Roger Ingram Receives 2017 Blue Ribbon Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 8, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Roger Ingram Receives 2017 Blue Ribbon Award

Roger Ingram of Grass Valley has been named the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Roger is recognized for his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roger’s involvement with the Fair began in 1986 when he started with the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). From 1986 – 1993, he served as the 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County. His primary responsibility was management of the 4-H program; and, specifically, at the Nevada County Fair, he organized and conducted a livestock judging contest until 1995. He has been instrumental in coordinating carcass quality programs for Fair animals and working with exhibitors and leaders to understand the data and to use it to improve their feeding and management practices.

Additionally, from 2006 – 2011, Roger gave a series of agriculture-related presentations at the Fair as part of the series of workshops coordinated by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

Roger became the UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in 1993, and the County Director in 2007. During this time, he helped with the development of Nevada County Grown, worked with local meat producers on marketing and processing issues, and worked extensively on agricultural policies and regulations.  He has also been involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Agricultural Commission, Nevada County Grown, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, and Gold Country Sheep Producers Association. Roger retired earlier this year.

“For decades, Roger has been an advocate of local youth in agriculture, particularly the youth at the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “His contributions to the agriculture programs at the Fairgrounds have educated adults and children.  Whether it’s participating in the annual Farm Day, assisting with agricultural youth programs, serving as a guest speaker in the seminar series at the Fair, or assisting the kids at the Fair – his work is invaluable.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Roger. “The Nevada County Fair holds such a deep connection with local residents, and it has been an honor to serve the residents of Nevada County.”

Roger will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 9. 

 

Roger Ingram Receives 2017 Blue Ribbon Award

Roger Ingram of Grass Valley has been named the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Roger is recognized for his contributions to the agriculture programs at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roger’s involvement with the Fair began in 1986 when he started with the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE). From 1986 – 1993, he served as the 4-H/Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in Nevada County. His primary responsibility was management of the 4-H program; and, specifically, at the Nevada County Fair, he organized and conducted a livestock judging contest until 1995. He has been instrumental in coordinating carcass quality programs for Fair animals and working with exhibitors and leaders to understand the data and to use it to improve their feeding and management practices.

Additionally, from 2006 – 2011, Roger gave a series of agriculture-related presentations at the Fair as part of the series of workshops coordinated by the Nevada County Resource Conservation District.

Roger became the UCCE Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor in 1993, and the County Director in 2007. During this time, he helped with the development of Nevada County Grown, worked with local meat producers on marketing and processing issues, and worked extensively on agricultural policies and regulations.  He has also been involved with the Nevada County Farm Bureau, Nevada County Agricultural Commission, Nevada County Grown, Tahoe Cattlemen’s Association, and Gold Country Sheep Producers Association. Roger retired earlier this year.

“For decades, Roger has been an advocate of local youth in agriculture, particularly the youth at the Nevada County Fair,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “His contributions to the agriculture programs at the Fairgrounds have educated adults and children.  Whether it’s participating in the annual Farm Day, assisting with agricultural youth programs, serving as a guest speaker in the seminar series at the Fair, or assisting the kids at the Fair – his work is invaluable.”

“I am both honored and humbled to receive the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Roger. “The Nevada County Fair holds such a deep connection with local residents, and it has been an honor to serve the residents of Nevada County.”

Roger will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 9. 

 

Categories: Nevada County Fair and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

WFA Blue Ribbon Award: Roger Ingram

What fun it was to surprise Roger Ingram at Nevada County Resource Conservation District’s dinner tonight with the news that he has been selected by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors as this year’s recipient of the Western Fair Association’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Award. The award was created to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. We’ll be sharing more about Roger and the many reasons he’s receiving this award; but right now we just want to say congratulations, Roger!

Blue Ribbon - Roger Ingram

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 23, 2017

Contact:     Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno on Wednesday at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and Fair-related professionals from throughout the Western United States attend to celebrate the industry and its accomplishments in 2016.

The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is the highest honor a Fairgrounds can receive, and is given to a program that demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

“To receive this award is truly an honor for the Fairgrounds, the community, and the organizations who shared the passion and goal of Community Involvement Day,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We’re proud of this community program, and we’re so pleased that the industry recognized its impact and importance.  Special recognition goes to Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager at the Fairgrounds, for her vision of this program.”

After years of incorporating community giving into the Fair lineup, the Nevada County Fairgrounds decided to further showcase community nonprofit organizations by providing a separate Community Involvement Day. By creating a special donation opportunity, a week prior to the Fair, the Fairgrounds connected the community directly with local nonprofits. The first Community Involvement Day was held in 2014 as a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair.  The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the charities who have participated in Community Involvement Day.

Through this program, 295 new blood donors have been registered, 254 pints of life saving blood have been collected, more than 1,700 books have been donated, 6,000 pounds of food have been donated to feed those in need, school supplies have been gathered for more than 100 families, and 1,198 glasses and 20 hearing aids have been donated to Foothill Lions.

