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

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.

Treat Street Drive Through Event Postponed

We know you all love Treat Street, and while we have been busy behind-the-scenes planning a Treat Street Drive Through event, we have decided to postpone the event at this time. The reasons are many – recent public health directives, health and financial concerns from the Treat Street vendors, and increased food costs all resulted in making the event not feasible at this time. However, we will keep the plan in place in hopes that we can offer this at a future date – when it is safe to do so and the Treat Street organizations are more comfortable moving forward.
Throughout this planning process, we made it very clear to the Treat Street organizations that this was voluntary and needed to make sense for them. We acknowledge and respect that the time simply isn’t right and applaud the Treat Street organizations for prioritizing the health concerns of their dedicated volunteers. 
In the meantime, we encourage everyone who was planning to attend to support one of the many local restaurants that are offering outdoor dining and to-go service and make a direct donation to one of the Treat Street nonprofit organizations.  Thank you to our community – near and far – for your continued support and love of all things Fairgrounds!
Categories: Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

We Are Your Nevada County Fair. We Are Your Nevada County Fairgrounds

Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Nevada County Fair, we are still here. We are your Nevada County Fairgrounds. We are your Nevada County Fair.

Established in 1884, the Nevada County Fair is one of the county’s oldest community institutions. Adaptability and innovation are part of our history. During WWII, the Fair was canceled for several years, the Draft Horse Classic was displaced during the 49er Fire, and now the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will be part of our story. We will prove, as we have time and again, that as a Fairgrounds and as a community we are stronger together.

We know the cancellation of the Fair will have a huge impact on the community, including all the hardworking agricultural youth exhibitors, local nonprofit organizations represented on Treat Street, and the Fairgrounds itself.

There are many questions right now, but the one we hear the most often is, “Can I help?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Here’s how:

  • Visit here to bid and buy online at the official Nevada County Fair Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction August 13 – 15. 
  • Eat treats and support local nonprofits in August at the Drive-Through Treat Street events. Visit here to learn more.
  • Visit here to donate, advocate, or join the Fairgrounds Foundation in support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. 

All the details can be found here

Photo by Kial James

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

Nevada County Fair Board Postpones 2020 Fair Decision

Press Release


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


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 and Emergency Shelters

While Fairgrounds are home to some of the largest annual celebrations in their communities, they are also home to people (and animals!) displaced during natural disasters like wildfires and flooding. Fairgrounds play a vital role in ensuring the safety of our community members during times of crisis and are critical to emergency response efforts. During May, in honor of the Fairgrounds Appreciation Month, take a moment and reflect on all that fairgrounds contribute to their community.

#fairgroundsappreciationmonth #fairstrong #wfaheretohelp

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds and Vendors

Today’s Fairgrounds Appreciation Month goes to our vendors, many of them family-owned, small businesses. Who doesn’t like shopping and picking up a goodie or two while visiting the Fair? At the Nevada County Fair, we fill Main Street Center, as well as parts of the grounds with these amazing vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to hats to wooden signs to souvenirs to photos. We know this year has been tough on vendors, but they are a key part of the Fair experience and we are thankful for all of them. #fairstrong #fairgroundsappreciationmonth #wfaheretohelp

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Fairgrounds and the Carnival

It’s Fairgrounds Appreciation Month and we’re celebrating some favorite parts of Fair. The iconic Big Wheel providing that picture perfect backdrop. The squeals and laughter as Fairgoers take that last plunge on the log ride. The delightful screams of thrill seekers on the Zipper and other gravity-defying rides. The child jumping with excitement in anticipation of a day filled with rides. The joy of a stuffed animal won for that special someone. These are the sights and sounds of the carnival at the Fair. Today’s post is a thank you to family-owned Butler Amusements, who have operated the carnival at the Nevada County Fair for more than 25 years. Thank you for adding fun to the Fair! Do you have a favorite ride? #fairgroundsappreciationmonth #fairstrong #WFAheretohelp

Photo by Kial James. 

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.