Antique Tractor Show

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Early Day Gas Engine Antique Tractor Show. This event is free, and is happening today, Saturday and Sunday at the Gate 5 parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Featuring the preservation of old time tractors and engines (johnny poppers), come see these old timers run and perform tasks they used to do years ago!  Additionally, food is available for sale on site. Again, this event is free!

Presented by the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association. For information, call (209) 748-2800, or email .


Fairgrounds Closed to Pedestrians (June 8 – 15)

In preparation for the annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 12 – 15, in addition to a private music camp June 8 – 11, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to walkers and bicyclists beginning June 8. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Monday, June 16. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

The RV Park at the Fairgrounds will also be closed to the public from June 8 – 15.

At various times throughout the year the grounds are rented by organizations for large, community events like the Bluegrass Festival, the KVMR Celtic Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, and The California WorldFest. During these times, it becomes necessary to close the grounds to pedestrians in preparation for these various events.

If you are interested in attending the festival, please visit or call (209) 588-6031. 

1948 Nevada County Fair

Here’s another fun photo from our “vintage” file. This is a photo from the Nevada County Fair in 1948 of Pete and Susie Peterson (the grandparents of George Chileski) at their booth. Thanks, George, for sharing.  Have a fun photo to share with us? Send it to us at , and we’ll share it with our customers.

George Chileski's grandparents - Pete and Susie Peterson - 1948 Fair

Music Festival Schedule

We’ve got world-class music festivals and entertainment at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Check out the schedule below:

 All Wonderful! All Unique!

Have a Fair Story?

Do you have a fun Fair experience or favorite Fair story? We’d love to hear about it! Send us your story (in a few paragraphs), and if we share it with our Fair-goers, we’ll give you a free admission ticket to the 2014 Fair. If you’re interested, and want more details, send us a note at .

Welcome, Strawberry Music Festival

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is pleased to announce that this year’s Strawberry Music Festival will be held at the beautiful tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on September 11 – 14.

This popular music festival – which features four days of music, camping and recreation – draws thousands of musicians, entertainers, and music enthusiasts from across the United States each year. The festival features a wide range of musical acts, representing many different musical genres, including Americana, bluegrass, blues, folk, swing, rock, Cajun, Celtic and gospel.

Last year, Strawberry Music’s Fall Festival was cancelled due to the Rim Fire that burned around their festival home near Yosemite.  After being denied a permit for this year’s fall festival at Camp Mather, they came to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to ask for sanctuary so that the festival could continue.

The Strawberry Music Festival is one of several popular, world-class music festivals held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds each year. This year’s line-up includes:

For more information about the Strawberry Music Festival, call (209) 984-8630 or visit

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