Fair Success Story

We love to share photos and stories of our customers. Here’s another of our favorites.  This is Ray Holcomb V at the 2013 Fair. This was his first year raising a swine, and he took 7th in Novice Show out of 22. Congratulations, and thanks to Francesca Holcomb for sharing with us!  Have a success story, recipe or photo? Send us a message at .  We’d love to feature you or your story! 

4H winner (Francesca Rodriquez Holcomb)

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Cioppino Feed Tickets On Sale Now

Join us for the fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed, as we prepare Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy! Antipasto, salad, garlic bread and all-you-can-eat Cioppino will be served. There will also be a live auction, a silent dessert auction and a no-host bar.

Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: Dinner at 6 pm
Location: Ponderosa Hall, Nevada County Fairgrounds
Tickets: $35/person. Tables for 8 available for $350 and includes two bottles of wine.

  • Limited tickets available, so order your tickets today!
  • Tickets available at: Nevada County Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, by calling (530) 273-6217, ext. 209, or by mailing a check to the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at 101 W. McKnight Way, B-106, Grass Valley, CA 95949
  • Mail in your invitation form

This is a fundraising benefit supporting the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and all proceeds benefit our beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

Spaghetti Feed this Saturday

There is a fundraising Spaghetti Feed this Saturday at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for Peter Lance, who was injured in a tree climbing accident.  The event takes place from 4 – 9 at Northern Mines Building. The event is $10. There will be dinner, music, raffles and an auction. Come enjoy an evening of food and fun.

Here is a link to the flyer for the event.

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Award Winning DHC Commercial

This lovely video documentation of the Draft Horse Classic won a first place award in the Western Fairs Association’s Achievement Awards program earlier this month. Our television commercial for the Draft Horse Classic also received a first place award.


Love it!   A big thank you to Mike Kerson of Video Mike Productions for producing the video and commercial. The 2014 Draft Horse Classic is September 18 – 21, so mark your calendar and come enjoy!

Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

Ribbon Winning Recipe

We love to share our Fair friends’ success stories!  The recipe below was created by Fair friend Diane Davis. Several years ago Diane entered this Golden Spice Ring Cake in the Harvest Fair and won a second place her efforts.  

Do you have a recipe, a photo, or a picture of a fair entry that you entered at the Fair? If so, send us a message with the details.  As we gear up for Fair season, we’d like to feature some of the photos/recipes/ideas with others on this page. For now, enjoy this awesome recipe. Thanks, Diane, for sharing!

Golden Spice Ring Cake
By Diane Davis

3 eggs
1 ¼ cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1 ¾ cups sifted flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick rolled oats, uncooked

Beat eggs until frothy; gradually add sugar. Beat until thick and lemon colored. Stir in pumpkin, oil and water. Mix and sift salt, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Add to pumpkin mixture. Stir in oats.  Pour into greased and floured 1 1/2 quart ring mold.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Loosen edges with knife or spatula. Cool 10 minutes, then invert on serving plate. Cool and top with Orange Butter Frosting.

 Orange Butter Frosting
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons orange juice
Few grains salt
2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange peel

Cream butter. Gradually add sugar, alternating with enough orange juice to make frosting right consistency for spreading.  Stir in orange peel and salt.

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RFD TV Features Draft Horse Classic

Redd Barney Ranch (Nevada)

These lovely beauties, and the Draft Horse Classic, will be featured on the “Gentle Giants” series on RFD TV and Rural Heritage during the next two weeks. Check your local listings (www.RFDTV.com). The next airing on RFD is at 9 pm (Pacific Standard Time) on Thursday, January 16. A huge thank you to Pam Minick and Kadee Coffman for spending time with us at the 2013 Classic!

Categories: Announcements and Draft Horse Classic.

Hello, Humankindness

Hello, humankindness! A well-deserved shout out (via The Union Newspaper and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s Humankindness campaign) to Nevada County’s Rotary clubs for all their volunteer efforts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds the last two years. Your efforts exemplify humankindness, community support and volunteerism at its best. Your work is so appreciated!

Human Kindness Story (The Union, 2014)

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Public Memorial for Bill Schultz

The family of Bill Schultz has planned a Public Memorial Service in his honor on Saturday, January 11, from 1 – 3 pm at the Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Bill, who passed away on November 27, was a long-time resident of Nevada County and extremely active in the community. He served on the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors for almost seven years. He also served as a director on the Fairgrounds Foundation Board, for eight years with the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, as a board member of the Nevada County Council on Alcoholism, as a member and past president of the Grass Valley Rotary, and a member of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Bill had a tremendous love for Nevada County, and he will be greatly missed. His family invites the public to attend the memorial service on Saturday, January 11, in honor of Bill.

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