Foothill Lions, Peterson Family Receive 2015 Blue Ribbon Award

The Foothill Lions Club, as well as Bob and Debbe Peterson, have been named the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award recipients by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the fair industry, to recognize those who support their local Fair and continuously contribute to the quality of the Fair. The Foothill Lions Club is recognized for its ongoing support of the Fairgrounds, and for their partnership with the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation in producing the annual Cioppino Feed. The Petersons, owners of Lazy Dog Confections, are recognized for their devotion to the Fair and for fostering positive community relations.

Since its inception as a club, the Foothill Lions Club has been an avid supporter of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. They have always focused on fundraisers for the Fairgrounds, as evidenced by the spaghetti feed fundraiser to the annual Cioppino Feed to benefit the Fairgrounds Foundation. The Cioppino Feed, which was inspired by the Foothill Lions Club founder, Arnie Romanello, has grown into a partnership project between the Club and the Fairgrounds Foundation. The majority of the Club members devote their energy in the kitchen, creating delicious Cioppino. It’s through their volunteerism that tens of thousands of dollars have been raised by the Foundation to support the Nevada County Fair. The Foothill Lions Club also runs the arena beer booth during the Fair and Draft Horse Classic.

“The Foothill Lions Club feels honored and privileged to receive the Blue Ribbon Award from the Nevada County Fairgrounds,” said Jack Kuhwarth, President of the Foothill Lions Club. “Our club feels that the Nevada County Fairgrounds is an integral part of the community that brings all factions of our society together in its various events. We thank them for this honor.”

Bob and Debbe Peterson, creators and owners of Lazy Dog Ice Cream, have been quality purveyors on the Nevada County Fairgrounds and within our community for many years, providing exceptionally delicious ice cream throughout the summer during large outdoor events at the Fairgrounds. Patrons regularly gravitate to the lovely pink Lazy Dog stands, seeking delicious ice cream treats. The Petersons also serve their ice cream during the annual Fair and the Draft Horse Classic; and, during the Country Christmas Faire, they create a festive holiday gift booth filled with delicious candies and chocolates.

The Petersons, who were “absolutely stunned” to receive the Blue Ribbon award, have been making ice cream bars and candy since 1982, and at the Fair for 28 years.

“Over the years it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Petersons,” said former Fair CEO Sandy Woods. “Their energy has been boundless, and I am thrilled that they are being honored for their marvelous spirit, their love for the Fairgrounds, and for their impressive business venture, Lazy Dog Ice Cream.”

Members of the Foothill Lions Club and Bob and Debbe Peterson were recently recognized in private presentations.

Debbe and Bob Peterson accept their award at a surprise presentation.

Debbe and Bob Peterson (Blue Ribbon)

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Community Involvement Day Results

One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Story Club, NEO, Nevada County 2-1-1 (in partnership with PARTNERS Family Resource Center), and Sierra Harvest, 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, 107 blood donors were registered and 88 pints of life saving blood were collected, more than 700 books were collected (and 100 were given away), garden tools and supplies were collected, 1,800 pounds of food (enough to feed 45 families of 4 for one week) were donated, hundreds of dollars in school supplies were received, more than $600 worth of crafts were donated to NEO, and 343 prescription eye glasses and seven hearing aids were donated.

Way to go, Nevada County!

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How Long Have You Been Attending the Fair?

We love that so many families and friends return to the Fair year after year! How long have you been attending the Nevada County Fair? Or, is this your first year? Post a comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll randomly choose a few winners to receive a free admission ticket.

Family time at the Fair (2014)

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Hall of Fame: John and Teresia Renwick

John and Teresia Renwick have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Renwicks for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

John and Teresia have had a long history with the Nevada County Fair, beginning in 1995, when their children, Chrissy and Brandon, were active exhibitors as members of Meadowlarks 4H Club. Both John and Teresia were leaders in Meadowlarks, and contributed many hours to the Fair. John volunteered his expertise and labor on numerous livestock projects, and he also contributed to major renovations on the Meadowlark’s pasties booth.

Teresia’s poultry passion and expertise has supported the poultry exhibit for many years – from being the Poultry Superintendent to currently serving as the Fair’s poultry health inspector. For many years, Teresia was the producer of the Happy Valley Youth Rabbit and Poultry Show and donated the proceeds from the show to purchase equipment for the small animal exhibit and to help make improvements to the Fair’s small animal exhibit.

The Renwicks have been buyers at both the Junior Livestock Auction and the Ag Mechanics Auction for decades. John has actively participated at the Junior Livestock Auction as a ring man; and, each year, the Renwicks host and prepare a special barbecue for the Ag Mechanics buyers during the Fair. Their company, RE/MAX Performance Real Estate, sponsors numerous youth awards, as well as the setting up of the video monitor during the auction.

In addition to being supporters of the Fair, the Renwicks are avid supporters of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. Teresia serves as the Secretary of the Board, and is the Chair of the Cioppino Feed. At the annual Cioppino Feed, John volunteers his auctioneer talent and has helped raise thousands of dollars at the event’s auctions to benefit the Foundation.

“We love the small town feel of our Fair and the beautiful surroundings,” said Teresia. “We also love that when Fair time rolls around it’s like an annual family reunion.”

When asked about their favorite memory of the Fair, both John and Teresia agree that it was camping on the hill during the Fair with their kids and being woken every morning by the pigs getting their morning bath.

John and Teresia, who were named the 2002 Fair Family of the Year, have been married for 28 years. They have two children, Chrissy, 27; and Brandon, 23. In 2013, they purchased the RE/MAX franchise for Nevada County and are busy growing the company.  They are also active in numerous other community organizations, including the Greater GV Chamber of Commerce, the South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Animal Save, Nevada County 4-H, Bear River and Nevada Union FFA, and Interfaith Food Ministry. Additionally, John donates his auctioneering services to local non-profit organizations.

“This is such a huge surprise for us to be chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame,” said Teresia. “We never expected such an honor. We participate because it is so much fun to help and be a part of such a great organization.”

“The Renwicks are a remarkable family, with great enthusiasm and dedication to the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, retired CEO of the Nevada County Fair. “Their ongoing passion and commitment to the Fair have benefitted many, and have greatly contributed to the success of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This is a well-deserved honor for the Renwick family.”

The Renwicks will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, August 12.

Photo by Shaffers Originals

John and Teresia Renwick (2015)

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