Nevada County Fair Board Postpones 2020 Fair Decision

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2020

Contact: Patrick Eidman, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; 

NEVADA COUNTY FAIR BOARD POSTPONES 2020 FAIR DECISION

At the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting Tuesday evening, the decision regarding the status of the 2020 Nevada County Fair was postponed.

The decision comes in light of Governor Newsom’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that California is moving rapidly into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

The delay will allow Fairgrounds staff and the Board to conduct fact finding, communicate with State and local public health officials and review any updated guidance regarding mass gatherings.

“We recognize that the Nevada County Fair is a treasured local event and that the cancellation would have an enormous impact on the community,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association.  “Given that, and in light of the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, we need to make a decision based on the most current information available.”

The 2020 Nevada County Fair decision will be considered at the next Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

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Fairgrounds Board Cancels Poultry Show at 2020 Nevada County Fair

Due to the continued presence of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel live poultry exhibits and the poultry and market egg show at the 2020 Nevada County Fair.

The decision was made after Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), recommended cancelling poultry shows and poultry exhibits in California out of an abundance of caution until the regional quarantine in Southern California is lifted. The recommendation comes after a recent flareup of disease in the Southern California regional quarantine area, and the risk it poses to Fairs and poultry shows throughout the state.

Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of birds, including chickens, that spreads quickly and is almost always deadly to poultry. Virus particles can spread by direct contact between birds, and people can spread the disease by moving infected birds, moving equipment and feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas. The only way to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease is to euthanize infected birds, and all birds within highly infected areas.

The Nevada County Fair joins numerous other fairs and poultry organizations in California to cancel shows following the recommendation from the State Veterinarian.

“This decision was not made lightly, and we are all disappointed to have another Fair without live poultry exhibits,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We can only hope that with most other Fairs following the same recommendation and CDFA’s proactive work in Southern California, that the restrictions will be lifted in time to have poultry return to the 2021 Nevada County Fair.”

To ensure that youth exhibitors in the poultry barn have opportunities to participate in the Fair, there will be various classes within the Youth Poultry Department, including a poultry poster contest and educational poultry booth displays.

Other livestock events and exhibits are expected to proceed as usual at the Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. For information about the Fair, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Treat Street Booth Available

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has a vacant Treat Street booth and is seeking a local nonprofit group to operate the booth at the 2020 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. This is a unique fundraising opportunity for a local organization and a fun way to be part of Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair!

The booth is located on “South Treat Street,” near Gate 5, between the popular NEO and SEED booths. Applicants may choose the food or beverage of their choice to serve from the booth, but proposed menu items must not conflict with existing concessions and must appeal to Fairgoers. In addition to preparing the food, the group must provide necessary equipment for the booth and staffing from 10 am – 11 pm during the five days of the Fair. Menu items for the booth will be pre-approved by Fair Management.

The Nevada County Fair’s Treat Street consists of community nonprofit service organizations. Last year, food and beverage concessions generated more than $1 million in sales at the Fair.

The application with additional information is available here. Interested nonprofit organizations must complete the application by March 20, 2020. For questions or to schedule a tour of the booth, contact Amy at 273-6217 or email .

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Nevada County Fair Wins in WFA’s Annual Achievement Awards Program

We’re proud to announce that the Nevada County Fair took home 16 awards last week from the annual Western Fairs Association‘s Annual Achievement Awards program. Some of those awards included awards for our collaboration with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (Search for the Sheriff Star), the T-Rex Races at the Destruction Derby (another partnership with local law enforcement), our Fun Fair Camp, Family Farm (a partnership with the Nevada County Farm Bureau Foundation), our “Farms, Food & Fun!” theme development, the yard games in Magic Forest, and two of our photos. A huge thank you to our community and businesses for their continued support and partnerships with the Fairgrounds. Without you, none of these awards would be possible!

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Inspiring Collaboration: Search for the Sheriff Star

We’ve been busy this week at the Western Fairs Association‘s convention learning about the industry’s best practices, and today we did a presentation on an inspiring collaboration between the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office and the Fair. The program, called the Search for the Sheriff Star, won a first place award in WFA’s Achievement Awards program (congratulations, Sheriff’s Office)! We’re so thankful for our community partnerships, and always proud to represent our community!

 

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Site Updates.

FREE Jam and Jelly Workshop!

A FREE Jam & Jelly Workshop for Youth in Nevada County is being offered by UCCE Master Food Preservers. Kids 5 to 18 years of age are invited to sign up to make their own low sugar jelly and enter it into the Nevada County Fair. All ingredients and supplies are provided. Kids will take home several jars of jelly that they make, and the Nevada County Fair entry forms will be completed at the workshop. Sign up for one 45-minute session and then enter the jelly in Fair! For registration and information, visit here. Fun! 

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Enter the Theme Contest for the 2020 Fair

The 2020 Fair theme is all about local traditions, and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2020 Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan for the Fair that features a local tradition? If so, submit your ideas at NevadaCountyFair.com and you could win a 2020 Fair package. Photo by Lenka Vodicka.

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