This Weekend: Roamin’ Angels Car Show

The 15th Annual Roamin Angels Car Show is being held this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The event will be held on Saturday from 8 – 6 and Sunday from 8 – 3. This is one of the best classic car shows in Northern California. Plus, there are lots of things to do at the event, including a Klunker Kontest, Pinstriping demonstrations, an art show, music on the Dance Pad, an Artisan Faire, delicious food, and model car gravity drags. Did we mention there are also lots of really cool cars!  Plan to spend a day at this fun, community event. For information, visit


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Sisters Win Big in Livestock Awards

Congratulations to these four young ladies for their accomplishments during the 2014 Fair. These two sets of sisters – Maddie and Rylee Prechter, and Taylor and Fallyn Foster – received top honors with their market animals. Maddie, age 13, was awarded the Supreme Champion Market Steer, while Rylee, 9, was awarded Reserve Supreme Champion Market Steer. Taylor, 17, received Supreme Champion Market Lamb and her sister Fallyn, also 17, received Reserve Supreme Champion Market Lamb. Families and Fair-time go hand-in-hand. Congratulations!
Livestock Awards - Foster Sisters Livestock Awards - Prechter Sisters


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Bill Mitchell Receives 2014 Blue Ribbon Award

Bill Mitchell was recently named the 2014 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by the Fair’s industry association, the Western Fairs Association (WFA), to recognize dedicated individuals who support their local Fair and continuously contribute to the quality of the Fair. Bill was recognized for his key role with the exhibit crew, as well as his ongoing volunteer efforts at the Fair.

After retiring from the Grass Valley School District – where he worked for 37 years as a band teacher at Lyman Gilmore, Hennessy and Scotten schools – Bill joined the exhibit crew at the Fairgrounds in 2005. It was his inspiration that created the signage at the street corner near the Gentle Giant monument, as well as the poster signs at the gates during the Fair, and the Highway 20 billboard. It was also through Bill’s efforts that the Prop Shop was organized, and, consequently, has saved the Fair significant dollars in labor. Additionally, he lends a huge hand in setting up for the Country Christmas Faire.

While Bill retired from the Fairgrounds in 2012, even in “retirement,” he continues to actively participate at the Fair – putting up signage, displaying banners, puttering in the Prop Shop, assisting with the Country Christmas Faire, and cooking at the Foundation’s annual Cioppino Feed.

Bill, who has lived in Nevada County since 1969, has been married to his wife, Karen, for 46 years. They have two children, Tom and Jennifer, and one grandson, Adler. Bill is active in the Foothill Lions Club, and enjoys spending time with his grandson.

“The Nevada County Fair is special to everyone,” says Bill. “Karen and I and our children, and now our grandson, have spent countless hours enjoying the Fair. It takes a lot of people to put together the events at the Fairgrounds, and I definitely don’t feel I deserve this award any more than any of the other people who put in countless hours to make these events successful. I am humbled and honored.”

“Bill is a wonderful person, and a true asset to our Fairgrounds,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “He has a big heart and a passion for the Fair, and it is with great pride that he receives this industry award.”

Bill was recognized in a surprise presentation at the Nevada County Fair’s Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, August 6.

Bill Mitchell (2015)

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Fair Time: Five Days of Fun

It’s Fair season, and the Nevada County Fair, happening August 6 – 10, has five days of “Simply Fun” planned for Fair-goers of all ages. Held under the shade of the tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of community exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

While visiting the Fair, zip line across The Green, check out the sky diver flying into the arena during the rodeo, try your hand at gold panning, walk in a water balloon, see baby chicks hatch in the embryology display, watch the Fair’s Family Feud competition, or listen to Mogollon’s music as they celebrate 20 years of performing at the Nevada County Fair. Or, how about visiting Circus Imagination, where children become instant stars by being selected from the audience, put in costume, and then performing in a spontaneous circus for the crowd.

Long-time crowd pleasing events will soar into the Fair’s arena Wednesday through Sunday evening. There’s the Flying U Extreme Rodeo happening on Wednesday and Thursday evening; while Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks. On Sunday, the ever-popular Destruction Derby returns to the arena. All arena events begin at 7 pm.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the outdoor stages. This year features a variety of music – pop rock, country rock, traditional country, Chicago-style blues, jazz, traditional and contemporary bluegrass, rockabilly dance, and rock and roll. Barbershop quartets, hula dancing and dancers, and Nevada County’s Concert Band will also be featured on the various stages.

