Fair Family of the Year – Don & Anita Daniels

Don and Anita Daniels have been named the 2014 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Daniels Family for their long time commitment, participation, and volunteer efforts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more than 50 years, Don and Anita have been actively involved in the Nevada County Fair. Don has been involved in the Fair since 1951, when he participated in his first horse show at Lions Lake. He was a charter Nevada Union FFA member, has roped calves and steers at the Fairs rodeos, and judged horse shows. Additionally, he has played in several bands at the Fair, served as a local 4H Beef Leader, and volunteered at work days at the Fairgrounds.

Throughout the years, he and Anita have also volunteered in numerous booths on Treat Street.

Anita has been participating in the Fair since 1955, when she joined 4H and entered club projects in canning, baking, sewing, horses and hogs. She participated in the 4H Dress Revue, continued to enter exhibits in the Fair, and even won a blue ribbon for her marmalade. She has assisted at the Junior Livestock Auction, worked in the Bingo booth, and assisted with the Idol Competition. Most recently, as President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, she initiated the first Rotary at Work Clean-Up Day at the Fairgrounds, which involved all five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs, and created the largest one-day community service project conducted in the county.

“The Fair is so important to us because it brings everyone together for good, family fun,” says Anita. “It teaches our young people the rewards of hard work, and it truly promotes pride in our community.”

Don and Anita, who have been married for 51 years, have two children, Brian and Kris, and six grandchildren. As children, both Brian and Kris were involved in the Fair as 4H exhibitors. Brian made his debut in 1967, when, at 13 months old, he enjoyed his first experience at the Fair, and made the front page of The Union eating pizza at the Fair. Kris – who won first place in a pie eating contest against kids and adults at the Fair when she was 7 – was selected as the Nevada County Fair Queen in 1988, won the first Gold Country Idol Contest, and went on to win the Western States Fair Idol competition. Today, she regularly sings the National Anthem for the opening of the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic.

While the Daniels have many fond memories at the Fair, their favorite memories are when both their kids were showing their steers with 4H at the Fair. Says Don, “We had so much fun with the other families. We definitely miss that!”

Don, who is retired from the California Highway Patrol, is the Chairman of the Board for Nevada County Horsemen, and a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley. Anita, who has been in the banking industry since 1962, is the Vice President and Branch Manager at Tri Counties Bank in Grass Valley. She is a board member of Western Sierra Medical Clinic, a board member of Rotary Club of Grass Valley, a board member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and treasurer of Nevada County Horsemen. She is a former board member of the Sierra College Coordinating Council, the Grass Valley Downtown Association, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.

“Don and Anita are truly avid supporters of the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “Having grown up in Nevada County, their involvement with the Fair goes back to childhood – and their dedication to the Fairgrounds continues! Through Anita’s inspiration of Rotary at Work Day at the Fairgrounds, both she and Don have painted barns, raked pine needles and pitched in to help make the Fair California’s Most Beautiful. The Daniels’ passion and dedication to the Fair makes them the perfect candidate for the 2014 Family of the Year.”

Upon being named the Family of the Year, Anita says, “we are humbled by this honor. So many families deserve this award. We are just one of the many families who love our Fairgrounds and the opportunities it offers to all those in our community.”

The Daniels Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremonies. They will receive a Fair package, as well as a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

Family of the Year recipients, Don and Anita Daniels, with their children and grandchildren.                           Photo credit: Shaffers Originals.

Family of the Year recipients, Don and Anita Daniels, with their children and grandchildren. Photo credit: Shaffers Originals.





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Collected at Community Involvement Day

On Monday at the Fairgrounds, the Nevada County Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Story Club of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, and Nevada County 211 (in partnership with PARTNERS Family Resource Center), to offer Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to these non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair. As a result of this day, 93 blood donors were registered and 83 pints of life saving blood were collected, more than 350 books were collected, 1,600 pounds of food (enough to feed 40 families of 4 for one week) were donated, enough school supplies were received to provide for 40 families, and 225 prescription eye glasses and three hearing aids were donated. Thank you to the non-profit organizations that participated, all the volunteers who gave of their time, all those who donated, and to Grocery Outlet for sponsoring Community Involvement Day.

Nicely done, Nevada County, nicely done!

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Discounted Fair Tickets and Extended Hours

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online.

Buy your admission tickets before August 5 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $6. Or, purchase a “Be a Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23; or a carnival ride booklet of 30 coupons for $20.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s Destruction Derby, hosted by Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs! Tickets are now on sale for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night; Monster Trucks and Stock and Modified Tuff Trucks on Friday night; Monster Trucks and Stock Tuff Trucks on Saturday night; and Rotary’s Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them on-line , or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road by Tuesday, August 5, at 5 pm. Or you can call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 4 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will also be open on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 5, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, and free to children under the age of 5.

Photo by Kelly Undercoffer

Photo by Kelly Undercoffer

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Thank You, Grocery Outlet

A huge thank you to Grocery Outlet for sponsoring Monday’s Community Involvement Day. The Nevada County Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Nevada County 2-1-1, and Story Club to accept donations for these worthwhile non-profit organizations in exchange for Fair admission tickets. We’ll post totals as soon as we receive them; however, what an amazing community day!

