Volunteer at The Country Christmas Faire!

Visitors to the Country Christmas Faire will find the exhibit buildings filled with beautiful and unique handcrafted items created by over a hundred talented artisans. They will enjoy musical entertainment, a gingerbread house competition, a community bonfire, wagon rides, and a festive holiday spirit while strolling through California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds.

Please volunteer at the Foundation’s Holiday Cocktails at Gate 1 in front of the Main Street Center. We will serve delicious beverages, including Irish Coffee, Egg Nogs, Mulled wine, and Bloody Mary’s. By selling drinks at the Country Christmas Faire and numerous other events, the Foundation has successfully raised significant funds to reinvest in our beautiful Fairgrounds.

Click here to Volunteer at the Country Christmas Faire and Have Fun!

July 28, 2023
Volunteer at Foundation Station!

We Need Your Help … and it’s Fun!

The annual Fair is the Foundation’s primary fundraising opportunity for operating Foundation Station. Our mission is to provide financial resources to the Fair through fundraising and contributions to save our beautiful fairgrounds and ensure that they will continue to thrive and remain a valuable community asset for future generations.

Please consider volunteering at the Station, pouring beer, seltzer, and wine while enjoying our fabulous Fair. It’s fun! Volunteer sign-up is quick and easy at the following link: Sign up to Volunteer HERE

Nevada County Fair
Just Around the Corner!
August 9 – 13, 2023

July 10, 2023
Nevada County Fair Just Around the Corner; Greetings from Patti Ingram Spencer; Volunteers Needed at Foundation Station…and more, all in the July Fairgrounds Foundation Newsletter.

May 11, 2023
April Fools’ Day Crab Feed Success; Volunteer for Strawberry Music Festival 2023; Foundation Scholarships awarded; Country Roots & Cowboy Boots; Draft Horse Classic…and more, all in the May Fairgrounds Foundation Newsletter.

January 30, 2023
All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Shrimp, and Pasta Feed, on Saturday, March 4; New CEO; 2023 Fair theme announced; annual membership drive begins; and more in our February Newsletter.


November 22, 2022
Country Christmas Faire, looking back at 2022…
All this and more in our November Newsletter.

September 7, 2022
Fair updates, Family of the Year, Draft Horse Classic…
All this and more in our September Newsletter.


July 11, 2022
Read about it in July’s Newsletter.
Marigold Row

May 24, 2022
Volunteer at Strawberry, scholarships announced, and our annual membership drive…read more in May’s Newsletter.

May 4, 2022
The Strawberry Music Festival is right around the corner – May 26 – 30th. Please consider volunteering at the Foundation Station pouring beer and wine and enjoy a great festival while fundraising to support our wonderful Nevada County Fairgrounds! more

March 4, 2022
A new CEO, new Logo, Membership drive…and the 2022 Fair Theme announced! Find out everything new at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation with our March newsletter.

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation

Help Save Our Fairgrounds

The Nevada County Fair has been part of the fabric of our community for well over 100 years. It is one of Nevada County’s most treasured institutions. When you think of the Fair, perhaps you think of Job’s Daughters corn dogs, or livestock lining the barns, or the laughter of children; perhaps you envision the amazing exhibits showcasing the talents of our wonderful community. The Nevada County Fair has been the place for family, fun and education for many generations and nothing evokes such strong or fond family memories as our annual Fair.

Many are surprised to learn that the Nevada County Fairgrounds is a state agency, namely the 17th District Agricultural Association with directors appointed by the Governor of California. For decades the Fairgrounds received annual allocations from the State for the purpose of performing capital improvements and providing operating funds. In recent years the allocations have dwindled to nothing and the Fairgrounds has become self-funding through event production and facility rentals, such as the fabulous music festivals. With the Fairgrounds being shut down for over a year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there was no funding being generated and, quite frankly, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is facing financial jeopardy.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, which is a non-profit 501.c.3 was created years ago in anticipation of a potential funding crisis. The Foundation has successfully raised significant funds through Foundation Station which sells beer and wine during the Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Country Christmas Faire. The annual Cioppino Feed is also a major fund raiser. The other highly valued revenue stream is membership and donations. With your help, hopefully we can ensure that the Nevada County Fairgrounds will continue to thrive and one day hold a tender place in our grandchildren’s hearts.

We’re hopeful that you will consider becoming a Fair Foundation member or donating to save our Fairgrounds!

Become a Fairgrounds Foundation Member

Your Foundation membership helps support the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Find out more.

Foundation Membership Application  

Make a Donation

Donate Today  

2021 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulation to Connor Mcgehee, Lizzie Glomson and Kaedyn Harrison, recipients of this year’s Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation scholarships.  The Foundation’s scholarship is awarded to local high school students who exhibit in the Fair, maintain a specific grade point average and write a personal statement on how their participation at the Fair has influenced their life and how it will be beneficial to them in the future.

A committee of four Foundation directors interview the applicants and select the recipients.  All three recipients receiving scholarships are graduates of Bear River High School.  Connor is interested in pursuing veterinary medicine and is seeking admission to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.  Lizzie will be attending California State University in Chico and plans to pursue a major in agriculture with a minor in criminology.  This year a new scholarship, the Nancy Garcia Memorial Scholarship, was developed by the friends and family of Nancy Garcia, a great supporter of the Fair, who recently passed away.  Kaedyn Harrison is the first recipient of that special scholarship, and she plans to pursue nursing at Butte College.   

All donations and contributions to the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation are tax deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Tax ID # 20-3558740

Contact the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, Inc.
101 West McKnight Way, B-106
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Phone: 530-273-6217, extension 219
Fax: 530-273-1146

Tax ID # 20-3558740