In addition to receiving the Merrill Award, the Nevada County Fairgrounds received 15 WFA Achievement Awards, which recognize the best practices of Fairs in a variety of categories. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received recognition for its work in Ag-Sperience, digital advertising, social media, the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series, Califia Café, and Treat Street shade.  

The 2017 Nevada County Fair, “Sea you at the Fair,” is August 9 – 13; and the 2017 Community Involvement Day will be held on July 31 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  

Merrill Award winners

Members of the Nevada County Fairgrounds team receive the Merrill Award, the industry’s highest honor for Fairgrounds. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received the award for its Community Involvement Day, a day held prior to the Fair each year to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair. The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, Sierra Harvest, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the organizations that have participated in Community Involvement Day.

Nevada County Fairgrounds Wins Fair Industry’s Prestigious Merrill Award

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been selected as the recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s (WFA) prestigious Merrill Award for its Community Involvement Day. WFA made the announcement in Reno on Wednesday at its annual convention, where more than 1,000 Fair CEOs, directors, staff, delegates and Fair-related professionals from throughout the Western United States attend to celebrate the industry and its accomplishments in 2016.

The Merrill Award, named in honor of WFA founder Louis Merrill, is the highest honor a Fairgrounds can receive, and is given to a program that demonstrates innovation, vision, and excellence.

“To receive this award is truly an honor for the Fairgrounds, the community, and the organizations who shared the passion and goal of Community Involvement Day,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We’re proud of this community program, and we’re so pleased that the industry recognized its impact and importance.  Special recognition goes to Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager at the Fairgrounds, for her vision of this program.”

After years of incorporating community giving into the Fair lineup, the Nevada County Fairgrounds decided to further showcase community nonprofit organizations by providing a separate Community Involvement Day. By creating a special donation opportunity, a week prior to the Fair, the Fairgrounds connected the community directly with local nonprofits. The first Community Involvement Day was held in 2014 as a day to donate items to nonprofit organizations, while also receiving discounted admission tickets to the Fair.  The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, NEO Youth Center, BloodSource, Story Club, and the Domestic Violence Coalition are among the charities who have participated in Community Involvement Day.

Through this program, 295 new blood donors have been registered, 254 pints of life saving blood have been collected, more than 1,700 books have been donated, 6,000 pounds of food have been donated to feed those in need, school supplies have been gathered for more than 100 families, and 1,198 glasses and 20 hearing aids have been donated to Foothill Lions.

In addition to receiving the Merrill Award, the Nevada County Fairgrounds received 15 WFA Achievement Awards, which recognize the best practices of Fairs in a variety of categories. The Nevada County Fairgrounds received recognition for its work in Ag-Sperience, digital advertising, social media, the Fairgrounds Foundation Speaker Series, Califia Café, and Treat Street shade.  

The 2017 Nevada County Fair, “Sea you at the Fair,” is August 9 – 13; and the 2017 Community Involvement Day will be held on July 31 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  

Merrill Award winners

Categories: Announcements, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Nevada County Fair Nominated for Merrill Award

Congratulations to the Nevada County Fairgrounds on their nomination for Community Involvement Day for the Western Fair’s Association’s Merrill Award. We’re so very proud of this program and our community for supporting local nonprofits and donating on this day – and happy to see it receiving some much-deserved recognition in the Fair industry. Check out the feature story on our Facebook page.

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Rod Byers Receives WFA’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 8, 2016

Contact:     Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
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Rod Byers Receives 2016 Blue Ribbon Award

Rod Byers of Grass Valley has been named the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Rod is recognized for his efforts in coordinating a successful wine competition at the Fair each year, and for his many years of service to the Nevada County Fair.

Rod’s involvement with the Fair began in 1983 when he started a commercial wine competition. In 1984, he shifted from that competition to a competition for local home winemakers, which focused on local grapes, wines, and people. Rod continues today as the supervisor of the Fair’s Wine Competition, overseeing all aspects of the competition, including the judging and approaching local wineries to sponsor the various divisions.

“We never tried to grow it to be the biggest competition, just the best,” said Rod. “I always try to run the competition with the entrant in mind – to give them the best possible feedback on their wines from a qualified, professional panel of judges.”

Rod and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 42 years and own Pine Hill Wine Works. He worked with Nevada City Winery for over 30 years, and now considers himself in the information and education side of the business. He teaches wine classes, writes a wine column for The Union, and has a TV show on local public access TV.

“Rod is kind enough to share his expertise with us at the Fair,” said Diane Hawkeswood, the Fair’s Exhibit Representative who has been working with Rod for more than 20 years. “We firmly believe that without his kindness, we would not be able to offer the wine competition to our exhibitors. We are so thankful for his dedication to the Fair and wine industry.”

