board.

Henderson, Drew and Hauck will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 9, and will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

Karen Henderson & Jim Drew, Hall of Fame 2017

Karen Henderson & Jim Drew, Hall of Fame 2017

Robin Hauk

Robin Hauk

Hall of Fame Inductees: George and Sandy Woods

George and Sandy Woods have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Woods for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

George and Sandy have been involved with the Fair since they moved to Nevada County in 1985.  As active exhibitors, they won the Best of Show for their Zinfandel from their vineyard; and Sandy won the Proud Tradition for needlepoint and Best of Show in preserved foods. Besides being exhibitors, during the Fair they shoveled manure and assisted with cleaning the barns for the Farm Bureau; they were buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction; and as Master Food Preservers, they organized the Master Food Preservers exhibit and performed demonstrations of canning, pickling, pressure cooking, and dehydration.

Sandy started working as Deputy Manager at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in 1995, and served as the CEO of the Fairgrounds from 2009 to 2015.  She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Fairs Association for 10 years and as the WFA President in 2012, and was inducted into WFA’s Hall of Fame in 2015.  During this time, she also served as the Chair of the California Fairs Alliance, where she provided leadership in creating successful legislation to significantly reduce the regulatory oversight of fairs and sought reinstatement of fair funding for California’s 78 Fairs.

During Sandy’s employment at the Fair, George worked quietly behind the scenes as the head volunteer at the Fairgrounds. He filled in wherever he was needed – and he always did it with a smile! He spent years on the exhibit crew, spending summers creating the exhibit props and getting the buildings ready for the Fair, and then weeks after the Fair undoing the exhibits and storing them for the following year.  He also managed the work of the trustee labor from the jail, including transporting them to and from the jail.  Additionally, on the Day for People with Disabilities, George would transport individuals from the local rest homes to the Fair so they could participate in the parade. George was often in disguise, dressing up in costumes for parades and skits.   One year, after dressing up in an antique rooster costume and prancing around the stage during Opening Day Ceremony, George almost passed out as a result of the heat and lack of oxygen from wearing the rooster head!

“The Fair is a great community asset – it’s where our community comes to celebrate who we are,” said Sandy. “It’s where our children learn to ride their bicycles.  It’s where our community seeks safety when there’s a disaster.  It’s where we come together to hold fundraisers so that we can infuse money back into our economy and assist those who may be less fortunate.  There’s a spirit on the Fairgrounds, which makes it a very special place.”

While Sandy and George have many fond memories of the Fair – George says that his favorite is the year they purchased a pig at the Junior Livestock Auction and it escaped from the auction ring, ran through the crowd, and stopped right in front of them. He says with a laugh “our visiting relatives from the city were amazed and thought that was a normal procedure and that we were going to grab the pig and take it home with us.”  Sandy says one of her fondest Fair memories occurred late one evening as she was standing at Gate 5 watching patrons leave. Two couples were strolling together and as they approached the gate, one of the women looked over her shoulder and said, “Farewell Fair – I’ll see you next year.”  To Sandy, this demonstrates her belief “that the success of the Nevada County Fair is the love the community feels for the Fair.”

Sandy and George, who will be married 40 years in October, have three children – Peggy, Jenine and Dan; as well as eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Now that Sandy and George have retired, they are enjoying time developing a vegetable garden, entering canning and pickling in the Fair, traveling, hiking, fishing, and putting their extensive wilderness and primitive skill training in use.  They are members of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Foothill Lions Club, and have been buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction since 1985.

“We are both deeply honored to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Sandy. “When we were told, George was stunned and I was delighted with his inclusion.  Not only has he devoted many hours to volunteering at the Fair, but he has graciously and patiently accepted the many hours and days that the Fair drew my attention away from my family.”

“Sandy and George’s service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair are commendable,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “They have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Nevada County Fair, and their work has ensured that the Fairgrounds can be enjoyed by future generations. It is an honor to be able to celebrate them.”

The Woods will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 10.

