2018 Fair Slogan Announced

“Bushels of Fun” is the slogan for the 2018 Nevada County Fair. Congratulations to Mary Anne Davis of Grass Valley for submitting the winning entry. We received 150 entries in our slogan contest (with a theme of orchards), so a big thank you to all who entered. Here’s to “Bushels of Fun” at the Nevada County Fair, August 8 – 12, 2018.

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Gingerbread House Competition Results

Winners of the 15th Annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire are now posted on our website. The Best of Show award goes to Kathy Kinney of Penn Valley, and the People’s Choice award goes to Mary Sweet and Austin Ault of Rocklin. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all (there were 60 entries!) who entered the competition!

Gingerbread House, 2017 Best of Show winner, by Kathy Kinney

2017 Best of Show by Kathy Kinney.


2017 People's Choice Award, Gingerbread House

2017 People’s Choice by Mary Sweet and Austin Ault

Categories: Country Christmas Faire, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Congratulations to the Christmas Faire Best of Show Booth Display Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals for winning “Best of Show” for their booth display at the Country Christmas Faire. On Sunday, Diane Hawkeswood (our Country Christmas Faire extraordinaire) and Fairgrounds CEO Rea Callender visited the booths to present the ribbons to the winners, including (top left to bottom right) – Tina from Someware in Time (Main Street); Ann from Red Apron Toffee Co. (Sugar Pine); Jane from Jane’s Country Creations (Northern Mines), and Jennifer from Grandma’s Glass Boutique-Jennifer Duncan (Ponderosa Hall).  Thank you to all our vendors (more than 120 of them) for all their hard work in making the 2017 Country Christmas Faire a success!

Categories: Country Christmas Faire, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Roasting Chestnuts: Carrying on the Tradition (Thank You, Kathlene Snow)

In memory of her Dad, Dean Pitts, Kathlene Snow will be roasting chestnuts at this year’s Country Christmas Faire. For the past 10 years, Dean (picture here with Sharon, his wife of 64 years) roasted chestnuts at the bonfire at the Country Christmas Faire. When he passed away earlier this year, Kathlene decided to step in to continue the tradition. According to Kathlene, “the Country Christmas Faire was his event. He loved the people and the chance to volunteer. He became close friends with the firefighters who watched over the fire pit, and he loved visiting with the public. He never knew a stranger.  His shoes will be hard to fill, but I am thankful for the opportunity. It will be healing for us all.”  When visiting the Country Christmas Faire, be sure to stop by the community bonfire, try a roasted chestnut, and say hi to Kathlene (who will be wearing her Dad’s hat).

Categories: Country Christmas Faire, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Decorating Santa’s Village: Thank You, Tall Pines Nursery School

Today, these sweet kids from Tall Pines Nursery School decorated the trees in Santa’s Village at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Our little friends do an excellent job of preparing Santa’s Village for the Country Christmas Faire, which begins next Friday, November 24. Thank you to our little friends for their holiday spirit and joy!



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Thank You, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation!

At Tuesday night’s Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation meeting, the Foundation Board approved funds to begin several projects at the Fairgrounds, including adding more shade to Treat Street, painting the Northern Mines Building and Sugar Pine Lodge, adding new air conditioners to Ponderosa Hall, and adding a mobile ATM. We’ll keep you posted on these projects once work begins in 2018, but we really want to thank our Fairgrounds Foundation (and all the members and volunteers) for all their hard work in raising funds to keep our Fairgrounds beautiful. We so appreciate you all!
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