“I am immensely honored to win the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Rod. “When I look around and see what some people do for the community, I don’t really believe I deserve any special recognition, but I sure appreciate getting it. Really, all we were doing was having a little bit of fun all those years.”

Rod will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 10.  The 2016 Nevada County Fair is August 10 – 14.

Rod Byers - Blue Ribbon Recipient

Rod Byers Receives WFA’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Award

Rod Byers of Grass Valley has been named the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Rod is recognized for his efforts in coordinating a successful wine competition at the Fair each year, and for his many years of service to the Nevada County Fair.

Rod’s involvement with the Fair began in 1983 when he started a commercial wine competition. In 1984, he shifted from that competition to a competition for local home winemakers, which focused on local grapes, wines, and people. Rod continues today as the supervisor of the Fair’s Wine Competition, overseeing all aspects of the competition, including the judging and approaching local wineries to sponsor the various divisions.

“We never tried to grow it to be the biggest competition, just the best,” said Rod. “I always try to run the competition with the entrant in mind – to give them the best possible feedback on their wines from a qualified, professional panel of judges.”

Rod and his wife, Melanie, have been married for 42 years and own Pine Hill Wine Works. He worked with Nevada City Winery for over 30 years, and now considers himself in the information and education side of the business. He teaches wine classes, writes a wine column for The Union, and has a TV show on local public access TV.

“Rod is kind enough to share his expertise with us at the Fair,” said Diane Hawkeswood, the Fair’s Exhibit Representative who has been working with Rod for more than 20 years. “We firmly believe that without his kindness, we would not be able to offer the wine competition to our exhibitors. We are so thankful for his dedication to the Fair and wine industry.”

“I am immensely honored to win the Blue Ribbon Award,” said Rod. “When I look around and see what some people do for the community, I don’t really believe I deserve any special recognition, but I sure appreciate getting it. Really, all we were doing was having a little bit of fun all those years.”

Rod will be recognized at Opening Day Ceremony of the Fair on August 10.  The 2016 Nevada County Fair is August 10 – 14.

Rod Byers - Blue Ribbon Recipient

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Foothill Lions, Peterson Family Receive 2015 Blue Ribbon Award

The Foothill Lions Club, as well as Bob and Debbe Peterson, have been named the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award recipients by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the fair industry, to recognize those who support their local Fair and continuously contribute to the quality of the Fair. The Foothill Lions Club is recognized for its ongoing support of the Fairgrounds, and for their partnership with the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation in producing the annual Cioppino Feed. The Petersons, owners of Lazy Dog Confections, are recognized for their devotion to the Fair and for fostering positive community relations.

Since its inception as a club, the Foothill Lions Club has been an avid supporter of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. They have always focused on fundraisers for the Fairgrounds, as evidenced by the spaghetti feed fundraiser to the annual Cioppino Feed to benefit the Fairgrounds Foundation. The Cioppino Feed, which was inspired by the Foothill Lions Club founder, Arnie Romanello, has grown into a partnership project between the Club and the Fairgrounds Foundation. The majority of the Club members devote their energy in the kitchen, creating delicious Cioppino. It’s through their volunteerism that tens of thousands of dollars have been raised by the Foundation to support the Nevada County Fair. The Foothill Lions Club also runs the arena beer booth during the Fair and Draft Horse Classic.

“The Foothill Lions Club feels honored and privileged to receive the Blue Ribbon Award from the Nevada County Fairgrounds,” said Jack Kuhwarth, President of the Foothill Lions Club. “Our club feels that the Nevada County Fairgrounds is an integral part of the community that brings all factions of our society together in its various events. We thank them for this honor.”

Bob and Debbe Peterson, creators and owners of Lazy Dog Ice Cream, have been quality purveyors on the Nevada County Fairgrounds and within our community for many years, providing exceptionally delicious ice cream throughout the summer during large outdoor events at the Fairgrounds. Patrons regularly gravitate to the lovely pink Lazy Dog stands, seeking delicious ice cream treats. The Petersons also serve their ice cream during the annual Fair and the Draft Horse Classic; and, during the Country Christmas Faire, they create a festive holiday gift booth filled with delicious candies and chocolates.

The Petersons, who were “absolutely stunned” to receive the Blue Ribbon award, have been making ice cream bars and candy since 1982, and at the Fair for 28 years.

“Over the years it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Petersons,” said former Fair CEO Sandy Woods. “Their energy has been boundless, and I am thrilled that they are being honored for their marvelous spirit, their love for the Fairgrounds, and for their impressive business venture, Lazy Dog Ice Cream.”

Members of the Foothill Lions Club and Bob and Debbe Peterson were recently recognized in private presentations.

Debbe and Bob Peterson accept their award at a surprise presentation.

Debbe and Bob Peterson (Blue Ribbon)

Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fair.