Photo by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley

George and Sandy Woods, 2016

The 2016 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame inductees are George and Sandy Woods, who are recognized for their long-time service, dedication and contributions to the Nevada County Fair. Photo credit: Shaffers Originals

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George And Sandy Woods To Be Inducted Into Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

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George And Sandy Woods To Be Inducted Into Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

George and Sandy Woods have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Woods for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

George and Sandy have been involved with the Fair since they moved to Nevada County in 1985. As active exhibitors, they won the Best of Show for their Zinfandel from their vineyard; and Sandy won the Proud Tradition for needlepoint and Best of Show in preserved foods. Besides being exhibitors, during the Fair they shoveled manure and assisted with cleaning the barns for the Farm Bureau; they were buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction; and as Master Food Preservers, they organized the Master Food Preservers exhibit and performed demonstrations of canning, pickling, pressure cooking, and dehydration.

Sandy started working as Deputy Manager at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in 1995, and served as the CEO of the Fairgrounds from 2009 to 2015. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Fairs Association for 10 years and as the WFA President in 2012, and was inducted into WFA’s Hall of Fame in 2015. During this time, she also served as the Chair of the California Fairs Alliance, where she provided leadership in creating successful legislation to significantly reduce the regulatory oversight of fairs and sought reinstatement of fair funding for California’s 78 Fairs.

During Sandy’s employment at the Fair, George worked quietly behind the scenes as the head volunteer at the Fairgrounds. He filled in wherever he was needed – and he always did it with a smile! He spent years on the exhibit crew, spending summers creating the exhibit props and getting the buildings ready for the Fair, and then weeks after the Fair undoing the exhibits and storing them for the following year. He also managed the work of the trustee labor from the jail, including transporting them to and from the jail. Additionally, on the Day for People with Disabilities, George would transport individuals from the local rest homes to the Fair so they could participate in the parade. George was often in disguise, dressing up in costumes for parades and skits. One year, after dressing up in an antique rooster costume and prancing around the stage during Opening Day Ceremony, George almost passed out as a result of the heat and lack of oxygen from wearing the rooster head!

“The Fair is a great community asset – it’s where our community comes to celebrate who we are,” said Sandy. “It’s where our children learn to ride their bicycles. It’s where our community seeks safety when there’s a disaster. It’s where we come together to hold fundraisers so that we can infuse money back into our economy and assist those who may be less fortunate. There’s a spirit on the Fairgrounds, which makes it a very special place.”

While Sandy and George have many fond memories of the Fair – George says that his favorite is the year they purchased a pig at the Junior Livestock Auction and it escaped from the auction ring, ran through the crowd, and stopped right in front of them. He says with a laugh “our visiting relatives from the city were amazed and thought that was a normal procedure and that we were going to grab the pig and take it home with us.” Sandy says one of her fondest Fair memories occurred late one evening as she was standing at Gate 5 watching patrons leave. Two couples were strolling together and as they approached the gate, one of the women looked over her shoulder and said, “Farewell Fair – I’ll see you next year.” To Sandy, this demonstrates her belief “that the success of the Nevada County Fair is the love the community feels for the Fair.”

Sandy and George, who will be married 40 years in October, have three children – Peggy, Jenine and Dan; as well as eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Now that Sandy and George have retired, they are enjoying time developing a vegetable garden, entering canning and pickling in the Fair, traveling, hiking, fishing, and putting their extensive wilderness and primitive skill training in use. They are members of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Foothill Lions Club, and have been buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction since 1985.

“We are both deeply honored to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Sandy. “When we were told, George was stunned and I was delighted with his inclusion. Not only has he devoted many hours to volunteering at the Fair, but he has graciously and patiently accepted the many hours and days that the Fair drew my attention away from my family.”

“Sandy and George’s service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair are commendable,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “They have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Nevada County Fair, and their work has ensured that the Fairgrounds can be enjoyed by future generations. It is an honor to be able to celebrate them.”

The Woods will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremony on August 10. They will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. The 2016 Nevada County Fair is August 10 – 14.

