Thank You to Our Community

The 2013 Nevada County Fair was one of the most successful fairs in recent history. This year, overwhelmingly, we were buoyed by our Fair community – and we thank you for that support and for your confidence.

We thank each and every one of you – our customers, our sponsors, our vendors, our Treat Street non-profits, our youth in agriculture, our volunteers, and all those who supported us from afar. Because of your support and generosity, we made a difference in Nevada County:

  • Two hundred and twenty two animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing $393,932 (a 15% increase over last year) for the youth of Nevada County.
  • The Ag Mechanics Auction, featuring 58 custom projects by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, raised $48,425 (an increase of 24%) for these students.
  • Almost $700,000 was generated on Treat Street. Proceeds raised will allow local non-profit organizations to provide vital services to our community.
  • Sunday’s special promotion of “Free Until Three,” brought 12,292 visitors, and coupled with paid attendance after three, created a record attendance day of 16,733 for any Sunday of the Fair.
  • The Fair included more than 7,200 exhibits from our community, including Floriculture Best of Division Winner – Maxine Lewelling – who’s been attending the Fair for more than 55 years, and entered for the first time this year.
  • On Community Involvement Day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, the Food Bank of Nevada County and Foothill Lions:   
    • 91 blood donors were registered and 78 pints of life saving blood were collected
    • 450 pounds of food were collected
    • 100 prescription eye glasses and one hearing aide were donated           
  • Seventy business sponsors partnered with the Fair to provide valuable services – like free shuttle rides, community day with free admission, free drinking water, and special contests – to Fair-goers.  
  • Almost 3,000 students and educators attended Wednesday’s Scholar Student Day.
  • In the Special Events Tent on Saturday, nine people donated hair to Locks of Love, including an individual who donated 24 inches of hair.
  • More than 190 vendors participated in this year’s Fair.
  • Fair patrons and elephant riders donated $2,100 to the International Elephant Foundation to further elephant conservation.

The Fair has always been a celebration of our community – and our cumulative efforts – and one that draws us together and strengthens our ties; and the 2013 Fair continued that tradition. We are who we are because of all of you – and, for that, we thank you!

We’ll see you at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10.


Tom Browning, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors

Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds

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Dream Come True

Colin has had a lifelong dream of meeting an elephant. On Monday evening, his dream came true when he got to meet two elephants!  Colin, who has Downs Syndrome, spent an hour with Rosie and Becky – the beautiful elephants visiting the Nevada County Fair from Have Trunk Will Travel. Colin was able to give Rosie a bath, and share some watermelon with both elephants.  According to Colin’s Mom, “the bond between these wonderful mammals and their “people” was very touching. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Colin, and the experience has deeply touched our hearts.”

Elephants at the Fair (Mom and Son) Elephants at the Fair 3 (water) 


Fur and Feathers

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!

Fair Partners with Local Libraries on Summer Reading Program

The Nevada County Fair is partnering with the Nevada County libraries for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children will be reading books and creating a project that will be on display at the Fair. Additionally, children who complete the program will receive two free carnival rides at this year’s Fair. Visit the Nevada County library’s website for details. Happy reading!

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Mandatory Registration of Goat, Sheep and Swine

For goats, sheep and swine being raised as market animals for the 2013 Nevada County Fair, the Fair’s mandatory registration deadline has been set for Friday, June 7th at 4:00 pm. Junior goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning May 20th. The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 7th.  

All exhibitors are required to complete an entry form, submit a photograph of themselves with their market animal and provide a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request the Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Entry forms and additional instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms, required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group.  Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.


To exhibit a large market animal at the 2013 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2013 and must be a Nevada County Junior.  A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

• An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or

• An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or

• An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total.  The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 11th.  A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2013 “Under the Big Top” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 7th through 11th.  For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

pdf Market Swine, Sheep, Goats Registration Instructions

pdf Swine Ear Notching Diagram

pdf 2013 Exhibitor Code of Practice