Simi Lyss Inducted into Nevada County Fairgrounds Hall of Fame

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 6, 2020

Contact: Wendy Oaks, Deputy Manager, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; WendyO@NevadaCountyFair.com

SIMI LYSS INDUCTED INTO NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS HALL OF FAME

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors recently inducted Dr. Simi Lyss into the Nevada County Fairgrounds Hall of Fame. The Board recognized Lyss as the 2020 Hall of Fame inductee for his longtime service and commitment to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Simi first became involved with the Fairgrounds as a volunteer with the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum Club, where he assisted the group in renovating their displays and expanding their youth outreach program. During that time, he began attending Fairgrounds Board meetings and was ultimately appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors.  He went on to serve on the Board for 14 years, where he worked tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, which continues to serve a vital role in supporting and improving the health and beauty of the Fairgrounds and fostering projects that develop local youth in agriculture. As a nature supporter, he also initiated and funded the tree reforestation program at the Fairgrounds.

“Simi’s commitment to serve the Fairgrounds and the community has proven to be valuable and noteworthy,” said Jeanette Royal, president of the Fairgrounds Board of Directors. “His extensive executive experience and financial background have greatly benefitted the Board, and we are so thankful for his years of selfless commitment and professionalism.”

Simi is a Board-certified dermatologist who retired from active practice in 1999.  Working roles included Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Health Partners of the Southeast; Regional Medical Director of Kaiser Permanente, Northeast Region; Chief of Staff of Kaiser Foundation Hospital; and Physician-in-Chief of The Permanente Medical Group in Walnut Creek, CA. Following retirement, Simi served as the Interim Chief Medical Officer of the Western Medical Clinic, as well as President of the Kellermann Foundation.

He graduated with a Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco and is American Board of Dermatology certified. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; and he is a graduate of the School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University.  Simi is a 1953 graduate of Nevada Union High School.  He is married to wife Cookie, and together they have three children and two grandchildren.

As for the Fairgrounds, Simi says “I have so many fond memories at the Fairgrounds –from operating the push truck with my son, Rob, at the weekly races, visiting the carnival area during high school, and even helping a friend show a steer. But, by far, my fondest memories are of the people – some of whom have become my dearest friends – I’ve met along the way.”

Of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, “I was totally surprised and am honored,” said Simi. “I believe the Nevada County Fairgrounds is a community treasure. There is no other place like the Fairgrounds that serves as such a valuable resource while also bringing the community together to laugh and celebrate, and I’m so proud to be part of their story.”

Simi was inducted into the Hall of Fame via Zoom at a September Board of Director’s meeting, with several friends and family in attendance to express their congratulations and appreciation for Simi.  He received a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

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Photo by Shaffers Originals

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Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction Checks Available Beginning September 22

Good news! The Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction checks will be available next week at the following times and locations:
 
FFA Exhibitors:
All auction checks will be with your Ag Advisor, so please coordinate pick up dates/times with your advisor.
 
4-H/Independent Exhibitors:
Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds will be open on the following days/times to pick up your check at the Gate 1 Ticket Booth
Tuesday, September 22: 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, September 23: 1 pm – 5 pm
Thursday, September 24: 8 am – 6 pm
 
As a reminder, the exhibitor must be present when picking up the check and please bring your thank you cards with you when picking up the check. See you next week!
 
Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Thank You to all Who Supported the Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction

While this year looks different for us in so many ways, one thing has remained the same – community! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who supported our Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics exhibitors through the 2020 online auction. Every exhibitor’s animal or project was sold and more than $465,000 was raised online in three days for these exhibitors. To say that we are immensely thankful to all of you for supporting Nevada County’s agricultural youth is an understatement.  What an amazing community! Photo by Sara Hollenbeck

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Enter An Exhibit: Blue Ribbon Entry Contest (Anything Goes)

It’s Fair week and the final week of our virtual exhibit contest. This week’s contest is the Blue Ribbon Entry (Anything Goes) Contest.  Post a photo on our Facebook page of anything that you would have entered as an exhibit at the 2020 Fair. It can be any item for any department.
 
