California Fair Funding Action Call

As the Chair of the California Fairs Alliance and the CEO of the Nevada County Fair, I have grave concerns regarding the future for the network of California fairs.

California’s fairs fell victim to the total elimination of state funding in 2011, a financially radical step resulting from the serious budget crisis. Over the past 75 years, the state has made significant investments in the creation and infrastructure improvements of California’s fairs. Without state funding, these properties will deteriorate and in their downfall create public safety issues. The reality is that, through sales tax, the network of California fairs is currently a huge revenue generator for the state of California. Without funding to maintain the infrastructure, what were once state assets may breakdown into state liabilities. 

The Nevada County Fair enjoys significant community support and we’ve partnered with our non-profit organizations as a means for accomplishing some infrastructure projects. However, the scope of maintaining the Fair’s infrastructure goes far beyond the partnerships with local non-profit organizations. We need to find financial solutions to preserve our fair and the network of California fairs. Clearly we’re running out of time, evidenced by CDFA’s identification of 14 District Agricultural Associations on the fiscal “at risk” list. We need the immediate help of the legislature to find solutions!

The May Revise which reports the proposed revisions to the state’s 2014-2015 budget shows a significant increase in state funding. Now is the opportunity for the state legislature to protect California’s fairs – vital state assets that create jobs, help local economies and protect the public during times of disaster and emergencies.  

What can you do to help?  Write or email your legislators ( and/or write to the Governor (

Thank you for your support. It’s time to step up and protect California’s fairs – one of California’s most vital assets.


Sandy Woods
CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Categories: Nevada County Fair and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Upcoming Livestock Deadlines for 2014 Fair

For goats, sheep and swine being raised as market animals for the 2014 Nevada County Fair, the Fair’s mandatory registration deadline has been set for Friday, June 6th at 4:00 pm.  The mandatory registration deadline of market eggs, broiler and rabbit meat pens and market turkeys is 4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 1st.
Deadline: June 6 at 4 pm (more details)
pdf Mandatory Sheep Swine & Goat Registration Instructions, 2014
pdf Swine Ear Notching Diagram, 2014
pdf Exhibitor Code Of Ethics

Junior goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning May 19th.  The Fair Administration Office will have extended hours on Tuesday, June 3rd, from 8am to 7pm to accept entries.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

All exhibitors are required to complete an entry form, submit a photograph of themselves with their market animal and provide a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request the Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Entry forms and additional instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms, required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group.  Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2014 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 10th.  A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 6th through 10th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

Categories: Announcements.

Thank you, Ferrellgas and Xfinity

A huge thank you to Ferrellgas for being the major arena sponsor at the Nevada County Fair; and to Xfininty for being co-presenting sponsor of the 2014 Nevada County Fair. Have you seen the large signs at the top of the grandstands? We are so appreciative of these businesses (and all of our sponsors) for their support of the Nevada County Fair and the Nevada County Fairgrounds!!

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Stage Entertainment Schedule

The Nevada County Fair’s Stage Entertainment schedule is now online, and our stages will be filled with talent at this year’s Fair.   Here are some highlights:

  • For their 26th straight year, welcome back Mogollon from Arizona.
  • Dance with Nathan Owens Sounds of Motown, The 60’s Summer of Love, or Cover Me Badd (an 80’s- 90’s party band).
  • For more nostalgic music, welcome Big D & The Semi Tones (50/60 Hop Rock) or “Live from Vegas” (Rat Pack tribute featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.)
  • If it’s Blues and Soul you want, welcome Element of Soul, Rio Mojo, and local favorite, The Jamal Walker Band
  • For Country Western, check out High Sierra or James Carlson and Steadyhand
  • For Bluegrass and Americana Music, welcome Banner Mountain Boys or Mountain Shine – both local favorites
  • Jazz lovers always enjoy local band Cool Heat or Dr. Bach & the Jazz Practitioners, who play Dixieland and Swing music
  • Finally just sit back and enjoy hula, barbershop, concert band, Japanese Style Drumming or fun Ukulele Music with the Strum Bums.

So much talent in one location. We’ll see you at the 2014 Nevada County Fair.

This Weekend at the Fairgrounds

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday?  Check out the two activities happening at the Nevada County Fairgrounds!

There’s the Old West Antique Show, happening on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.
For more information, visit here.

There’s also the Gold Country Bike Challenge, happening all day on Saturday.
For more information, visit here.

Of course, we always have lots of areas to walk, picnic tables, and fishing for children at Lion’s Lake.  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend!

Derby Community Meeting

Join us for a community meeting tomorrow night, May 8, to discuss the Destruction Derby at the Nevada County Fair! The meeting is from 6 -7 pm at Ponderosa Hall. Interested drivers, sponsors and derby enthusiasts are encouraged to attend! Thanks to Rotary, the Derby is back – and we’re so excited!

For additional information regarding the Derby, contact Allison Swartzendruber, co-chair of Rotary’s Nevada County Destruction Derby at (530) 277-6229 or .

This year’s Destruction Derby will be held on Sunday, August 10, at 7 pm.

Derby photo

Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale

Draft Horse Classic tickets are now on sale!  You can order your tickets by phone (530-273-6217), mail, walk-in or FAX. Beginning June 2, you can also order your tickets on-line.

Ticket Order Form, Draft Horse Classic

Check out this year’s Gentle Giant Journal, which provides details about the 2014 Draft Horse Classic, happening September 18 – 21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

2014 Gentle Giant Journal

We love this event and we’re so excited to be able to offer discounts on evening performance tickets again this year! Buy early for the best seats.

See you at the Classic!


Pine Tree Quilt Show

The 30th Annual Pine Tree Quilt Show is happening this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.  This is a spectacular show to see – with 400 quilts on display.  Here’s a fun article by The Union regarding the show and the featured quilter:

For more information about the show, visit