Board of Directors Appointments

Governor Brown recently made appointments to the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors.  Arnie Romanello has been reappointed; Steve Steele and Andrew Trygg have been appointed as new directors.  The brief biographies below are from the Governor’s news release.  

  • Arnie Romanello, 84, of Grass Valley, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2001. Romanello has been a park monitor for the City of Grass Valley since 2008. He was a partner at Arnie Romanello’s Appliance Installers from 2002 to 2005 and owner of Arnie’s Bluebird Café from 1994 to 2001. Romanello was managing partner at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve from 1980 to 1993. He is a member of the Lions Club International. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Romanello is a Democrat.


  • Steven Steele, 56, of Rough and Ready, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors. Steele has been an owner and operator of Hog Hollow Farm since 1988. He served in multiple positions for Nevada County from 1980 to 2012, including road superintendent and fleet services manager for the Department of Public Works and equipment shop supervisor for the Department of Transportation. Steele is a member of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, the Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters and the California Pork Producers Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Steele is a Democrat.


  • Andrew Trygg, 31, of Grass Valley, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors. Trygg has been a lead instructor at Public Safety Training Consultants since 2011. He has served in multiple positions at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office from 2008 to 2013, including communications manager and senior sheriff’s dispatcher. Trygg was a public safety dispatcher at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2007 and a sheriff’s dispatcher at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office from 2002 to 2005. He is a volunteer fire captain at the Nevada City Fire Department and a member of the Firefighters Association of Nevada City. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Trygg is registered decline-to-state.


Steve and Andrew join our current Board of Directors – Thomas Browning, President; Arnie Romanello, Vice President; Sandy Ballou; Shanti Emerson; Karen Henderson; Simi Lyss; and Jeanette Royal.

During these challenging times for the California fair industry, a critical component to the Fair’s success is a strong Board of Directors, composed of community leaders with common sense and vision.  We are confident that the Board of Directors will continue to provide excellence in leadership. 

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Artwork for 2014 DHC Poster

Check out the artwork chosen for the 2014 Draft Horse Classic poster.  Titled “Percheron Power,” it was created by talented artist Gena Lee Tharp. It’s simply stunning! Next up? Using this beautiful artwork to create the poster for the 2014 Draft Horse Classic, happening September 18 – 21. 

DHC artwork (draft) - 2014


Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

Theme Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the 2014 theme contest winners – Dawn Narvaez of Penn Valley and Carol Jarosik of Grass Valley.  Both Dawn and Carol will receive a 2014 Nevada County Fair prize package!

Dawn submitted the theme of “Simply Fun,” and Carol submitted the theme of “Lambs, Hams, Quilts and Jams.” Both theme names were chosen from the more than 185 theme names submitted during our community contest to determine the theme for the 2014 Fair.

Next up – the Nevada County Fairgrounds will sponsor a contest to find the best artwork to illustrate one of these themes.  With two themes to choose from, the winning art will determine which of these two themes we choose for the 2014 Nevada County Fair. Details about the artwork contest and rules can be found here.

Thank you to all who entered the contest! It was extremely difficult to choose from all the fun theme names we received. We really do have a talented and creative community!


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Country Christmas Faire Results

Gingerbread House Competition Results and Canned Food Drive Results

A successful canned food drive, more than 120 vendors, and 42 gingerbread houses built made the 29th Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success.

The 11th Annual Gingerbread House Competition was once again a crowd favorite, with 42 entries received. Of those entries, the Best of Show winner was Cathy Rodgers of Browns Valley, and the People’s Choice Award went to Joanne Perilman and Crew of Grass Valley. The Best of Show is chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice is selected through ballots cast by individuals who attend the Craft Faire.

First place winners in the traditional categories include Bailey Ingalis and Jillian Beaver (age 5 & under); Willow West, Hunter Casteel, and Finn Becker (age 6-8); Owen Strolle, Nate Becker, and Molly Becker (age 9-12); Jenna Deutschman (age 13-17); Tina Ennis (age 18 -64); Joan Morton (age 65 & over); Keith Wemple (special needs); Girl Scout Troup 1024, The Awesomes, Sunday School Class, S. Lemons 3rd Grade Class, GVSD 4th Grade, GVSD 2nd Grade, and 1st Grade Clear Creek School (group – children); Yvonne Read (family); and Andres Price (Adult/Group – ages 18 and over).

The first place winner in the non-traditional categories is Cathy Rodgers (adult/group – ages 18 and over).

With the help of Grass Valley Elks, Sunday’s canned food drive collected enough food to feed 30 Nevada County families during the Christmas season.  

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found here. The 2014 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 28, 29, and 30.

Gingerbread House Competition Winners

Winners of the 11th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire include Best of Show winner Cathy Rodgers of Browns Valley, and People’s Choice winner Joanne Perilman and Crew of Grass Valley.

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Holiday Favorites Concert This Weekend

Music in the Mountains hosts it annual Holiday Favorites Concert this weekend – December 7 and 8 – at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

Experience some of the best holiday music ever written–sung by the amazing MIM Chorale, the Lyman Gilmore Middle School Choir–their very own choir of angels–with the MIM Holiday Orchestra. Join them at the Fairgrounds – and celebrate the season! 

For more information, visit Music in the Mountains’ website (