2016 Nevada County Fair Wrap Up

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 1, 2016

Contact:     Rea Callender, Chief Executive Officer
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1544618857iaFyt1544618857nuoCa1544618857daveN1544618857@aeR1544618857

2016 NEVADA COUNTY FAIR WRAP-UP
Junior Livestock Auction, Ag Mechanics Auction, Treat Street Benefit Nevada County

More than $540,000 raised for Nevada County youth, more than 7,400 exhibits, and several community partnerships made for a successful 2016 “Kick It Up” Nevada County Fair.

  • Approximately 100,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
  • More than $900,000 was generated on Treat Street by local nonprofit organizations. Proceeds raised will allow these organizations to provide vital services to our community.
  • The Ag Mechanics Auction featured 57 custom items handmade by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, and raised approximately $54,000 for these students.
  • Two hundred and thirty-six animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing more than $490,000 for the youth of Nevada County.  This year, there were 693 bumps on 236 animals, which is an average of 3 bumps per student. A bump occurs when a buyer offers additional money to the price of the animal, as a benefit to the student.
  • This year marked the 60th anniversary of the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair, and the 15th year of the Ag Mechanics Auction at the Fair.
  • More than 3,300 students and educators attended Wednesday’s Scholar Student Day.
  • This year’s Fair included more than 7,400 exhibits from our community. Some exhibitors featured more than 30 exhibits, including Margaret Good, 95, who had 34 floriculture exhibits and has entered exhibits in the Fair for the past 46 years.
  • More than 3,200 of the Fair exhibits were from youth exhibitors, which is exciting because it represents the next generation of Fair exhibitors.
  • From salsa to photography to quilts, the Fair gives people the opportunity to share their talent, creativity and passions.  Popular exhibit categories this year included Blue Jean Art, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, Proud to be a Grandparent, Fairy Gardens, honey, Ugliest Cake, and Mommy and Me categories (for our very youngest Fair exhibitors).
  • Almost 10,500 attended the Fair’s five arena events – the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Tuff Truck racing, and KNCO’s Destruction Derby.
  • 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, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC), to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 95 blood donors were registered and 83 pints of life saving blood were collected; more than 750 books were collected; 2,250 pounds of food (enough to help feed 400 to 500 families) were donated; school supplies were collected for families in Nevada County; cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, and gift cards were collected for DVSAC; $750 of crafts were donated to NEO; and 530 prescription eye glasses and 10 hearing aids were donated.
  • More than 175 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
  • The Fair teamed up with local libraries on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 140 coupons were given to young readers in our community.
  • Seventy-three business sponsors partnered with the Fair to provide valuable services – like shade on Treat Street, free shuttle rides, materials for the special contests in the Special Events tent, shavings for the sale ring, and free drinking water.
  • The Fair partnered with Nevada County’s agricultural community for the seventh year to create Ag-Sperience, an area devoted to education in local agriculture.
  • In the Special Events Tent on Wednesday, more than 75 bowls of Jell-O (and six cans of whipped cream) were used in the first annual Jell-O Eating Contest; and on Saturday, 30 artists of all ages painted their hearts out in front of a full house for the Live Art Battle. These paintings will be auctioned off at Art at the Classic at the Draft Horse Classic.

The Nevada County Fair is about so much more than numbers,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It is the personal and positive experiences of Fair-goers, it is the memories that are created, the traditions that are carried on, the good that’s been done and will continue to be done in the community, and the community’s sense of pride and ownership of the Fair. The 2016 Fair is another example of the importance of our community in making the Fair a success – and the importance of the Fair in gathering our community together – and we thank our customers, our community, and all our partners for making the 2016 Fair a success.”

The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13.

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Photo by Kelly Hawkeswood

Marigolds and big wheel

2016 Nevada County Fair Wrap Up

More than $540,000 raised for Nevada County youth, more than 7,400 exhibits, and several community partnerships made for a successful 2016 “Kick It Up” Nevada County Fair.