For more fun, enter one of the special contests held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Cell Phone Photo Scavenger Hunt, an Instagram contest, Field Games, Kids Duct Tape Art Challenge, a Yo-Yo Contest, a Scrapbook Page Layout Contest, “Minute to Win It” fun, a Diaper Derby, a Just Dance Contest, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun. Details for contests are available here. 

A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, tempura zucchini, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more – all while supporting local, non-profit organizations.

Join us at this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10, and find out why we’ve been voted as the “Best Community Event” for 12 years in a row. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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Destruction Derby at the Fair!

It’s back – the Destruction Derby at the Nevada County Fair! The popular Derby, held on Sunday of the Nevada County Fair, will be locally produced by five of Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs – The Rotary Club of Nevada City, Rotary Club of Nevada County South, 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City, Penn Valley Rotary, and Rotary Club of Grass Valley.

This year’s Destruction Derby is sure to be a crowd favorite! Watch as drivers put their cars to the ultimate test and crash, smash, and ram other vehicles while trying to keep their own vehicle running! That’s demolition at its best.

“The Nevada County Fairgrounds is extremely pleased that the Rotarians, who are leaders in our community, are taking on the production of the Destruction Derby at the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “This event will be a truly locally produced event, and we are excited to be able to offer this entertainment to our community.”

The Destruction Derby is held on Sunday, August 10, at 7 pm at the Nevada County Fair. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under.

In addition to the Destruction Derby, this year’s Fair has a full line up in the arena, including the Flying U Extreme Rodeo (produced by Cotton Rosser and Flying U Rodeo) on Wednesday and Thursday night, and Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks (produced by Scott Miller Paving, Inc.) on Friday and Saturday night. Click here for tickets to any of the arena event.


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Special Contests Each Day of the Fair

At this year’s Nevada County Fair, there are exciting contests and activities happening each day of the Fair! Here are just a few of the fun contests planned for this year’s Fair.

If you love creating with Duct Tape, then don’t miss the Kids’ Duct Tape Art Challenge. Choose to make a 2D project (flat design or picture on paper) or a 3D project (an item or thing). Some tape will be available for use; however, if your intended project requires specific colors/patterns or supplies, please provide. Happening on Wednesday from 2 -3 pm.

Join the Simply Fun Field Games for some field game fun, including 3-legged and wheelbarrow races, water balloon toss, sack races, and more! Held daily from 4 – 5 pm.

How about a scavenger hunt using your cell phone? Find a partner and join the fun at the Cell Phone Photo Scavenger Hunt on Friday at 4 pm. At check- in, contestant teams will receive a scavenger hunt list, and teams will have 45 minutes to find and photograph with their cell phone as many of the items on the list that they can.

New this year is the Gold Country Yo-Yo Contest, held Saturday at 4 pm. Bring your favorite yo-yo and your best tricks and try your hand at a chance for fun prizes. Registration and waiver forms are here.

Bel Capelli Salon is sponsoring Locks of Love on Saturday from noon – 2 pm. Donate your hair to help provide a hairpiece to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Bel Capelli Salon stylists will be available to assist with the hair donation process, as well as to cut and style your hair for free.

Love Instagram and love taking photos? Submit a photo or two in the Instagram Contest happening daily. Take a picture or two with your phone while visiting the Nevada County Fair and submit it to Instagram using #simplyfunfairpics. There will be daily winners!

We’ve also got Squash Mobile Races, “Minute to Win It” fun, Simply Build It Fun, a Scrapbook Page Layout Contest, a Gift Wrapping Contest, a Diaper Derby, and a Just Dance Contest. Don’t forget karaoke, happening Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 – 11 pm, and Sunday from 8 – 10 pm.

There are no entry forms for most events – just show up 15 minutes early at the Special Events Tent and get ready to play. Lots of fun and great prizes!

For additional details, visit the complete list of special contests happening at the Special Events Tent, as well as a list of all the daily activities.

