Sign Up for Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Scramble

Two fun events Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Scramble are planned for young children and teens during the arena events on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening of the Fair.

Featured in the Arena during the Farm and Ranch Night on Wednesday evening, the Rodeo on Thursday evening, and Professional Bull Riding on Friday evening, will be Mutton Bustin’, where young cowboys and cowgirls will get the chance to hop on a trusty sheep and head for the thrill of their young lives.  Children must be six years old and younger to participate.

Also featured at the Arena on the same three nights will be the Calf Scramble, where teams of children will compete with one another to catch, halter and coax a calf across the finish line. Children must be 13 to 18 years old to participate in the calf scramble.  Teams can enter more than one night.

Western attire is required for both events. Sheep and calves provided to the contestants during each event. Great prizes will be awarded for both events.  

If you have children interested in participating in either or both events, e-mail Four Star Rodeo at . Also, if you’d like to enter any of the events on Wednesday evening (Farm and Ranch Night) – Mutton Bustin, Calf Scramble, Calf Branding, Team Penning and Team Sorting – please e-mail Four Star Rodeo.

Visit our website for additional details on the arena events.

Rodeo fun

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Buy Fair Tickets Early and Save

Fair Office will extend its hours and be open this weekend for discounted ticket sales! 

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money!  The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at

Buy your admission tickets before August 6 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $6.  Or, purchase a “Be A Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4.  You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23; or a carnival ride booklet of 30 coupons for $20.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets. The Rodeo is on Thursday, Professional Bull Riding on Friday, and Tough Truck Racing and Monster Trucks on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Wednesday night’s arena event, Farm and Ranch night, is free with paid admission to the Fair. 

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them on-line at or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road by Tuesday, August 6, at 5 pm. Or you can call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 5 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will also be open on Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. 

After August 6, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, and free to children under the age of 5. 

This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11. The Fair’s Office is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The phone number is (530) 273-6217.

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A Magical Place

A Magical Place
By Maddy Rossitto, Ghidotti Early College High School

Have you ever gone into an amusement park? The feeling is thrilling when you walk through the gates, ready to partake in all of the fun that lies ahead. There are some fun rides, good food, and lots of people coming from such a long ways away just to spend some quality family time. Why travel so far when you can just drive or even walk down to the fairgrounds for the fair?

All of the rides are brought to you and placed neatly among the grass in the park. You will enjoy everything from the rides to the food to the beautiful surroundings. The fair holds many rides from fast and exhilarating roller-coasters to fun and enchanting beginner’s rides for children. Whether you relish that tingly sensation shooting down your sides as you soar through the air, or you just want to watch your children squeal in happiness on the whimsical swings, the fair is just the place to have a great time with family.

The fun doesn’t stop there; you can sit down with friends and enjoy a nice hot meal ranging from sticky sweet funnel-cakes to crispy golden corn dogs to a savory bowl of chicken and rice. With the many choices on Treat Street, everyone will be satisfied with full bellies.

If you don’t want to go back on those rides after you eat, you can always stroll through the grounds and take in your surroundings. Walk along the path garnished with bright yellow marigolds. Sit down under a nice shady tree and relax. Check out the Arts Barn and see the amazing crafts where children and adults alike show projects such as knitted hats and articulate paintings. Even go visit the animals in the show barn.

There are many opportunities at the fair for everyone, big or small. I hope you will have great time, just as I have throughout the years.

Maddy is a guest writer for the Nevada County Fair. Maddy took second place in the 8th grade Expository Writing Assignment for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools’ writing tournament in January.  Above is her article that she wrote for the annual Fair Guide, produced by The Union Newspaper.  Thank you, Maddy!



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Idol Competition at the Fair

Do you love to sing? If so, you could win $100, a Fair admission package, and money for your favorite charity! The Nevada County Fair is looking for talented vocalists to sing in the Idol Competition at this year’s Fair. 

Nevada County residents ages 16 and up are invited to participate in this crowd favorite on Wednesday, August 7, at 5 pm on the Pine Tree Stage at the Fairgrounds. The grand prize is $100, two Fair admission tickets, parking, two Saturday night arena tickets, and carnival rides. Second place prize is $50, two admission tickets, parking and carnival rides; and third prize is $25, two admission tickets and parking. New this year is the People’s Choice Award, which is $100. 

Singers will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, who will narrow it down to five finalists.  Audience members will then vote with wooden tokens (that can be purchased at the event) for the grand prize winner. The tokens will be weighed on stage and the winner will be announced that night. All tokens collected will be converted back to cash and then donated to the non-profit of the winner’s choice. The voting for “People’s Choice” will take place during round one and announced with the Grand Prize Winner.

Last year’s Idol Competition winner was won by Khalee Lofton, who received money for her charity of choice – J & J Performing Arts. 

Early entry is encouraged, as there is a limit of 15 contestants for this event. The entry fee is only $5, and entries close on Friday, August 2, at 5 pm. All contestants will receive a free admission pass to the Fair on Wednesday.

A complete list of rules and a registration form can be downloaded here, or call the Fair Office at 273-6217, or send an e-mail to .

Tri Counties Bank has graciously donated its time to sell tokens during the show. 