Thank you to Grocery Outlet, our community, the volunteers, and the non-profit organizations for making this event such a success!

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2014 Hall of Fame Recipients

Bill Schultz, Rose Thompson, and William Wetherall, have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the individuals for their long-time support and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

Bill Schultz, who passed away in 2013, was a long-time resident of Nevada County and had a tremendous love for the Fair. Decades ago, Bill was the Livestock Superintendent; and, most recently, 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.

In addition to Bill’s involvement in the Fair, he was extremely active in the community. He served 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’s dedication and passion for the Fair was energizing,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fair. “He was a bright, insightful person with a lively style characterized by a tell-it-like-it-is honesty. Bill’s dedication to Nevada County and the Nevada County Fair is admired, and he is greatly missed.”

William Wetherall served on the Fair’s Board of Directors for approximately 15 years, commencing in May 1962. In addition to his work with the Fair, William was the Dean of the Nevada County Bar, and he practiced law until his late 80’s. William passed away in 2013 at the age of 102.

His friend, Bradford Ellsworth, who recommended William in a letter to the Fair Board, said, “…for 15 years, he provided invaluable advice and guidance to the officers, directors, and management of the Nevada County Fair. I admired and respected William as much as any person I’ve ever met. He is deserving of recognition for the person he was and for his contributions to the Nevada County Fair.”

Rose Thompson has been an active participate at the Fair for the past 44 years, where she has been exhibitor, an employee, and a volunteer. Prior to moving to Grass Valley 44 years ago, Rose had never been to a Fair; however, upon her first year in Grass Valley, she volunteered to set up a display at the Fair, got “hooked on the Fair,” and has been at every Fair since!

For many years, Rose was in charge of setting up all of the exhibit buildings. With her Dad by her side, she would spend the summer preparing all of the buildings for the Fair exhibits. She also worked as a receptionist in the front office. In recent years, Rose has assisted with the Fiber and Textile exhibit, the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic, and the Gingerbread House competition at the Country Christmas Faire.

While volunteering at the Fair, Rose also worked for the Nevada County School District for 22 years, where she worked as a teacher’s aide and as an administration assistant to the Superintendent. She’s also been a member of the Pioneer Arts Club for more than 20 years, and also works with the Quilt Guild.

Rose explains that she was “stunned and overwhelmed” by her nomination into the Hall of Fame. She said it’s the people who have made her experience at the Fair so memorable and keep her coming back. “The people here truly are my family – my Fair family – and I love them all.”

“Rose is highly gifted artistically and with that talent she would create beautiful exhibit settings,” said Woods. “Although Rose is retiring this year from working at the Fair, she continues to have a deep devotion and love for the Fair – and her artistic talent can still be found in the buildings. It is an honor to induct her into the Fair’s Hall of Fame.”

Schultz, Wetherall, and Thompson will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, August 6. The honorees will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

Bill Schultz - 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient

Bill Schultz – 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient

William Wetherall - 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient

William Wetherall – 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient


Rose Thompson - 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient.  Photo credit: Shaffers Originals

Rose Thompson – 2014 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame Recipient.
Photo credit: Shaffers Originals

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Yo-Yo Contest

New at this year’s Nevada County Fair, it’s the Gold Country Yo-Yo Contest! Have you got what it takes to compete? Bring your favorite yo-yo and your best tricks and try your hand at a chance for fun prizes, including products from One Drop Yo-Yo’s, YoYo Factory and Mountain Pastimes. Or just come by and check out the action and the yo-yo’s!

Contest will consist of Division 1 A (Single A) – Single yo-yo only; 1 minute freestyle performance for each contestant.

It’s all happening Saturday, August 9, at 4 pm in the Special Events Tent. Registration and signed waiver required. Click here to download & complete.

Looking for other special contests? Check these out!

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Marigolds on Gold Path

Check out Gold Path at the Nevada County Fairgrounds!   This year’s Gold Path looks a little different because we planted 3 varieties of Marigolds instead of using our long-time favorite “hybrid,” Gold Galore, which is no longer available.  It’s still so beautiful and still Gold Path!  

While visiting the Fairgrounds, if you have a favorite of the three varieties, take a picture and post it on Instagram at #ncfgoldpath.  Enjoy beautiful Gold Path! Gold Path (2)

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Facebook Winners

We love that many of our Fair guests are close by, but that we also have many travelling great distances to reach our beautiful county Fair. Congratulations to the following individuals for posting a comment on our Facebook contest and winning a free admission ticket to the Nevada County Fair – Kimberly Rose, Breanna Deschaine, Suzie Llach-Anaya, Taitha Lynn Killion, John Tinloy, Peter Werner, Liz Coray, Debbie Campbell, Amy Ellsworth, and Nicole Friedrich. Send us a message on Facebook, and we’ll send you details about your ticket. See you at the Fair!

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From Where Will You Be Travelling?

Meet Steve and Holger. For the past 10 years, they’ve been travelling from Germany to visit the Nevada County Fair (they love Mogollon!), and they’ll be joining us again this year. Leave us a note on our Facebook page and let us know where you’ll be travelling from to attend this year’s Fair, and we’ll randomly choose a few names for a free admission ticket. Near or far, we welcome you!

Holger and Steve