Save Our Fairgrounds
Save the Nevada County Fairgrounds
Fairgrounds across California are vital to their communities, serving in good times and in times of emergency. However, Fairgrounds are self-funded and depend on revenue from events, which are currently prohibited due to COVID-19. The financial impact is extreme and felt by Fairgrounds, including the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and many are facing an uncertain future. We need emergency funding to be allocated in the state budget or in the next package of Federal economic relief. Without support, many Fairgrounds will close and the communities they serve will suffer.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is home to more than 200 events, including some of the county’s largest community celebrations and several world class music festivals. Additionally, the Fairgrounds serves the community in emergencies as a shelter for those impacted by floods or fires, a command center for first responders, an animal shelter, and a food distribution site. All of this is in jeopardy. Beyond the negative impacts to the Fairgrounds, there is a direct financial loss to the community, including a financial loss to restaurants, lodging, RV Parks, supplies and services. Based on the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Economic Impact Study, events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, including music festivals, created a total annual spending impact of approximately $28 million on the local economy.
Read more here, as reported in The Union on July 3, 2020.
How Can I Help?
Donate to the Nevada County Fairgrounds (above).
Join the Fairgrounds Foundation in support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Visit CallingAllCommunities.org to join California Fairs in seeking emergency funding from the state and federal level.