This Weekend: Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show

The Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show is happening on Saturday and Sunday (September 2 and 3) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This is a full AKC Dog Show, featuring almost all breeds. There are also more than 40 vendors for shopping and lots of food vendors for treats. A complete show schedule will be published in The Union on Friday, or visit
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Enter an Exhibit in the Harvest Fair

Gardeners, crafters, bakers and artists – how about entering an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic? The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, September 15. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details can be found here
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Sisters Win Large Animal Master Showmanship at Nevada County Fair

So many fun stories from the 2017 Fair! In the livestock area, sisters Maddie and Rylee Prechter both won Large Animal Master Showmanship. Maddie, 17, who attends Bear River High School and is part of the FFA program, won the FFA Large Animal Master Showmanship. Maddie also had the Reserve Champion for her ewe and her Angus heifer. Rylee, 14, who graduated from Magnolia and is now attending Bear River, won the 4-H Large Animal Master Showmanship. She also had the Supreme Champion steer. Both girls have been competing at the Nevada County Fair since they were five years old; and, according to their Mom, Michelle, “they are an amazing team, work great together and always help each other reach their goals.” Congratulations, Maddie and Rylee!
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Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department: 4 Tons of Potatoes

Here’s a fun Fair fact for you. At the 2017 Nevada County Fair, the Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department’s baked potato booth sold almost 4 tons of baked potatoes! Now that’s a lot of potatoes! If you missed getting some of this deliciousness during the Fair, they’ll be selling baked potatoes at this year’s Draft Horse Classic.

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Congratulations to All Our Fair Exhibitor Winners

Congratulations to all our Fair exhibitors.  The 2017 Nevada County Fair had more than 7,100 exhibit entries, and below is a list of livestock and still exhibit winners by category, or they can be found here.

 Livestock Winners

 Still Exhibit Winners

 Director’s Award Winners

Thank you to all those who entered exhibits in the Fair, and for allowing us to showcase your talent, passion, and creativity at the Fair. What a talented community we serve!

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Workamper Needed for RV Park

Spend time at California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds – the Nevada County Fairgrounds – nestled in the Gold Country and surrounded by the historical mining towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. Full hook up site with propane and Wi-fi provided in exchange for 25 hours/week. Minimum three month commitment. Duties include assisting the camp host and campers, janitorial, light grounds keeping, and pumping propane. Details can be found here.

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Nevada County Fair Schedules Livestock Meeting

Nevada County Fair officials have scheduled a livestock meeting for Tuesday, September 5, to review the 2017 Fair’s livestock exhibits and to plan for the 2018 Fair.

The meeting will be held at 6 pm in Sugar Pine Lodge at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (Gate 1) on McCourtney Road. FFA advisors, 4-H leaders, Grange leaders, exhibitors and others interested in the Nevada County Fair livestock exhibits are invited to participate. While no specific timing is assigned to each species, the critique order is small animals, goats, beef, sheep and swine.

The livestock meeting is set each year following the Fair so that those involved in the Fair’s livestock exhibits can review and discuss what worked, as well as recommend improvements for the following year.

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Sierra Brewfest: Saturday, August 26

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday (August 26)? How about the Sierra Brewfest at the Nevada County Fairgrounds! Sample more than 50 hand-crafted beers at this unlimited microbrew tasting experience. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and restaurants, enter the Bagg-O tournament to win prizes, and enjoy musical entertainment. The Sierra Brewfest is a benefit for Music in the Mountains. Tickets can be purchased at BriarPatch, SPD markets, online at, or at the gate. Photos by Music in the Mountains.
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Another Example of Community Support for Youth in Agriculture

Another example of our community supporting youth in agriculture. Check out these beautiful projects made by local high school students and purchased from the Ag Mechanics Auction. Thank you, Riebes Auto Parts, for your ongoing support of the Nevada County Fair and the youth of our county! Welcome sign by Chana Ferguson, cross in window by Amanda Perry, piano bar by Kalie Bisagno, and transmission table by Christoph Paul.
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