Special Contests and Activities

Plan a visit or two to the Special Events Tent at the 2021 Nevada County Fair for action-packed activities! 

No sign-up required–just show up, have fun and win some cool prizes!

2021 Special Events Tent

Fair Fun Kid Games
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (noon-1 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Join the fun! We will be playing games with cotton puffs, balloons, plates and cups and ping pong balls.  You’ve never had so much fun with ordinary items! 

Kids Make & Take: All About Friends 
Wednesday (1 pm – 2 pm) & Friday (2 pm – 3 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Make a bracelet for your best buddy or create a new pal with a Pet Rock or a Pine Cone Person.

Kids Make & Take Toys and Games   – sponsored by Ben Franklin
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday (2 – 3 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Catapults, Marshmallow Shooters, Mini Bow and Arrows or Parachutes – Make One or Make Them All!

Shuck It! A Corn Husking Contest
Wednesday (3:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
If you love to shuck corn, this contest is for you. Think you got what it takes to be the fastest at husking an ear of corn clean?  Join us… but know, there’s a twist…You have to remove the hush and the silk with your feet!  Limited number of entrants allowed.

Kids Make & Take Summer Arts and Crafts – sponsored by Ben Franklin
Thursday and Sunday (1 – 2 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Make a watermelon fan to keep cool, a sun catcher to capture the light or create a picture with magic! Meet us at the Tent and make your favorite or make ‘em all!

Frozen T-Shirt Challenge
Thursday (3 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Be the first to fit into a frozen t-shirt. Shirts are doused with water, scrunched and frozen. The object is to thaw the t-shirt and successfully fit your head and arms into the shirt. The first person to do so in their age category will be the winner. Limited number of entrants allowed.

Squash Mobile Racing
Friday (Noon – 2 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Attach wheels to a squash and watch it go. Bring a squash and get ready to race. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun.

Cold Toes Challenge
Friday (3:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Calling all those with dexterous toes!  If you can pick up items with your toes you don’t want to miss this contest.  Contestants will plunge their feet into ice water and attempt to retrieve the marbles at the bottom of the bucket using only their toes.  Join us for this chilly challenge.

Live Art Showdown
Saturday (1:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Artists of all ages will each create a painting in 20 minutes. The audience will then vote for their favorite. Great prizes awarded to our winners. AND, you can buy this instant art on site after the contest is complete. Advanced registration required, see flyer and entry form below.  Sponsored in part by Community Canvas.

Live Art Showdown Flyer and Entry Form

Diaper Derby
Sunday (3:30 – 4:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Find out how fast your baby can crawl. There are two categories: 6-9 months and 10-12 months. This contest is limited to the first 20 contestants in each age category.  

 “Minute to Win It”
Daily (4:30-5:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Based on the always popular collection of challenges, come try to beat the clock. No entry forms or fees required. All ages welcome. Show up and get ready to play!

“What Do You Meme” Game Contest
Daily (6:00-7:30 pm) at the Special Events Tent
This daily, hilarious Group Contest is based on the popular family game. Bring your creativity and your fellow contestants: Three group categories for competition:  Families, Tweens & Teens and Adults. Compete to create the funniest Meme for our judges. Show up and get ready to play! For details please see flyer below.

“What Do You Meme” Flyer

Every Night (8 – 11pm); Sunday (8 – 10 pm) at the Special Events Tent
Sing your heart out and show off your talent. Join fellow Fair goers for fun and entertaining rounds of karaoke. No pre-registration required; just come to the Special Events Tent, sign up, and get ready to sing.