Artwork Design Contest: Win $250

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is sponsoring a contest to find the best artwork to illustrate the 2015 Nevada County Fair theme – “Catch the Fair Bug!” – featuring bugs and insects. If you’re a talented artist, and you’d like $250, this is the contest to enter!

The contest, which is open to Nevada County residents only, takes place now through Friday, January 30. If you submit the winning artwork, you will win $250 and a 2015 Nevada County Fair package that includes admission tickets, parking and carnival coupons. Additionally, the winning artwork will be used on various Fair promotional pieces, print ads, buttons, banners, posters, and flyers.

Interested artists may use any medium, including photos, and can submit up to three entries, which must be on 8-1/2 by 11-inch paper. Entries can be delivered to the Fairgrounds Office at 11228 McCourtney Road or mailed to the Fair Office at PO Box 2687, Grass Valley, CA 95945. There is a drop box available for those who wish to leave their artwork at the office after hours or on weekends. A complete set of rules can be found here or by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

Debbie Marshall of Cedar Ridge submitted the theme of “Catch the Fair Bug.” The theme was chosen from the more than 240 theme names submitted during our community contest to determine the theme for the 2015 Nevada County Fair. The 2015 Nevada County Fair is August 12 – 16, 2015.

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“Catch the Fair Bug!”

The theme for the 2015 Nevada County Fair is “Catch the Fair Bug,” submitted by Debbie Marshall of Cedar Ridge. We received more than 240 entries in our contest to find the theme for the 2015 Fair. Wow! Next up will be requests for artwork (details posted soon).

Congratulations, Debbie, and thank you to all who entered the theme contest!

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The Center for the Arts Purchases California WorldFest

Congratulations to The Center for the Arts on the purchase of California WorldFest! Read the story here.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been fortunate to work closely with WorldFest producers Dan DeWayne and Christine Myers for almost 20 years. They are exceptional festival producers and have contributed greatly to our community through their love of music and through their passion to create a world-class music festival.

Together, they started the California World Music Festival 18 years ago, with their vision of bringing extraordinary world-wide music to our community and to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The festival has grown into a celebration of our world’s diversity and cultural richness.

While Dan and Christine will be greatly missed, we are delighted that The Center for the Arts has acquired WorldFest and will continue to culturally enrich our community. We look forward to working with The Center for the Arts to continue the tradition of the California WorldFest at “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.”

The 2015 California WorldFest is scheduled for July 16 – 19 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.


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Saturday: Nevada County Food and Toy Run

The Nevada County Food and Toy Run is happening Saturday! Watch the procession of more than 1,000 motorcycles as they make their way from the Rood Center to the Fairgrounds. If you want to help, please bring an unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item to the Fairgrounds. Remember, 12-16 year olds need toys, too.  Additional information, along with the procession route, can be found here.

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Holiday Concerts This Weekend

Don’t miss Music in the Mountains Holiday concerts happening this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Join them for a turbo-boost performance of symphonic rock arranged by Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, along with your favorite carols.  Part of their awesome concert lineup includes a FREE holiday concert to the kids in our community.   They are also partnering with the Nevada County Food And Toy Run this year to make spirits bright for all. See you out here!

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Gingerbread House Results and Canned Food Drive Results

A successful canned food drive, more than 120 vendors, and 45 gingerbread houses built made the 30th Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success.

The 12th Annual Gingerbread House Competition was once again a crowd favorite, with 45 entries received. Of those entries, the Best of Show award went to the Files Family of Chicago Park, and the People’s Choice Award went to Kathy Kinney of Penn 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 Christmas Faire.

First place winners in the traditional categories include Caylee Sinnock and Preston Lancaster (age 5 & under); Hunter Casteel and Finn Becker (age 6-8); Owen Strolle, McBride Family, Nate Becker, Kimberly Pfadt, and Evelyn Grandfield (age 9-12); Alyssa Porter, Jillian Beaver, J&C Anderson, and Willow West (Kits: Age 8 and under); Molly Becker (age 13-17); Sherry Andreini (age 18 -64); Joan Morton (age 65 & over); Nancy Pease (special needs); Scotten Out of School 3rd Grade, Scotten Out of School 2nd Grade, Scotten Out of School K/1st Grade, and Scotten Out of School 4th Grade Girls (group – children); Ali McDaniel and Pfadt Family (family); and the Files Family (Adult/Group – ages 18 and over).

The first place winner in the non-traditional categories is Joanne Perilman & Crew (adult/group – ages 18 and over).

At Sunday’s canned food drive, Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538, with help from Boy Scout Troop 21, collected more than 200 pounds of food. These donations will help complete Christmas food baskets for 28 local families during the holiday season.

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found here. The 2015 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28, and 29.

Gingerbread house (Best of Show) - 2014

Best of Show Winner: The Files Family

Gingerbread House (People's Choice - Kathy Kinney) - 2014

People’s Choice Winner: Kathy Kinney


Categories: Country Christmas Faire.

2015 Music Festivals Schedule

Here’s the 2015 schedule of music festivals at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! These world-class music festivals will make for an exciting and entertaining year!  So very excited to have them at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Mark your calendars.

Festival and Arts promotion

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