Roasting Chestnuts: Carrying on the Tradition (Thank You, Kathlene Snow)

In memory of her Dad, Dean Pitts, Kathlene Snow will be roasting chestnuts at this year’s Country Christmas Faire. For the past 10 years, Dean (picture here with Sharon, his wife of 64 years) roasted chestnuts at the bonfire at the Country Christmas Faire. When he passed away earlier this year, Kathlene decided to step in to continue the tradition. According to Kathlene, “the Country Christmas Faire was his event. He loved the people and the chance to volunteer. He became close friends with the firefighters who watched over the fire pit, and he loved visiting with the public. He never knew a stranger.  His shoes will be hard to fill, but I am thankful for the opportunity. It will be healing for us all.”  When visiting the Country Christmas Faire, be sure to stop by the community bonfire, try a roasted chestnut, and say hi to Kathlene (who will be wearing her Dad’s hat).

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Friends of the Fairgrounds: Rocky and Dewitt

Meet Rocky and his owner, Dewitt. Rocky brought his owner in the office a few weeks ago to donate money for the doggy bags found at the Fairgrounds and to thank us for letting him walk at the Fairgrounds. Dewitt says that he and Patricia (not pictured) have been walking with Rocky at the Fairgrounds for years because of its park-like setting and because it makes Rocky happy! Glad to see you out here, Patricia, Dewitt and Rocky; and, thank you, Rocky, for the donation! 🙂

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Whole Bead Show: November 11 and 12

The Whole Bead Show is happening Saturday and Sunday (November 11 and 12) from 11 am to 5 pm at the Sugar Pine Lodge at the Fairgrounds This is a local bead show featuring beads of all kinds, gemstones, vintage glass, seed beads, handmade and more. It is open to the public as well as those in the trade. Admission and parking is free.
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Fairgrounds Foundation Begins Third Season of Speaker Series

Sue Ebeler, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs at UC Davis and Professor of Viticulture and Enology, spent part of this evening talking to local high school students as part of the third season of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series. This monthly series, which continues through May, provides business advice, tips and leadership experience to local high school students. Many thanks to Sue for sharing her time and advice with the students tonight!

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Coloring Contest: Enter Now

The Fairgrounds is hosting a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the Country Christmas Faire. Coloring sheets are available at the Fairgrounds office and here. There are two drawings to choose from, so choose your favorite and color away! It’s free to enter and all entries will be displayed at the Country Christmas Faire on Thanksgiving weekend. Winners in each category, so have fun!

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Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours

Effective immediately the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds inner grounds and gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends.   The inner grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm.

The winter hours only affect the inner grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds on the weekends and during the winter months.

The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1.


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Altar Show: October 28 – November 5

The Altar Show is happening today through November 5, noon to 7 pm each day, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This annual exhibit features more than 60 altars created to honor loved ones and common human experiences. The show is free, but tax-deductible contributions are welcome. For information, visit

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Halloween Carnival: Saturday, October 28

Bring your family and friends to the Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 28, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Main Street Center. This fun, family-friendly event includes a hamburger or hot dog lunch, carnival style games, crafts, prizes (treats and candy), and a coloring and costume contest. The cost is $5 per person and includes lunch. Parking is free. Offered by RE/MAX Performance. Join the fun from 11 am – 3 pm.
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A Day at the Draft Horse Classic

Love the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair? Or have you always wanted to attend, but not sure what it’s all about? Check out the video done by Lenkaland Photography. Giovanni Paolo has done an excellent job of telling the story of the different pieces of the event – from the Harvest Fair, to the prepping of the horses for performing, to the show in the arena! We already miss these beautiful animals, and can’t wait to see them again in 2018!  Check out the video! 
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