Fairgrounds Begins Winter Hours, Effective November 2

Effective November 2, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its winter hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be locked at 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on weekends.   The inner-grounds and gates will remain open during the week to walkers and bicyclists, but all must be off the grounds before the gates lock at 4:30 pm.

The winter hours only affect the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.  Additionally, the RV Park at the Fairgrounds will remain open, and the gates and inner-grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds during the winter months.

The Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours beginning May 1.

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Enter the Theme Contest and Win!

Do you have a theme idea that you think would be perfect for the 2016 Nevada County Fair? Submit your ideas here, and if we choose your theme, you will win a 2016 Nevada County Fair package that includes admission tickets, parking and ride coupons.

Photo by @wolfmamma2.

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Foundation’s First Speaker Series Features Jack Parnell

“The word “can’t” can’t do anything,” said Jack Parnell, former United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, to a group of local high school students on Thursday night. “But the word “can” can do anything it wants to do; so fill your mind with the word “can” and believe that you can do whatever you choose to dream.”

Parnell recently addressed FFA students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as the first speaker in the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.

The series, hosted by the Fairgrounds Foundation and sponsored by Sandy Ballou and California Outdoor Properties, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

“It was an honor to introduce Jack at the first Fair Foundation Speaker Series,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “Jack gave one of the most inspirational – and from the heart – talks that I’ve heard. He truly addressed why we started this series – to give high school students real life advice from real-life professionals, and to provide tips on how to build and succeed in a career.” This is Callender’s fourth speaker series he’s started throughout his career.

In addition to serving as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Parnell – who served during the George H.W. Bush administration from 1989 until 1991 – also served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1987 to 1989, as Director of the California Department of Fish and Game from 1984 to 1987, and as Deputy Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1983 to 1984.

Before working for the Californian government, Parnell was the owner and publisher of California Cattleman Magazine and the founder and chairman of the Auburn Bank of Commerce. He built and operated the Headquarters House Restaurant, the Headquarters House Country Meat Shop, the Angus Hills Golf Course, and Parnell Ranch.

Locally, Parnell is a founder of the Draft Horse Classic, now in its 30th year at the Fairgrounds, and has long been a supporter of youth in agriculture at the Nevada County Fair. He served as the auctioneer at the Junior Livestock Auction for many years, and in continuing that tradition, his son, Randy, and his grandson, Luke, continue to serve as the auctioneers each year at the Fair.

Parnell shared his experiences and life stories with the students, and shared advice on steps he took to succeed. From a teacher early on who believed in him, to stories of success (and failures), Parnell’s main messages was to never give up on yourself, to always believe in yourself, work hard, and to dig deep when it gets tough. To use one of his favorite quotes of the night: “If you believe it, you can see it.”

In sharing his advice with the students, Parnell said, “Each morning, you wake up with a blank white sheet of paper in your mind. You can either scribble on it, wad it up and throw it away, or fill it with new goals and aspirations. Every day is a new day, so treat every day as if it’s important. Pay attention to what you are thinking about yourself, keep your thoughts positive, and pay attention to what comes out of your mouth.”

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series will feature six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Invited students will have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how they achieved their goals, insight regarding their area of expertise, and plenty of opportunities for questions.

Upcoming speakers include Dan Castles, CEO of Telestream; and John Paye, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers.

Speaker Series (group photo)

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Thursday Night: Paint the Town Pink 2015

Paint the Town Pink 2015 is tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Fairgrounds! This event is both a celebration to honor the women of Nevada County, while also taking a few moments to acknowledge those who are fighting breast cancer, and to honor loved ones we have lost. This event has become a popular, one-of-a-kind event where women of all ages come together to enjoy a fun night and support a great cause! Food and wine sampling, entertainment (featuring some of our SNMH Doctors!), fundraising team recognition, a vendor expo and a fantastic silent auction – all help bring us together to support our local healthcare community. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit here for details.

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Draft Horse Classic Photos Now Available

Looking for photos from the Draft Horse Classic? Our official photographer, David Wong, will be setting up a new site, where highlights of the event will be posted. You can either order the Best of DHC 2015 disc for $85; or, if you are looking or a specific class, driver, or team, contact him directly at dw@photographybydavidwong.com for pricing and options.
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Winterfaire Craft Show (Local Crafters and Early Christmas Shopping)

The Winterfaire Craft Show is happening this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Such a fun event – and a great opportunity to meet local crafters and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Plus, if you bring a can of food, you get $1 off admission. Details here. Birdhouse by artist Dan Davis.

Bird House by Dan Davis (Winterfaire Craft Show)

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