The stated mission of the Fairgrounds Foundation is to build a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contribution to the fairgrounds. During the past two years we’ve come to realize that our mission is far more than that – our mission is to provide financial resources to save our wonderful fairgrounds and ensure that it will continue to thrive and remain a valuable community asset for future generations.
Your membership is critical to protect and enhance our great community asset, the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Take it a step further – Do you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who loves the Fair? Please encourage them to join the foundation and protect the fair! We greatly appreciate your support!
Contact: Sandy Woods, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS FUNDRAISER: DRIVE THRU ITALIAN PASTA DINNER
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, in partnership with the Foothill Lions Club, is hosting a Drive Thru Italian Pasta Dinner as a fundraiser for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Tickets are on sale now at NevadaCountyFair.com for a delicious Italian pasta dinner that feeds four people. Each family dinners includes spaghetti and sauce, four Italian sausages, four meatballs, green salad with Italian dressing, garlic bread and four cannoli for only $45.
All orders must be placed by April 9. Pick up is on Saturday, April 17 between 4-6 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2, Ponderosa Hall. This event is pre-sales only and there are no onsite sales, so order today.
Tickets are available online at NevadaCountyFair.com. All proceeds benefit the community’s Nevada County Fairgrounds, which has been severely financially impacted by the restrictions on mass gatherings caused by COVID-19.
Recently the Higgins Diggins Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation. In presenting the check, Higgins Diggins Lions Club President Laura Barhydt expressed the club’s passion and concern for the ongoing viability of the Nevada County Fairgrounds given the pandemic’s huge negative impact on the community’s Fairgrounds. President Barhydt, along with members of the club, is challenging other Nevada County non-profit service clubs to step up to matching Higgins Diggins’ donation to help the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Higgins Diggins Lions Club has a long record of service in the community going back more than forty years. The Club’s major sources of revenue are the rental of the Higgins Lions Community Center, the annual Crab & Shrimp Feed, See’s candy sales during Christmas and Valentine’s day and, most recently, producing Drive Thru dinners. The club has a strong membership that give freely of their time and resources to provide for the betterment of the community.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation is focused upon building a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the Fairgrounds. Currently the major focus of the Foundation is to simply keep the Fairgrounds financially viable so that it will once again thrive as a great community asset. The directors of the Foundation expressed their sincere appreciation for Higgins Diggins generous donation and expressed hopes that other service clubs will take up President Barhydt and the Higgins Diggins Lions Club’s challenge.
So excited to announce the next Drive Thru fundraising event for the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets here for a delicious Italian Pasta Dinner. Each meal feeds four people and includes spaghetti pasta and sauce, 4 Italian sausages, 4 meatballs, salad with Italian dressing, garlic bread and 4 cannoli for only $45. Yum!! All orders must be placed by April 9. Pick up is on Saturday, April 17 between 4 – 6 pm. This event is pre-sales only and there are no onsite sales. Our last event sold out early, so order today!
Hosted by the Fairgrounds Foundation and the Foothill Lions Club with all proceeds benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Contact: Patrick Eidman, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS FOUNDATION MAKES $100,000 DONATION TO FAIRGROUNDS
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation made a generous donation of $100,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds and will begin a membership drive for 2021 to continue raising much-needed funds for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
The donation comes during a year when COVID-19 restrictions on events and gatherings have financially devastated the Nevada County Fairgrounds. With the cancellation of the annual Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, Country Christmas Faire, music festivals and more than a hundred events on the grounds, revenue at the Fairgrounds has been severely impacted.
“The Foundation plays a critical role in supporting the Fairgrounds, especially during this time of financial crisis,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We are extremely thankful to the Foundation for their support and advocacy efforts on behalf of the Fairgrounds. We are very fortunate to have a partner in the Foundation that was ready and willing to step up – in a big way – during a time of great need.”
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation was established in 2005 to fulfill the mission of “building a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the Fairgrounds.” Its mission is supported by individual memberships, the annual Cioppino Feed, beer sales from the Foundation Station during Fair, the pouring of cocktails at the Draft Horse Classic and County Christmas Faire, charitable donations, and the recent Fairgrounds BBQ Drive Thru Event. Additionally, there have been several fundraising events in support of the Foundation and the Fairgrounds, including a fundraising events hosted by West Coast Equine Sports Therapy, Emily Catering’s Cookie for a Cause, Three Lilies Photography, and Nevada Union FFA’s BBQ event.
“We are pleased to be able to support our community Fairgrounds in such a significant way,” said Robin Hauck, President of the Fairgrounds Foundation. “The donation represents many hundreds of hours of volunteer labor by the Board and member volunteers, all of whom work tirelessly on behalf of the Fairgrounds. We are also extremely thankful to the community and individuals for their donations and fundraising efforts, and their generosity, kindness and creativity to raise funds to preserve one of Nevada County’s most treasured assets.”
“Given that this substantial donation has almost depleted the Fairgrounds Foundation’s reserves, we are now asking the community to support the Fairgrounds and the Fairgrounds Foundation by helping reach the goal of 1,000 memberships in 2021,” said Eidman. “Please consider becoming a member today. Every new membership is an investment in ensuring the survival and viability of the Fairgrounds for future generations.
To become a member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation or to make a donation, visit NevadaCountyFair.com/Foundation.
Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its tenth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 7 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner service begins at 6 pm.
For the event, the Foothill Lions Club will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 109-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, pasta, salad and garlic bread. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.
Tickets are $45 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $450 and includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by visiting here.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture.
For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Tickets are on sale now for the annual all-you-can-eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed, March 7, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Get your tickets at the Fairgrounds office or by visiting here. This has been a sold-out event for nine years in a row, so get your tickets early. Yum!
Congratulations to The White Barn Project for being a recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s 2019 Blue Ribbon Award. The Fairgrounds Board awarded the White Barn Project this honor because of their work with 4-H and FFA youth. The organization, which provides donated clothing items to children in 4-H and FFA kids to exhibit at the Nevada County Fair, provided more than 100 children all or part of their uniforms in 2018. We can’t wait to see what they do in 2019! Congratulations, and thank you for helping our local youth!
Tickets are on sale now for the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. There are six exciting performances held throughout the four days of the Classic and each one gives you the unique opportunity to see the magnificent draft horses perform and compete. The Classic is also an opportunity to meet the draft horses by visiting the open barns or taking one of our barn tours.
The Draft Horse Classic showcases almost two hundred draft horses performing and competing and masterfully pulling wagons and carriages, and features exhibitors and hitches from across the United States and Canada.
Between competition classes, the audience will enjoy performances by specialty acts like the California Cowgirls, the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, and chariot and chuck wagon races. There’s also Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire and Roman riding. Additionally, with almost 200 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses up close.
Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18, are an additional $4 per ticket. There are a limited number of RV spots available for season ticket holders.
Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy ongoing musical entertainment, cowboy poetry, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, and Art at the Classic.
It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.