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George and Sandy Woods, 2016

The 2016 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame inductees are George and Sandy Woods, who are recognized for their long-time service, dedication and contributions to the Nevada County Fair. Photo credit: Shaffers Originals

 

John And Teresia Renwick To Be Inducted In Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

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John And Teresia Renwick To Be Inducted In Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame

John and Teresia Renwick have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Renwicks for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

John and Teresia have had a long history with the Nevada County Fair, beginning in 1995, when their children, Chrissy and Brandon, were active exhibitors as members of Meadowlarks 4H Club. Both John and Teresia were leaders in Meadowlarks, and contributed many hours to the Fair. John volunteered his expertise and labor on numerous livestock projects, and he also contributed to major renovations on the Meadowlark’s pasties booth.

Teresia’s poultry passion and expertise has supported the poultry exhibit for many years – from being the Poultry Superintendent to currently serving as the Fair’s poultry health inspector. For many years, Teresia was the producer of the Happy Valley Youth Rabbit and Poultry Show and donated the proceeds from the show to purchase equipment for the small animal exhibit and to help make improvements to the Fair’s small animal exhibit.

The Renwicks have been buyers at both the Junior Livestock Auction and the Ag Mechanics Auction for decades. John has actively participated at the Junior Livestock Auction as a ring man; and, each year, the Renwicks host and prepare a special barbecue for the Ag Mechanics buyers during the Fair. Their company, RE/MAX Performance Real Estate, sponsors numerous youth awards, as well as the setting up of the video monitor during the auction.

In addition to being supporters of the Fair, the Renwicks are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. Teresia serves as the Secretary of the Board, and is the Chair of the Cioppino Feed. At the annual Cioppino Feed, John volunteers his auctioneer talent and has helped raise thousands of dollars at the event’s auctions to benefit the Foundation.

“We love the small town feel of our Fair and the beautiful surroundings,” said Teresia. “We also love that when Fair time rolls around it’s like an annual family reunion.”

When asked about their favorite memory of the Fair, both John and Teresia agree that it was camping on the hill during the Fair with their kids and being woken every morning by the pigs getting their morning bath.

John and Teresia, who were named the 2002 Fair Family of the Year, have been married for 28 years. They have two children, Chrissy, 27; and Brandon, 23. In 2013, they purchased the RE/MAX franchise for Nevada County and are busy growing the company.  They are also active in numerous other community organizations, including the Greater GV Chamber of Commerce, the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Save, Nevada County 4-H, Bear River and Nevada Union FFA, and Interfaith Food Ministry. Additionally, John donates his auctioneering services to local non-profit organizations.

“This is such a huge surprise for us to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Teresia. “We never expected such an honor. We participate because it is so much fun to help and be a part of such a great organization.”

“The Renwicks are a remarkable family, with great enthusiasm and dedication to the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, retired CEO of the Nevada County Fair. “Their ongoing passion and commitment to the Fair have benefitted many, and have greatly contributed to the success of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This is a well-deserved honor for the Renwick family.”

The Renwicks will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, August 12.

Photo by Shaffers Originals

John and Teresia Renwick (2015)

Hall of Fame: John and Teresia Renwick

John and Teresia Renwick have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Renwicks for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

John and Teresia have had a long history with the Nevada County Fair, beginning in 1995, when their children, Chrissy and Brandon, were active exhibitors as members of Meadowlarks 4H Club. Both John and Teresia were leaders in Meadowlarks, and contributed many hours to the Fair. John volunteered his expertise and labor on numerous livestock projects, and he also contributed to major renovations on the Meadowlark’s pasties booth.

Teresia’s poultry passion and expertise has supported the poultry exhibit for many years – from being the Poultry Superintendent to currently serving as the Fair’s poultry health inspector. For many years, Teresia was the producer of the Happy Valley Youth Rabbit and Poultry Show and donated the proceeds from the show to purchase equipment for the small animal exhibit and to help make improvements to the Fair’s small animal exhibit.

