WFA Blue Ribbon Award: Roger Ingram

What fun it was to surprise Roger Ingram at Nevada County Resource Conservation District’s dinner tonight with the news that he has been selected by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors as this year’s recipient of the Western Fair Association’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Award. The award was created to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. We’ll be sharing more about Roger and the many reasons he’s receiving this award; but right now we just want to say congratulations, Roger!

Blue Ribbon - Roger Ingram

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Youth in Agriculture Working Hard for this Year’s Fair

While the Fair is still months away, Nevada County’s youth in agriculture work tirelessly all year in order to show animals at the Fair.  Here’s to all the hard working students out there preparing for this year’s Fair. We love to see the barns full of livestock!

Agriculture students (2016 Fair)

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series Features Anita Oberbauer

Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, spent Wednesday evening with local students from Bear River and Nevada Union high schools as a guest speaker of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Speaker Series.  The series, now in its second season, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Oberbauer shared stories from her “long and winding road” that led to her career path. Words of advice included to stretch yourself and be daring (but be safe and wear protective armor); always seek balance and goals (don’t be afraid to ask for things, but also be willing to give); and never be afraid to recalculate (a career path isn’t always straight, so recalculate as necessary).  She also shared a quote from Louis Pasteur – “Chance favors the prepared mind; and opportunity favors the bold” – and encouraged students to be bold in their choices.

Oberbauer joined the UC Davis faculty in 1989, and was appointed as the Chair of the Department of Animal Science in 2009.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, and her Ph.D. in Animal Physiology at Cornell University. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships in Perinatal Biology at Loma Linda University and Biological Chemistry at University of California, Los Angeles. She was honored in 2002 with a prestigious UC Davis Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as the American Society of Animal Science Corbin Award in Companion Animal Biology (2004), the Distinguished Teacher Award for the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science (2006), and the Outstanding Mentor Award from the UC Davis Consortium for Women & Research (2011).  

The second season of the Speaker Series features six speakers, one each month, and will run through April.  Upcoming speakers include Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California; and Julie Baker, Executive Director of Center for the Arts.  

About the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s Fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For information, visit here.

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer (February 2016)

Speaker Series - Anita Oberbauer

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed: Tickets on Sale Now

Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its seventh annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 4 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm.

For the event, the chefs will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 100-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino and pasta, salad and garlic bread.  A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.

Tickets are $40 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $400 and includes two bottles of wine.   Tickets are available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds, calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217, or downloading an order form here.  

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture. For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit here.

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

Thank You to Our Community!

We started the week as an evacuation center for 900+ evacuees and 70+ animals. Today, we begin the clean up and pack up. A huge thank you to our community for stepping up and helping those in need – Nevada County’s Office of Emergency Services, Salvation Army, Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team, Red Cross, our local law enforcement, the hundreds of volunteers who spent hours out here, and the many, many businesses and non-profits who donated food, services, and supplies. It takes a team – and what a team you are!

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Evacuation Update (3:00 pm on February 15)

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is now closed as an evacuation center.  Evacuees and animals have returned home and Office of Emergency Services has arranged for buses for those lacking transportation.  For those seeking an evacuation center, the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico will remain open.  The donation center at the Fairgrounds is closed, and donations are no longer needed.

Thank you, Nevada County, for stepping up and helping the evacuees and their pets. So many people to thank, and we wish we could list everyone who made this possible, but just know your kindness and generosity are so appreciated.

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.