Appreciation for Our Sponsors!

Thank you to the more than 200 partners who make our Fairgrounds events possible!  Truly, our sponsors benefit our customers and events in so many ways!

Did you know that because of Smarter Broadband, Fair-goers get a free shuttle ride to the Fair? Or that because of The Beam “Easy Living” Center, Ponderosa Hall has a new sound system? Have you strolled Treat Street in the last few years, or seen the beautiful fountain and garden in front of Ponderosa Hall, not to mention Whitney Pavilion and Lions Lake?  These contributions to the Fairgrounds were provided by Hansen Brothers. 

We have an award-winning sponsorship program – and we love our community for partnering with us! We’ve already begun our 2014 partnership program – and we have lots of opportunities available. Thanks to Norcal Beverage and Emily’s Catering, who have already signed up as 2014 sponsors!

For more information, contact  Craig Hoddy/IMS, Partnership Director at or call him at (530) 272-3239. Visit the Fairgrounds’ sponsorship page to learn about all of our Partnership Opportunities. 

Sponsorship website page

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California’s Fairgrounds: Act Now

Thank you to magazine Sierra FoodWineArt for the informative blog post about the Joint Fairs Committee hearing last week – and the work that Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Sandy Woods is doing on behalf of all California’s Fairgrounds.  The post also stresses the importance of California’s Fairs to our communities.  To read the article in its entirety, here it is:

Well said, Sierra FoodWineArt


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Draft Horse Classic on RFD TV

We just received a note that the Draft Horse Classic will be featured next week and the following week on RFD TV and Rural Heritage’s “Gentle Giants” series. Check your local listings ( or ( for exact times. 

Thank you to RFD TV for visiting us in 2013, and for their continued support and excitement for the Classic! 


Saturday: Red Light Ball

The Red Light Ball, presented by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Council, is happening this Saturday, February 22, at the Main Street Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Tickets for this event must be pre-purchased; no tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $75.00 per person, and tickets sell out quickly.  For ticket information, call Donna at (530) 477-0947 OR Monte at (530) 268-0942. 

Red Light Ball (2013)

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Cioppino Feed

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed on Saturday, March 1 at Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, salad and garlic bread.  This year, a pasta dish will be available to those who do not prefer Cioppino, but want to attend the event. A no-host bar will also be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $35 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $350 and includes two bottles of wine.   

Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form here.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds.
For more information, call (530) 273-6217.

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“Simply Fun!” Artwork Winners Announced

Congratulations to Brittany Zweigle and April DePiazza of Grass Valley for having their artwork chosen to represent the Nevada County Fair and the theme for the 2014 Fair – “Simply Fun!”

Fair poster (2014)  FAIR14_ArtPoster_v1.indd

This year we’ve chosen two different looks – a photograph and a drawing – to represent the Fair’s theme. The photograph will be used on the poster, as well as throughout our advertising campaign.  The drawing will be used on the cover of our Competition Handbook, as well as throughout the Fair in the buildings, on gate signs, and on other promotional pieces.

Both pieces were chosen from numerous entries submitted by community members.

Dawn Narvaez of Penn Valley submitted the theme of “Simply Fun!” as part of our community contest in November to determine the theme for this year’s Fair.

Thank you to all those who submitted artwork!!

Fun Fair Photo

Did we mention that we love our Fair-goers? After all, they are the reason we do what we do every year! This is a photo submitted to us by one of our Instagram followers (#lenkaland).  This is a best of show award in the fur and feathers costume contest. Such a fun photo! Send us your success stories via Instagram (#nevadacountyfair) or message us on Facebook so we can feature your story and photo here.

Best of Show winner

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Casino Night

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Join the Rotary Club of Grass Valley for their 23rd Annual Casino Night on Saturday, February 8, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Lots of fun in one place:

  • No-host cocktails & food
  • Silent auction – more than $20K in items
  • Door prizes & raffle
  • Dance to Live Music by SoLS

The event takes place from 6:30 – 10 pm. General admission tickets (adults only, please) are $20/each, and tickets are available at the door. Tickets are also available at Nevada City Winery, Tess’ Kitchen Store, and Tri-Counties Bank.  Proceeds benefit programs for Nevada County’s youth and seniors.

For additional information, visit


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