Fair Tickets: Buy Early and Save; Extended Hours

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at NevadaCountyFair.com.

Buy your admission tickets before August 11 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $6. Or, purchase a “Be a Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; or a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s Destruction Derby, hosted by Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs! Tickets are now on sale for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night; Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks on Friday and Saturday night; and Rotary’s Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them on-line or stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road by Tuesday, August 11, at 5 pm. Or you can call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 10 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and will also be open on Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 11, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, and free to children under the age of 5.

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Nevada County Fair: Let’s Go!

The Nevada County Fairgrounds confirmed today that the Nevada County Fair will continue as planned on August 12 – 16.

While the Fairgrounds are currently being used for a command post and fire camp, the Fair team is busy behind the scenes preparing for its biggest event of the year – the Nevada County Fair.

“There have been rumors of the Fair’s cancellation, but that was never part of our plan,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “While we are happy to be able to assist our community and provide a place of rest for our heroic firefighters, we are still busy preparing for this year’s Fair, which opens in less than two weeks.”

To date, the Fair has received more than 7,000 entries for community exhibits, discounted tickets are being sold, and entries for special contests are being accepted.

Additionally, the Fair confirmed that Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair – will take place in the Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3. This year, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource for Community Involvement Day. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of items.

“The fire camp will still be on the grounds during Community Involvement Day, but we’re ready to host the event, which will cause little disruption to the fire camp,” said Callender.

While the Fair will take place as planned in two weeks, the grounds are currently closed to pedestrians and bicyclists; and RV camping is limited. The Fairgrounds will notify the community when these services are open again to the public.

The Main Office will continue to sell advanced sale Fair tickets, and continues to be open during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

“On August 12, we will be ready to open our gates to the community and welcome them to the 2015 Nevada County Fair,” said Callender. “At that time, we’ll also take the time to celebrate our community and thank our firefighters for their efforts in keeping us all safe.”

For information about the Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16, call 530-273-6217 or visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

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Family of the Year: Garcia-McDonald Family

Eddie and Nancy Garcia, as well as daughter Barbara and son-in-law Larry McDonald, have been named the 2015 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Garcia-McDonald Family for their volunteer efforts, their vision for the Foundation Station, and their ongoing support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Garcia-McDonald family moved to Nevada County in 2008, and, in 2009, Eddie was asked by his high school friend, George Woods, to be part of the ring crew for the Draft Horse Classic. Eddie continued to volunteer at the Draft Horse Classic each year and two years ago Larry joined him on the crew. Additionally, Barbara and Larry’s horse boarding business, La Vida Buena Ranch, have been sponsors of the Draft Horse Classic; and, in 2013, Barbara began volunteering at the Halter Classes during the Classic.

The Garcia-McDonald family are also active in the Fairgrounds Foundation. Eddie joined the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation in 2011 as a director, followed by Barbara in 2013, and Larry in 2014. She now serves as Treasurer, and she and Larry operate the Foundation Station that opened in 2014.

“The Fair has such a sense of tradition and is the focal point of summer fun and community,” says Barbara. “The Nevada County Fairgrounds are so unique and beautiful and the Fair is such an integral part of our community. Having been to other fairs, we see how special the Nevada County Fair is and we want to make sure that the Fair continues to provide that feeling for generations to come.”

Nancy and Eddie Garcia met in high school, and have been married 54 years this year. They lived briefly in Barcelona where Barbara was born and then moved back to California where they started a furniture business. Barbara joined the family business after she graduated from Santa Clara University. Larry grew up in San Leandro and followed his father into the trucking business. Barbara and Larry married in 2004; and they have a daughter, Shayna, who attends Sierra College and works at Echo Valley Ranch in Auburn. Today, Barbara is the Chief Workshop Manager at Build A Bear Workshop at the Galleria at Roseville, while Larry owns a trucking company.

“The Garcias and the McDonalds are great supporters of the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, former CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “Their passion for the Fair developed as soon as they moved to Nevada County, and it was through their vision that the new beer booth, Foundation Station, was designed and built in 2014. Because of their eye for operational detail and their public relation skills, the success of the Foundation Station continues. It is an honor to recognize both families for their generosity and volunteer efforts.”

The Garcia-McDonald 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.

Photo by Shaffers Originals.

Garcia-McDonald family (Family of the Year)

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Treat Street: What’s Your Favorite?

Treat Street, oh how we love you!! So many choices! What’s your favorite treat from Treat Street? Leave a comment on our Facebook page and we’ll randomly choose a few names for a free admission ticket.

Treat Street collage (2015)

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Community Involvement Day: August 3

Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets to the Fair

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource are teaming up on August 3 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair.  These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, August 3, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and Nevada County 2-1-1 will receive a coupon to redeem for one free admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. That’s two for the price of one!

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource blood mobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food. For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit www.foodbankofnc.org.

Foothill Lions: Donate an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, including chapter books for teens.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Donate new backpacks, new lunch boxes, and new school supplies. Visit www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org for information.

Sierra Harvest: Donate new or gently used garden tools, including shovels, rakes, stackable boxes, and small tarps. Visit www.SierraHarvest.org for information.

NEO: Donate paper, paint supplies, sharpies, general craft supplies, ping pong and foosball supplies, yoga mats, and music equipment. Visit www.ncneo.org for information.

BloodSource:  For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot (Gate 1) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org or call 1-866-822-5663.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on August 3 between the hours of  1- 6 pm.

Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for the donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 11. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

This year’s Fair is August 12 – 16. Visit  NevadaCountyFair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.


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Spelling Bee (Enter by July 24)

Looking for a fun contest at the Fair? It’s the “Catch the Spelling Bee” youth spelling contest. Held on Wednesday of the Fair, this contest will feature prizes and fun. Registration required by July 24. Details to register are here. A list of spelling words can be found here.

Spelling Bee


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Newlywed Game Fun At the Fair

New at this year’s Nevada County Fair, it’s the “Catch the Newlywed Game!” This event will feature nine couples competing for prizes for each game. Would you and your spouse like to compete? If so, applications are now available for this fun opportunity!

This fun game will feature three games – one for those married on the Fairgrounds, one for those married after June 2010, and one for those married before 1980 – and is limited to nine couples.

Couples are taken on a first come, first serve basis; so get that application turned in early. The entry fee is $20 per couple, and includes free admission to the Fair. Applications are due by Friday, July 31.

Rules and a registration form can be found on-line, by calling the Fair Office at 273-6217, or sending an e-mail to .

Interested in other special contests? Check out the list of fun contests happening at this year’s Fair!

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