Bring your friends and be prepared for a great night of music and entertainment at this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 7 – 11. 

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Art Whitney: 2013 Hall of Fame Inductee

Art Whitney has been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized Art for his many years of service to the Nevada County Fair, as well as for his commitment to the growth and success of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Art served as a director on the Fair’s Board of Directors for two terms (1997 – 2001 and 2007 – 2012), as well as a Fair exhibitor, as a local beef 4H leader, and a county beef leader.

Art and his family moved to Nevada County in 1987, after a four year excursion living abroad on their sail boat. They settled in South County and immediately enrolled their sons in 4H beef projects. Since the 4H chapter didn’t have a beef leader at that time, he volunteered. He’s been involved in livestock ever since, and not surprisingly, when asked about his favorite part of the Fair, Art admits it’s all the livestock events – especially the Round Robin competition.

In addition to serving in the livestock community, Art was appointed to the Fairgrounds’ Board of Directors in 1997, where he took an entrepreneurial approach to decision making and utilized his strong livestock background to guide the Board. Additionally, Art generously contributed to the improvements in the livestock barns – the development of the Whitney Pavilion and the Beef Show Ring are evidence of Art’s personal generosity.

“I believe the Fair is an integral component in the process of raising children,” said Art. “This environment provides the perfect mechanism for developing young minds and bodies. It is here that kids learn communication and team building skills and have a terrific time that they will remember forever. I hope the community understands the importance of preserving this great venue so future families will enjoy the same benefits that so many families before them have. Given the current financial predicament of our state, it is imperative that the Nevada County community bond together and financially support this great institution.”

Art is the CEO of Pacific West Pharmacy and Advantage Pharmaceuticals. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Placer County Farm Supply, and a member of the Board of Directors at Mayers Memorial Hospital. Art and his wife Caroline have three boys who have all participated in the Fair and have gone on to be outstanding citizens in their communities. Additionally, they have a daughter, who attends McArthur High School (in Fall River Mills), serves as McArthur’s FFA Chapter president, and is active in the local county fair.

When he’s not working or volunteering, he enjoys time on his ranch, Whitney Meadows, where we raise all of our own hay, have a herd of registered horned Herefords, and too many horses. We enjoy watching our daughter compete in rodeo and we spend a lot of time helping neighbors with annual brandings, which mimic the old days of spending days gathering cattle, roping and dragging to the fire with great community camaraderie.

Art is surprised about his induction into the Hall of Fame. “What an honor, he said. I’m not sure I deserve this; there are tons of folks who dedicate so much to make this Fair great.”

Photo: Shaffers Originals

Photo: Shaffers Originals

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Community Involvement Day On July 29

Nevada County Fairgrounds And Community Organizations Team Up For Community Involvement Day On July 29

Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, and BloodSource are teaming up on July 29 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to these non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair.  These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 29, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of the following items: 

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food to the Food Bank of Nevada County, and receive a coupon to redeem for one free Fair admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. That’s two for the price of one! For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit or call (530) 272-3796.

Foothill Lions: Drop off a donation of an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses and receive a coupon to redeem for one free Fair admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. It’s two for the price of one! 

BloodSource:  Make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot (Gate 1) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair. For more information and eligibility about blood donation, visit or call 1-866-822-5663.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 29 between the hours of  1- 6 pm. 

Coupons received for the donations to the Food Bank of Nevada County and Foothill Lions (by one, get one free) must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 6. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1. 

This year’s Fair is August 7 – 11. For more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217. 

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Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley September 19 – 22, 2013

Grass Valley, California – Join the beautiful Draft Horses for the 27th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 19 – 22, 2013 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event is the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. 

The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules.  The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings. 

This year, we’ve lowered the price of adult admission tickets for evening performances – making them more affordable than ever.  Additionally, we’re continuing our offer of discounted pricing on morning performances and children’s tickets.  

In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts. This year, we welcome Tommie Turvey – a world-renowned equine entertainer, stuntman and one of the best movie horse trainers of today – who will be featured at each performance. Tommie’s horses have been featured in many movies, including “Batman: The Dark Knight,” and he did the training and filming of the Budweiser Clydesdales horses for the 2013 Superbowl commercial.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair, which features musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, Treat Street goodies, Art at the Classic, horse shoeing demonstrations, a chance to visit with the horses, and hundreds of community exhibits. 

On Saturday of the Classic, spend time at the Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm and is a pairing of fabulous local chefs and barbecue experts with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palette.  Information is available at  

On Sunday of the Classic, it’s the third annual Classic BBQ Cook-Off happening from 1:30 – 4 pm. Whether you want to watch BBQ experts show off their cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats – the BBQ Cook-Off is the place to be! Tasting tickets will be available at the event. 

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 19 – 22 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or ordering online.

Draft Horse Classic Action

The beautiful Draft Horses perform for a full arena at the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, California. This year’s event will be held September 19 – 22.

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Fair Partners with Local Libraries on Summer Reading Program

The Nevada County Fair is partnering with the Nevada County libraries for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children will be reading books and creating a project that will be on display at the Fair. Additionally, children who complete the program will receive two free carnival rides at this year’s Fair. Visit the Nevada County library’s website for details. Happy reading!

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