Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo

For all our rodeo, Bobby Kerr and equestrian fans – the Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo is happening at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on October 14-15 and 21-22. There is a bit of something for everyone – a rodeo, livestock show and horse show – and featuring Bobby Kerr and the Cal Crush Clydesdales. For a schedule and information, visit

For $6 off rodeo tickets (discount is good on Reserved Dress Circle Tickets), click on this link. Use promo code GFB2 to get the $6 off discount.



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2016 Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 – 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Mike Loveland Jr. of Albion, Michigan, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show.

Almost 50 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was David and Patsy Cunningham of Meadowlake Belgians, from Carlton, OR.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver for the third year in a row, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Mike Lorenzini, an honor bestowed upon him by the voting of his fellow teamsters. Lorenzini is from Lakeport, CA.  The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Abby Partridge of Partridge Percherons, Galt, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, King, is owned by Unhitched Ranch of Colton, CA, and shown by Scott Banga. King was also awarded the Supreme Champion Gelding. Channell, owned by Rockin RP Ranch of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Crystal Newborn was awarded the Supreme Champion Mare.

The Champion Matched Pair went to Rambo and Ike, shown by Lawrence McGibbon and owned by Carlaw Clydes of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 600 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Pamela Raschke of Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Terry Hobart of Grass Valley.

A complete list of 2016 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ website.

The 2017 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 21 – 24. Tickets will go on sale on May 1, 2017.

Meadowlake Belgians

Winner of the Ultimate Hitch Competition – Meadowlake Belgians, owned by David and Patsy Cunningham and based out of Carlton, OR – performs in the arena at the 2016 Draft Horse Classic.

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This Weekend: Grass Valley Old West Antique Show

This weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Witherell’s presents the Grass Valley Old West Antique Show! 

Every year excitement mounts as the annual Old West Antique Show draws closer. Witherell’s is proud to present this unique show that attracts billionaire collectors from all over the world. Visitors to the Old West Antique Show will discover one of the richest collections of antiques and artifacts that define the experience of the American West – from historic firearms to Native American baskets and jewelry, cowboy memorabilia, antique bottles and much more.

The event is happening on Friday, May 6 from 10 am to 5 pm; and on Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 2 pm. 

Tickets are available at the gate during show hours. More information can be found here.

Old West Show collage

Categories: Announcements and Events.

Movies Under the Pines

The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF), City of Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family,

Building on the success and excitement of the previous two summer’s screenings of family friendly films at both Pioneer Park in Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, NCFF has selected six films that both kids and parents will enjoy.

“Movies Under the Pines is one of those endearing and sweet community events that warm your heart.  We wanted this year’s films to reflect that feeling,” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director.  “It is so popular, we have people travel from all over to experience this movie magic in a beautiful outdoor setting,”

This year’s line up includes the cinematic masterpiece The Wizard of Oz, May 20th at the Fairgrounds; Wes Anderson’s endearing coming of age story Moonrise Kingdom, June 4 at Pioneer Park; the Pixar masterpiece Finding Nemo, June 10 at the Fairgrounds; the rousing time-travel adventure Back to the Future on July 8 at the Fairgrounds; Tim Burton’s comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy Edward Scissorhands July 9 at Pioneer Park; and finally concluding with everyone’s favorite The Goonies, August 27 at Pioneer Park.

The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the grass at each venue.   Before each screening NCFF curates a special pre-show that includes screening local filmmakers works, movie trivia with fun festival prizes, and other events specific to each screening.  Last year the Nevada County Fencing Club showed attendees how to fence prior to The Princess Bride and in honor of UP the festival decorated the park festively with multi-colored balloons.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking, films begin at Sunset, which depending on the time of year can be between 8 and 8:30pm.  Tickets $7/General Admission, $5/Children 12 & Under.  Tickets can be purchased online at and will also be available at the gate of each location.

Movies Under the Pines (2016)

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Penn Valley Rodeo

Looking for some good old fashioned rodeo fun? Check out the 59th Annual Penn Valley Rodeo, happening May 20 and 21, and the 4th Annual Playday on May 22. There’s a rodeo parade, live music and dancing, dinner, and, of course, the rodeo.

All this fun takes place at the Penn Valley Rodeo Grounds at 10513 Spenceville Road (behind the Firehouse) in Penn Valley.

Tickets are on sale now. For details, visit here.



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Summer Hours at the Fairgrounds

Effective immediately, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will return to its summer hours. This change in hours means that the Fairgrounds’ inner-grounds and gates will be open during the week and on the weekends from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  The public restrooms will also be closed each day at 4:30 pm.

The summer hours only apply to the inner-grounds and gate closures; it does not affect the Fairgrounds’ Administration 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 during its normal business hours – 9 am to noon and 1 to 6 pm – and the gates and inner-grounds will remain open for any events that are taking place on the grounds during the summer months.

Happy walking and cycling!


Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Dates and Forms for Market Animals

Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2016 Fair

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 8th.  The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals including Turkeys is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th.

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fairground’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 21st.  The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 8th.  Goat, lamb, hog and turkey exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 23rd.  The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep, swine and turkey registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above by completing an entry form and paying the entry fees.  Entry forms and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors, the Fair Administration Office and here:

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 21
Deadline: April 8 at 4 pm
FFA Registration Instructions and Entry Form
4-H/Grange Registration Instructions and Entry Form
Code of Ethics

Market Goat, Lambs, Swine and Turkeys
Registration opens: May 23
Deadline: June 10 at 4 pm
Registration instructions will be available early May.

Ag Mechanics, Ag Mechanics Auction, Market Eggs, Broiler and Rabbit Meat Pens
Registration opens: June 1
Deadline: July 11, 4:00 pm
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.

All Other Livestock
Entry forms due by: Friday, July 22 at 4 pm
No extensions will be made.
Rules and details available in the Competition Handbook, available online and at the Fair Office, beginning June 1.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2016 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2016 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

• An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or

• An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or

• An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 14th.  A family may choose to register a second animal of the same species to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2016 “Kick It Up” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 10th through 14th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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Cioppino Feed Tickets – Get Your Tickets!

Have you got your tickets to this year’s All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino Feed on March 5? The Foothill Lions Club always does an excellent job of preparing this feast for us! To purchase tickets, stop by the Fair Office, call us at 273-6217, or download the order form. Yum-O!

Foothill Lions Club at the Cioppino Feed (2011)

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