Create a Gingerbread House and Win!

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical Gingerbread House to enter into the 13th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held November 27, 28, and 29 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Houses, bungalows, cottages, and castles fashioned from spicy gingerbread will be displayed for holiday shoppers to enjoy during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families, and groups.  There’s even a category for children under 8 years of age who want to enter a house made by a kit. All those who enter a Gingerbread House exhibit will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award winner.

Entry forms must be received at the Fairgrounds between now and Friday, November 20 by 4 pm. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Tuesday, November 24 between the hours of 11 am – 6 pm at Ponderosa Hall.  The cost is $2 to enter, and all Gingerbread House exhibitors will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road, or downloaded from here.

The Country Christmas Faire features talented artisans who fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality hand-made crafts and unique gifts, so you can get all your holiday shopping done in one location. Visitors to the Faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bon-fire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The 31st annual Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, November 27, and runs through Sunday, November 29.  The hours are 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and Saturday; and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free. On Sunday, if you bring a can of food, you’ll receive $1 off admission. All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.

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Country Christmas Faire ad on Gold Country Stage

Look what begins running this week on the back of Gold Country Stage! It’s the Country Christmas Faire, happening Thanksgiving weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This is definitely one of our favorite holiday events.

Back of bus (2015)

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Thursday Night: Paint the Town Pink 2015

Paint the Town Pink 2015 is tomorrow (Thursday) night at the Fairgrounds! This event is both a celebration to honor the women of Nevada County, while also taking a few moments to acknowledge those who are fighting breast cancer, and to honor loved ones we have lost. This event has become a popular, one-of-a-kind event where women of all ages come together to enjoy a fun night and support a great cause! Food and wine sampling, entertainment (featuring some of our SNMH Doctors!), fundraising team recognition, a vendor expo and a fantastic silent auction – all help bring us together to support our local healthcare community. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Visit here for details.

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Winterfaire Craft Show (Local Crafters and Early Christmas Shopping)

The Winterfaire Craft Show is happening this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Such a fun event – and a great opportunity to meet local crafters and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Plus, if you bring a can of food, you get $1 off admission. Details here. Birdhouse by artist Dan Davis.

Bird House by Dan Davis (Winterfaire Craft Show)

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This Weekend: Winterfaire Craft Show

This weekend at the Fairgrounds it’s the Winterfaire Craft Show. Happening Saturday and Sunday (October 17 and 18) from 10 am to 4 pm at the Main Street Center, the Winterfaire Craft Show features quality hand-crafted items, including art, jewelry, toys, gourds, hand woven items, wood crafts, and metal work. There are also door prizes, a dining area, and free activities for children. The cost for admission is $2, or bring a can of food and receive $1 off. Parking is free. Presented by the Craft Guild of Nevada County. For more information, visit here.

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Paint the Town Pink: October 22

Have your purchased your tickets yet for Paint the Town Pink? You can get them online or at local businesses around town. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. This event is October 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Paint the Town Pink event 2



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This Weekend: Gem and Mineral Show

What’s happening this weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds? It’s the Earth’s Treasures Gem and Mineral Show! Held in Main Street Building on Saturday and Sunday (October 10 and 11) from 10 am to 5 pm, there is a huge selection of vendors. Stop by to see the fantastic displays of gem and mineral collections, visit the booths of the numerous vendors, bid on minerals and rocks at our silent auction, watch local artisans at work, and see the demonstrations. The Earth’s Treasures is a great place to meet other enthusiasts, buy supplies to feed your passion, and experience everything the rock and mineral hobby has to offer.  Presented by the Nevada County Gem and Mineral Society, more information can be found here.

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