Here’s a fun Fair fact for you. At the 2017 Nevada County Fair, the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department’s baked potato booth sold almost 4 tons of baked potatoes! Now that’s a lot of potatoes! If you missed getting some of this deliciousness during the Fair, they’ll be selling baked potatoes at this year’s Draft Horse Classic.
With a theme of “Sea You at the Fair,” this year’s Nevada County Fair is happening August 9 – 13 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Nevada County Fair features five days of fun for Fair-goers of all ages, and is the perfect opportunity to listen to ongoing musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.
New this year is the Stingray Encounter, where Fair-goers can view, touch and learn about stingrays; the Beachcomber Area, which features a giant sandbox; a Bubble Gum Blow Off and a Frozen T-Shirt Challenge in the Special Events Tent; several robotics displays; and Michael Mesmer’s “Strange Magic,” featuring optical illusions and magic. Check out the livestock obstacle courses, the hay bucking contest, horse and stock dog demonstrations, and the small animal costume contests.
In the arena, Wednesday and Thursday night is the Flying U Extreme Rodeo; Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks; and Sunday night is the popular Destruction Derby. All arena events begin at 7 pm.
Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the two outdoor stages featuring more than 25 musicians and bands during the Fair. Enjoy rock and roll, traditional country, reggae, classic rock, Chicago blues, and West Coast blues. Or, check out the tribute bands – The Rhythm Vandals (Santana Tribute) and Starpeople (a tribute to the Rolling Stones).
Enter one of the special contests for adults and kids held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Bubble Gum Blow Off, a Frozen Shirt Challenge, Jell-O Eating Contest, Duct Tape Art Challenge, Live Art Battle, “Minute to Win It” fun, squash mobile races, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.
A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, pulled pork sandwiches, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more. When you eat on Treat Street, you are supporting local nonprofit organizations.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For a list of daily activities, event details, tickets, or general information, visit here or call (530) 273-6217.
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Treat Street fun facts: Did you know that in 2016, the Northern Mines Girl Scout Slushie Booth used more than 600 pounds of ice? And that it takes 125 volunteers to run this popular booth? This year’s flavors are Orange Juliette, Lemon Lush and Peach Paradise, and when you purchase a drink from this booth, money is used by individual troops for camping and adventure trips, uniforms, badges and books, donations to local charitable organizations by the girls and their leaders, and a yearly scholarship. Thank you, Girl Scouts, for all your hard work – and for making delicious slushies!
Treat Street fun facts: Did you know that the Grass Valley Host Lions Club serves approximately 16,000 ears of corn during the five-day Fair? In addition to their delicious hot, buttered corn, the Lions also sell homemade cinnamon rolls and pretzels. The sales from their Treat Street booth helps to fund several community projects, including tree planting at the Fairgrounds, the Gold Country Pet Food Pantry (which delivers pet food to pets for Meals on Wheels clients), local youth scholarships, and eye care for local residents. They also make donations to local programs like Boy Scouts, the food bank, Interfaith Food Ministry, Canine Companions, Kid’s Fishing Derby, and Care Crisis. Thank you, Grass Valley Host Lions, for your invaluable contributions to Nevada County.
Treat Street Fun Facts: Did you know the Tall Pines Nursery School food booth serves delicious Round Table Pizza during the Fair? Choose from freshly baked cheese or pepperoni by the slice or you can buy an entire pizza for the family. The slices are huge, the pizzas are made fresh each day, and they even have a kids’ meal. Tall Pines also has their own seating area with shade and picnic tables. The pizza booth is their largest fundraiser, and all of the proceeds raised from the Fair fund the school curriculum, cooking with the kids, field trips, arts and craft projects, and a children-grown garden. Thank you, Tall Pines Nursery School, for all the love you put into the little learners in our community!
We have two new organizations on South Treat Street this year – NEO Youth Center and Yuba River Charter School – and they have been busy fixing up their booths. The buildings are going to be painted, the inside is brand new, and new signs will be going up soon. These organizations are working so hard to get their booths ready, so be sure to visit them during the Fair! NEO will be selling fresh fruit, smoothies, grilled cheese sandwiches and PB and J; and Yuba River Charter School will be selling smoked turkey legs! The former booths (Boy Scouts Caramel Corn; and Higgins Fire Department’s Nachos) have relocated to booths on Treat Street.
Treat Street fun facts: Did you know that the Nevada City Rotary booth on Treat Street serves delicious pulled BBQ pork and shredded chicken sandwiches? Your Treat Street proceeds from this booth have helped support youth scholarships, Girls Who Code, ACME Robotics team, KVMR’s Breaking the Trance Town Hall Meeting, Children’s Renaissance Festival, Miners Trail, Open World Kazakhstan Entrepreneur Visit and so much more! Nevada City Rotary is especially proud to support Nevada County’s ag students with the John Taylor Memorial Ag Scholarship during the Junior Livestock Auction. Thank you, Nevada City Rotary, for your service and dedication to Nevada County.
Treat Street fun facts! Did you know that during the Fair the Grass Valley Fire Department’s Firefighters Association booth serves hot dogs, polish dogs, Cajun dogs, chili dogs and chili bowls? Last year’s addition of a Frito chili bowl was a big hit! Proceeds from Fair sales support the association’s efforts in restoring a 1920’s-era Seagrave fire engine, and allows them to provide a “broken wheel” (a long-standing tradition) to families of firefighters who have passed away. Thank you, Grass Valley Fire, for all your hard work!
Treat Street – oh, how we love you! So many choices! What’s your favorite treat on Treat Street? Leave a comment on our Facebook page and we’ll randomly choose a few winners for a free admission ticket to the Fair. Have fun!