By Courtney McCullough
Ghidotti Early College High School
The Nevada County Fair accommodates a very special area called Fur and Feathers. This section includes rabbits and any fowl, including ducks, chickens, turkeys and sometimes exotics. It is located outside in the cow barns and usually houses around 50-75 animals each year.
The rabbit show is held on the Tuesday before fair so that the rabbits are judged and the youth win ribbons with their rabbits. They can also raise meat pens for rabbits, chickens as well as turkeys, and the Reserve and Grand Champions go to auction. All others are in a silent auction at the Fur and Feathers area. This also includes the children who enter market eggs and sell a gift basket with their dozen market eggs.
I encourage people to attend the live auction as well as the silent auction to support these youth as well. Kids love to see all of the animals and occasionally the owners of the animals will be there to allow people to pet their animal and ask questions. Also check out the schedule for the costume contest with the rabbits and poultry.
One of the biggest attractions is the Chick-u-bator. This is usually run by the McCullough family, and they bring the eggs the day before fair, just as they are hatching so that the public can see and experience the hatching process live. They check on them often and let the public hold some of the chicks while they’re there. Children love to hold the babies, and it is great for the kids to be a part of the learning process and to interact with animals in a safe way.
I encourage anyone who loves animals or who has children to visit the Fur and Feathers for an exciting and real-life experience!
Courtney is a guest writer for the Nevada County Fair. Courtney took first place in the 8th grade Expository Writing Assignment for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools’ writing tournament in January. Above is her article that she wrote for the annual Fair Guide, produced by The Union Newspaper. Thank you, Courtney!