Rules are below:
* Limit three entries per person
* When posting your entries, add the first name of exhibitor and age (only add the age if it is a youth entry) to the post.
* Entries must be posted by Sunday at 5 pm.
* Best of Show and 1st – 6th place ribbons will be awarded
* First place winners and Best of Show will also receive a free admission ticket to next year’s Fair.
* Contest open to adults and youth. 
Categories: Nevada County Fair.

Bid and Buy at the 2020 Nevada County Fair Online Junior Livestock & Ag Mechanics Auction

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 7, 2020 

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

Bid and Buy at the 2020 Nevada County Fair Online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, in partnership with the Nevada County Livestock Producers, will host an online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction on August 13 – 15 at NevadaCountyFair.com. The auction opens at 9 am on August 13 and begins closing on August 15 at 9 am, with lots closing in 90 second intervals until the final lot is complete.

The auction provides an opportunity to support youth in agriculture, fill your freezer with delicious locally-raised meat, and purchase hand-crafted projects for your home and garden.

Online bidding will be open for three days. During that time, buyers can bid on animals and projects, support the exhibitors individually with “Add On” bids through the online platform or they can contribute to a “Community Pool” of funds that will be used to broadly support the sale and junior exhibitors.

The 2019 Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics auctions grossed a record setting $736,000 for the youth of Nevada County. These auctions represent the culmination of a long year of work and dedication by FFA, 4-H and independent youth exhibitors. Each bid and purchase is an investment in the next generation of agriculture and supports their future projects in agriculture, college funding and vocational training.

If you are a new buyer, please complete the new buyer registration form at NevadaCountyFair.com in advance of the online auction. Existing buyers are already in the system, but if your contact information has changed, please call the Fairgrounds Office to update. Once the auction begins on August 13, all buyers will be able to log in, review the auction lots, and bid. The Fairgrounds website has a page dedicated to buyers and includes information about how to bid and buy and will include a direct link to the auction once it opens.

For information about the auction or participating in the auction, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Enter an Exhibit: Draw Your Favorite Fair Thing/Scene

Happy Monday! It’s week five of our virtual exhibit contests and this week’s challenge is to draw your favorite thing/scene at the Fair. Create a drawing with paint, ink pens, pencils or whatever you choose to create a drawing of your favorite thing/scene at the Fair. Post a picture of your drawing below. Have fun!

* Limit one entry per person
* Post a photo of your entry on this post or send us a message at .
* When posting your entry, add the first name of exhibitor and age (only add the age if it is a youth entry) to the post.
* Entries must be posted by Sunday at 5 pm.
* Best of Show and 1st – 6th place ribbons will be awarded
* First place winners and Best of Show will also receive a free admission ticket to next year’s Fair.
* Contest open to adults and youth

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Thank You to Sponsors of the Online Auction! Here’s How You Can Be a Sponsor, Too!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to the sponsors who have already stepped up in a big way in support of the 2020 online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction, including presenting sponsor River Valley Community Bank and additional sponsors A to Z Supply, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, Economy Pest Control, Ferrellgas, First US Community Credit Union, Grass Valley Chevron, Mertens Insurance Agency, Peter’s Drilling and Pump Service, SPD Markets, The Union Newspaper, and YubaNet. Your community support is so appreciated! Is your business interested in being a sponsor of this unique event?  If so, contact for details.

 

Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Be a Buyer at the 2020 Online Junior Livestock & Ag Mechanics Auction

Why buy at the 2020 online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics auction?
  • To fill your freezer with local, naturally delicious meat that has been raised with the utmost care.
  • To support youth livestock exhibitors, who are annually certified in the quality care of animals.
  • To purchase custom, handcrafted Ag Mechanics projects for your home and garden.
To be buyer at the 2020 online auction, August 13 – 15, register here.
 
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Enter an Exhibit: Create a Produce Character

Who’s ready to create a produce character? It’s week four of our virtual exhibit contest and this week’s contest is all about produce characters and using vegetables and fruits to create a sculpture of your choice. Post a picture of your produce character below. Have fun!
 
Below are the rules.
* Limit one entry per person
* When posting photos, add the first name of exhibitor and age (only add the age if it is a youth entry) to the post.
* Entries must be posted by Sunday at 5 pm.
* Best of Show and 1st – 6th place ribbons will be awarded
* First place winners and Best of Show will also receive a free admission ticket to next year’s Fair.
* Contest open to adults and youth
 
Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.