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!
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!
Planning a wedding or know someone who is getting married? Plan on attending Grass Valley’s Premier Wedding Fair on Sunday, January 19, noon – 4 pm, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Admission is free! Wedding and event vendors in Nevada County will be showcased, and vendors will be offering discounts. There will be light bites and sparkling beverages, musical entertainment, and lots of giveaways! Information can be found here. See you on Sunday!
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!
Interested in performing on stage at the 2020 Nevada County Fair? The stage entertainment application is now available here. Each year we look forward to seeing the various entertainers on the Pine Tree Stage and Budweiser Stage, so if you’re interested, be sure to get the form completed by April 10.
The Nevada County Food And Toy Run happens Saturday, December 14. Motorcyclists meet at the Rood Center and then leave at noon to begin their run to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There is no fee or registration, just show up with an unwrapped toy. Details are provided here. Have fun!
“Miners, Marigolds & Memories!” is the slogan for the 2020 Nevada County Fair. So much fun! Congratulations to Kristin Slade of Grass Valley for submitting the winning entry. We received almost 200 entries in the slogan contest, so a big thank you to all who entered.
The 35th Annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomed more than 110 vendors, featured a gingerbread house and a new holiday ornament contest, and partnered with the Interfaith Food Ministry to offer a community canned food drive.
The annual gingerbread house competition featured more than 40 entries. Of those entries, the Best of Show was awarded to Heather Mickelson of Rocklin and the People’s Choice went to the group entry created by Joanne Perilman & Avery Lawson of Grass Valley. Both winners received a gift basket donated by Tess’ Kitchen Store.
The new holiday ornament contest received more than 50 entries. The Best of Show winner was Mary Wood of Rough and Ready, and the People’s Choice was awarded to Cheyanne Marchinek of Penn Valley. Both winners received a gift certificate to Ben Franklin.
At Sunday’s canned food drive, Interfaith Food Ministry collected more than 300 pounds of food for families in need in Nevada County. The Clear Creek School Errand Elves raised funds for science camp tuition, and the Northern Mines Service Unit Girl Scouts provided babysitting to raise funds for community service projects.
The names of all the gingerbread house and holiday ornament contest winners can be found here. The 2020 Country Christmas Faire is Thanksgiving weekend, November 27, 28 and 29.
Best of Show Gingerbread House – Heather Mickelson
Best of Show Ornament – Mary Wood
People’s Choice Ornament – Cheyanne Marchinek
People’s Choice Gingerbread – Joanne Perilman & Avery Lawson
Thank you to all who attended the Country Christmas, and a huge thank you to all the talented crafters and artisans for all their work. We’re already planning next year’s event. Happy holidays!
The Nevada County Fairgrounds and Interfaith Food Ministry are teaming up at the Country Christmas Faire for a canned food drive to help feed those in need in Nevada County.
Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Country Christmas Faire on Sunday, December 1, and you’ll receive a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Christmas Faire on that day. Volunteers from Interfaith Food Ministry will collect the cans at the food collection bins on that Sunday at the Fairgrounds from 10 am – 4 pm at Gates 1, 3 and 5, which is also where you’ll receive your coupon. One coupon per person. All food collected will be used to help feed those in need in Nevada County.
The Country Christmas Faire is happening Thanksgiving weekend, November 29, 30 and December 1 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Cost is $5, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.
For more information, about the Country Christmas Faire, visit here.