The Renwicks have been buyers at both the Junior Livestock Auction and the Ag Mechanics Auction for decades. John has actively participated at the Junior Livestock Auction as a ring man; and, each year, the Renwicks host and prepare a special barbecue for the Ag Mechanics buyers during the Fair. Their company, RE/MAX Performance Real Estate, sponsors numerous youth awards, as well as the setting up of the video monitor during the auction.

In addition to being supporters of the Fair, the Renwicks are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. Teresia serves as the Secretary of the Board, and is the Chair of the Cioppino Feed. At the annual Cioppino Feed, John volunteers his auctioneer talent and has helped raise thousands of dollars at the event’s auctions to benefit the Foundation.

“We love the small town feel of our Fair and the beautiful surroundings,” said Teresia. “We also love that when Fair time rolls around it’s like an annual family reunion.”

When asked about their favorite memory of the Fair, both John and Teresia agree that it was camping on the hill during the Fair with their kids and being woken every morning by the pigs getting their morning bath.

John and Teresia, who were named the 2002 Fair Family of the Year, have been married for 28 years. They have two children, Chrissy, 27; and Brandon, 23. In 2013, they purchased the RE/MAX franchise for Nevada County and are busy growing the company.  They are also active in numerous other community organizations, including the Greater GV Chamber of Commerce, the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Save, Nevada County 4-H, Bear River and Nevada Union FFA, and Interfaith Food Ministry. Additionally, John donates his auctioneering services to local non-profit organizations.

“This is such a huge surprise for us to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Teresia. “We never expected such an honor. We participate because it is so much fun to help and be a part of such a great organization.”

“The Renwicks are a remarkable family, with great enthusiasm and dedication to the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, retired CEO of the Nevada County Fair. “Their ongoing passion and commitment to the Fair have benefitted many, and have greatly contributed to the success of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This is a well-deserved honor for the Renwick family.”

The Renwicks will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, August 12.

Photo by Shaffers Originals

John and Teresia Renwick (2015)

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Celebrating Sandy Woods

This week, the Nevada County Fair team celebrated the induction of Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Sandy Woods into Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame. Go, Sandy, go! Well deserved and happy to celebrate you!

Below is a photo of Pat Kress, 2014 WFA President, along with Sandy Woods. Two dear friends, and two dear friends to the Nevada County Fair.

Sandy and Pat at WFA convention (2015)

 

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Sandy Woods Inducted to WFA Hall of Fame

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Nevada County Fairgrounds’ CEO to be Inducted into Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame

Western Fairs Association (WFA) announced this week that they will induct Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, into the Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame at its upcoming convention in Reno.

The WFA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to the Fair industry through leadership, education, legislation and outstanding service.

Woods is being recognized for her contributions to the Fair industry, including her work at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. She has worked at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since 1995, where she started as Deputy Manager, and has served as the CEO since 2009. Additionally, Woods has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Fairs Association since 2005, and served as the WFA Board President in 2012. She is currently Chair of the California Fairs Alliance, which provides advocacy and resource development for the network of California fairs.

“Sandy’s service as an Officer, and as the President of the Western Fairs, set a new bar for leadership,” noted WFA Executive Director Stephen Chamber. “Her continuing role as the Chair of the California Fairs Alliance has helped California’s 78 fairs move through the difficult challenges driven by the Great Recession. Celebrating her service will be the highlight of our January Convention.”

Prior to her work at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Woods worked as the Controller/CFO for MasterCard for the western United States. She also has an extensive background and career in international agriculture.  Upon moving to Nevada County, she became the general manager of the Nevada City Winery and remains a director at the Winery. She is also a past director of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, as well as a member of the Foothill Lions Club.

“The Hall of Fame Board of Governors did an outstanding job,” said WFA President Pat Kress. “Sandy defines commitment and service to the fair community. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the California fair network. She is a great addition to the WFA Hall of Fame.”

The Western Fairs Association is a non-profit trade association serving the Fair industry throughout the Western United States and Canada. WFA serves fair-related businesses, fair management, fair board directors, festivals, and industry associations.

Woods’ induction will take place in January at WFA’s industry awards celebration in Reno.

Sandy Woods (portrait - high resolution)