  • Approximately 100,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
  • More than $900,000 was generated on Treat Street by local nonprofit organizations. Proceeds raised will allow these organizations to provide vital services to our community.
  • The Ag Mechanics Auction featured 57 custom items handmade by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, and raised approximately $54,000 for these students.
  • Two hundred and thirty-six animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing more than $490,000 for the youth of Nevada County.  This year, there were 693 bumps on 236 animals, which is an average of 3 bumps per student. A bump occurs when a buyer offers additional money to the price of the animal, as a benefit to the student.
  • This year marked the 60th anniversary of the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair, and the 15th year of the Ag Mechanics Auction at the Fair.
  • More than 3,300 students and educators attended Wednesday’s Scholar Student Day.
  • This year’s Fair included more than 7,400 exhibits from our community. Some exhibitors featured more than 30 exhibits, including Margaret Good, 95, who had 34 floriculture exhibits and has entered exhibits in the Fair for the past 46 years.
  • More than 3,200 of the Fair exhibits were from youth exhibitors, which is exciting because it represents the next generation of Fair exhibitors.
  • From salsa to photography to quilts, the Fair gives people the opportunity to share their talent, creativity and passions.  Popular exhibit categories this year included Blue Jean Art, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, Proud to be a Grandparent, Fairy Gardens, honey, Ugliest Cake, and Mommy and Me categories (for our very youngest Fair exhibitors).
  • Almost 10,500 attended the Fair’s five arena events – the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Monster Trucks, Tuff Truck racing, and KNCO’s Destruction Derby.
  • 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, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC), to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 95 blood donors were registered and 83 pints of life saving blood were collected; more than 750 books were collected; 2,250 pounds of food (enough to help feed 400 to 500 families) were donated; school supplies were collected for families in Nevada County; cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, and gift cards were collected for DVSAC; $750 of crafts were donated to NEO; and 530 prescription eye glasses and 10 hearing aids were donated.
  • More than 175 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
  • The Fair teamed up with local libraries on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 140 coupons were given to young readers in our community.
  • Seventy-three business sponsors partnered with the Fair to provide valuable services – like shade on Treat Street, free shuttle rides, materials for the special contests in the Special Events tent, shavings for the sale ring, and free drinking water.
  • The Fair partnered with Nevada County’s agricultural community for the seventh year to create Ag-Sperience, an area devoted to education in local agriculture.
  • In the Special Events Tent on Wednesday, more than 75 bowls of Jell-O (and six cans of whipped cream) were used in the first annual Jell-O Eating Contest; and on Saturday, 30 artists of all ages painted their hearts out in front of a full house for the Live Art Battle. These paintings will be auctioned off at Art at the Classic at the Draft Horse Classic.

The Nevada County Fair is about so much more than numbers,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It is the personal and positive experiences of Fair-goers, it is the memories that are created, the traditions that are carried on, the good that’s been done and will continue to be done in the community, and the community’s sense of pride and ownership of the Fair. The 2016 Fair is another example of the importance of our community in making the Fair a success – and the importance of the Fair in gathering our community together – and we thank our customers, our community, and all our partners for making the 2016 Fair a success.”

The 2017 Nevada County Fair is August 9 – 13.

Photo by Kelly Hawkeswood

Marigolds and big wheel

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Aerial View of the Nevada County Fair

Beautiful sky shot of the 2016 Nevada County Fair. Love the trees on the horizon, the colors of Gold Path, and the overall beauty that is the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Thank you, Hawk Bait Aerial Photography, for sharing with us!

Photo by Hawk Bait Aerial Photography.

Aerial view with carnival area (Hawk Bait Aerial Photography)

Categories: Nevada County Fair and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Congratulations to All Our Fair Winners; Results Posted

Meet Richard and Bobbie Goff – exhibitors at this year’s Fair. While they’ve previously entered exhibits in the Fair, this year Bobbie entered garlic for the first time. She won a blue ribbon for her fresh whole garlic, and a Best of Division for her dried garlic! They are so excited, and already planning for “lots of” entries for next year’s Fair.
Congratulations to all our Fair exhibitors; the results are now posted here.
Richard and Bobbie Goff 2
 
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Instagram Contest Winners

Congratulations to our daily Instagram winners – @golfindudeswife, @oldschoolcowgirl, @threeliliesphotography, @calimama23 and @jewellake13. We had more than 220 photos submitted; and so, so many fun photos! Thank you all for playing along.  Send us a message at moc.r1544618857iafyt1544618857nuoca1544618857daven1544618857@ylpe1544618857r1544618857, and we’ll let you know how to collect your prize.
IG collage - all winners (2016)
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Thank you to our Sponsors

A big thank you to Hansen Brothers Enterprises, Byers’ Solar, and Budweiser for their tremendous support as this year’s Nevada County Fair’s Grand Champion partners. These sponsors, as well as our more than 70 community partners, help to fund different Fair activities and services like free shuttles to the Fair, phone charging stations, games in the Special Events tent, and drinking water. Thank you!

sponsor banner (2016)

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Live Art Battle at the Fair (Sign Up Now!)

Live Art Battle at the Fair on Saturday. Consider yourself a painter? Are you brave enough to share your talents live? Sign up! Contestants of all ages will have 20 minutes to create a painting in front of the audience. Registration forms are here. Great prizes! Photo by @calimama23.

Art battle (@calimama23)

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Fair Office Open This Weekend for Ticket Sales

Discounted tickets are on sale now through August 9 at 5 pm. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! The Fair Office is open this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from 10 am to 5 pm; and Monday and Tuesday from 8 am to 5 pm. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online.
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Community Involvement Day Results

Wow – what a giving community! At Monday’s Community Involvement Day at the Fairgrounds, 95 blood donors were registered and 83 pints of life saving blood were collected for BloodSource; more than 750 books were collected for Story Club; 2,250 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank; school supplies were collected for Nevada County 211; cleaning supplies, toiletries, clothing, and gift cards were collected for Domestic Violence Coalition; $750 of crafts were donated to NEO; and 530 prescription eye glasses and 10 hearing aids were donated to Foothill Lions. Thank you, thank you, Nevada County!

 

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