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Fair Ticket Office Open Saturday & Sunday for Ticket Sales

The Nevada County Fair’s ticket office, located at Guest Services, will be open tomorrow and Sunday for advance ticket sales. Purchase your admission and carnival tickets (zipper, anyone?) before the Fair begins and save money!  The ticket office will be open this weekend on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

zipper (cropped)

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Mogollon’s Song for the Nevada County Fair

Mogollon’s Nevada County Fair Song

Check out Mogollon’s new song, “People of the Beer,” written for Nevada County Fair goers. “All the great people we get to play for each year at the Nevada County Fair inspired me to write this song,” said Duane Moore of Mogollon. This year marks Mogollon’s 20th anniversary at the Nevada County Fair!

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Fair Family of the Year – Don & Anita Daniels

Don and Anita Daniels have been named the 2014 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Daniels Family for their long time commitment, participation, and volunteer efforts at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more than 50 years, Don and Anita have been actively involved in the Nevada County Fair. Don has been involved in the Fair since 1951, when he participated in his first horse show at Lions Lake. He was a charter Nevada Union FFA member, has roped calves and steers at the Fairs rodeos, and judged horse shows. Additionally, he has played in several bands at the Fair, served as a local 4H Beef Leader, and volunteered at work days at the Fairgrounds.

Throughout the years, he and Anita have also volunteered in numerous booths on Treat Street.

Anita has been participating in the Fair since 1955, when she joined 4H and entered club projects in canning, baking, sewing, horses and hogs. She participated in the 4H Dress Revue, continued to enter exhibits in the Fair, and even won a blue ribbon for her marmalade. She has assisted at the Junior Livestock Auction, worked in the Bingo booth, and assisted with the Idol Competition. Most recently, as President of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, she initiated the first Rotary at Work Clean-Up Day at the Fairgrounds, which involved all five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs, and created the largest one-day community service project conducted in the county.

“The Fair is so important to us because it brings everyone together for good, family fun,” says Anita. “It teaches our young people the rewards of hard work, and it truly promotes pride in our community.”

Don and Anita, who have been married for 51 years, have two children, Brian and Kris, and six grandchildren. As children, both Brian and Kris were involved in the Fair as 4H exhibitors. Brian made his debut in 1967, when, at 13 months old, he enjoyed his first experience at the Fair, and made the front page of The Union eating pizza at the Fair. Kris – who won first place in a pie eating contest against kids and adults at the Fair when she was 7 – was selected as the Nevada County Fair Queen in 1988, won the first Gold Country Idol Contest, and went on to win the Western States Fair Idol competition. Today, she regularly sings the National Anthem for the opening of the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic.

While the Daniels have many fond memories at the Fair, their favorite memories are when both their kids were showing their steers with 4H at the Fair. Says Don, “We had so much fun with the other families. We definitely miss that!”

Don, who is retired from the California Highway Patrol, is the Chairman of the Board for Nevada County Horsemen, and a past president and member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley. Anita, who has been in the banking industry since 1962, is the Vice President and Branch Manager at Tri Counties Bank in Grass Valley. She is a board member of Western Sierra Medical Clinic, a board member of Rotary Club of Grass Valley, a board member of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, and treasurer of Nevada County Horsemen. She is a former board member of the Sierra College Coordinating Council, the Grass Valley Downtown Association, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.

“Don and Anita are truly avid supporters of the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “Having grown up in Nevada County, their involvement with the Fair goes back to childhood – and their dedication to the Fairgrounds continues! Through Anita’s inspiration of Rotary at Work Day at the Fairgrounds, both she and Don have painted barns, raked pine needles and pitched in to help make the Fair California’s Most Beautiful. The Daniels’ passion and dedication to the Fair makes them the perfect candidate for the 2014 Family of the Year.”

Upon being named the Family of the Year, Anita says, “we are humbled by this honor. So many families deserve this award. We are just one of the many families who love our Fairgrounds and the opportunities it offers to all those in our community.”

The Daniels Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremonies. They will receive a Fair package, as well as a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

Family of the Year recipients, Don and Anita Daniels, with their children and grandchildren.                           Photo credit: Shaffers Originals.

Family of the Year recipients, Don and Anita Daniels, with their children and grandchildren. Photo credit: Shaffers Originals.





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