“People of the Beer” – Mogollon’s New Song

People of the Beer, People of the Wine and People of the Hay – check out a clip of Mogollon’s new song (http://youtu.be/CPEw1S3Kwdk), written just for their Nevada County Fair fans, in celebration of more than 20 years at the Nevada County Fair!

Here’s the story behind the title of the song, “People of the Beer.”

The People of the Beer, Wine and Hay refers to a “shout out” to the various sections that surround the stage at Mogollon’s annual performances at the Nevada County Fair. The stage is next to the beer garden, with some hay bales directly in front and bleacher sections towards the back. 

About 4 years ago during the performance, Duane, the lead singer, shouted “Hello, People of the Beer” to the fans in the beer garden and everyone drinking beer raised their glasses.  A few fans pointed out that they don’t drink beer, they drink wine, and would enjoy a shout out, too.  At the next show, Duane sang “hello, people of the beer and people of the wine”.  Everyone raised their glasses, but still more fans pointed out that they like to attend the fair, bring their blanket and enjoy the show down on the hay bales, and that they would also like to be recognized.  So for a few years now Duane has been acknowledging the fans by saying hello to each section of people near the stage.  Last year, fans started to bring homemade signs to promote for their respective sections.     

Duane Moore and Mogollon so enjoyed the playful competitiveness and pride of each section that they promised the fans that we would write, record and play the song for the 20th anniversary of Mogollon at the Nevada County Fair in 2014.  The clip above is just a sample – the song will be played in its entirety at this year’s Fair, where Mogollon performs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at the Fair.

Join us at this year’s Nevada County Fair, check out all the stage entertainment, including Mogollon performing their new song!  Thanks for a great 20 years, Mogollon!

People of the Beer and Wine People of the Hay 


Ultimate Food Contests

Here’s another fun contest to enter – one of the Ultimate Food Contests.  Ultimate food contests are open to both adults and youth, and are held each evening at 6 pm in the Special Events tent. Check out the details here in this excerpt from the Competition Handbook. Rules & divisions can be found there. Entry forms and pre-registration required.

  • “Piggy’s Best Cookies Ever” – Wednesday
  • “Farmer Eddie’s Cheese Cake” – Thursday
  • “Garden Fresh Salsa” – Friday
  • “Bessie’s Best Chocolate” – Saturday
  • “Simply Fun Summer Salads” – Sunday

Entry forms due by July 18. All Ultimate Food Contest entries receive a participation ribbon, as well as free admission to the Fair. Won’t you join us for one of “Simply Fun” Ultimate Food Contests?!

Special Food Contest

Summer Reading Program

Once again this year, the Nevada County Fair is partnering with Nevada County’s local libraries for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children will read & create a project that will be on display at the Fair. Additionally, children who complete the program will receive two free carnival rides at this year’s Fair. Visit the library’s website for details. Happy reading!

Fairy Gardens (New Exhibit Category)

How about entering an exhibit in this year’s Nevada County Fair? We have hundreds of categories to choose from. 

Here’s a fun new category this year: Fairy Garden – use any container and create a miniature garden. Adults, Youth, and children under 5 can enter this category. Below are the page numbers in our competition handbook: Adults, page 40, Division 146; Youth, page 64, Division 335; Children under 5, Division 298 (Mommy and Me), Class 7.

Make this your year to enter an item.  It’s fun and most categories are free to enter!  You can either enter online, or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road and fill out the forms. Come on, Nevada County, let’s enter some exhibits!!

Fairy Garden (new category) Fairy Garden 2

Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” are all part of the festivities at the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 18 – 21, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Tickets to this event are on-sale now. Once again, we’re offering discounted pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, as well as on morning performances and children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530-273-6217), faxing (530-273-1146), or visiting the Fair Office on McCourtney Road. Tickets can also be purchased on-line. There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets on-line.  Ticket order forms are available at NevadaCountyFair.com. Choose from six performances!

Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy western music, Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and hundreds of community exhibits, a clogging jamboree, horse shoeing demonstrations, Treat Street goodies, and Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the famous Draft Horses up-close.

On Sunday, September 21, enjoy the Fall-like weather underneath the tall pine trees for Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm and is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate. Information is available at www.NevadaCountyGrown.org.

Admission Ticket Winners

We had lots of great responses to our Facebook contest! We love that our Fair-goers are as excited about the Fair opening day as we are! Congratulations to the following winners: Morgan Hopkins, Danielle McBride, Tracey Hadley, Misty Marie Cahalan, Jennifer Crumrine, Tessa Van Etten, Barbara Joan Utterback, Daymora Beecham Taylor, and Sarah Deyermenjian. Send us a private message on Facebook and we’ll get you the details for your winning ticket.

Thank you, Les Schwab Tire Centers & Chris’ Collision

Our sponsors are a vital part of our Fair. A shout out to Chris’ Collision Repair for being the presenting sponsor of the Fairgrounds’ Foundation Beer Booth, and to Les Schwab Tire Centers as the presenting sponsor of this year’s Flying U Rodeo.  Your support of the Nevada County Fair and the community’s Fairgrounds is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Music in the Mountains SummerFest

Music in the Mountains has an amazing lineup of music this weekend (June 21 and 22) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Saturday is the Family Music Faire with Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead” AND Alasdair Fraser’s Grand Fiddler’s Rally.  On Sunday, the Young Geniuses concert celebrates the year-long collaboration with Sierra Streams Institute. So much fun in one weekend!

The fun doesn’t stop there. Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest continues with the following:

June 27- The Fab Four
June 28- John Williams Spectacular
July 3- Happy Birthday USA 
All concerts start at 8 pm, and gates open at 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic dinner to the concerts, or enjoy an array of great food from our vendors. There is no outside alcohol permitted at the concerts, in accordance with ABC laws.  Please refrain from bringing your own alcohol as it will be confiscated at the gate.  Instead, enjoy beer, wine and selected mixed drinks from the two outdoor bars.

It’s all part of Music in the Mountains’ SummerFest, which continues through July 3.  All the details can be found on the Music in the Mountains website.

Come out to the beautiful tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds and enjoy great entertainment while supporting our community’s awesome Music in the Mountains!

Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available



Contact: Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer
(530) 273-6217;

Book includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!

Why not showcase a talent, a project, a cooking skill, or a special collection. Try baking cookies, entering a prized photo, creating a produce character, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, or entering the Pet Look-A-Like photo contest. This year, we have some fun, new categories, including California State Park contests (in celebration of California State Park’s 150th anniversary), an Instagram Contest, and a category for miniature Fairy Gardens.  There are also lots of special contests like the Squash Mobile Races, Daily Special Food Contests, and the Family Feud. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults – the Competition Handbook has something for everyone.

Copies of the free handbook are available at the Fairgrounds’ Office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, Raley’s, SPD, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses, as well as on-line here.

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite categories, and follow the simple steps for completing the entry forms. You can even enter on-line.   This year, there won’t be any entry fees for most categories (yes, it’s free!), you can enter on-line or at the Fair office, and there will be some great prizes!  The deadline for submitting paper entry forms and on-line entries is July 18 at 4 pm.

This year’s Competition Handbook also contains information about discounted Fair tickets available now through August 5, discount days at the Fair, and nightly arena events.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is August 6 – 10. For more information, visit  the webpage or call (530) 273-6217.

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