Enter an Exhibit in the Nevada County Fair

Start the Fair season now by entering an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair! Did you know that more than 7,000 exhibits were created by our talented community and featured at last year’s Fair?  The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!

How about showcasing a child’s artwork from school, baking cupcakes or cookies, entering a photo, creating a produce character, making the Ugliest Decorated Cake, writing a poem, entering the Pet Look-A-Like photo contest, entering one of the daily special food contests, or showcasing fresh fruits or vegetables from your garden? This year, we have some fun new categories like a cell phone photo contest, Minecraft, Zentangle art, homebrew, kite decorating, and the California State Parks youth photo contest. With hundreds of categories available for children and adults, the Competition Handbook has something for everyone.

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite categories, and follow the steps for completing the entry forms. You can even enter online here.  Most categories are free to enter, and you can enter online or at the Fair office. The deadline for submitting entry forms and online entries forms for still exhibits is July 23. Entries are limited to Nevada County residents only.

Copies of the free handbook are available at the Fairgrounds’ Office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, Raley’s, SPD, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses, as well as here.   

The 2018 Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12, and the Fair theme is “Bushels of Fun!” 

Categories: Nevada County Fair and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Treat Street Facts: Tall Pines Nursery School

Treat Street Fun Facts: Did you know the Tall Pines Nursery School food booth serves delicious Round Table Pizza during the Fair? Choose from freshly baked cheese or pepperoni by the slice or you can buy an entire pizza for the family. The slices are huge, the pizzas are made fresh each day, and they even have a kids’ meal. Tall Pines also has their own seating area with shade and picnic tables. The pizza booth is their largest fundraiser, and all of the proceeds raised from the Fair fund the school curriculum, cooking with the kids, field trips, arts and craft projects, and a children-grown garden. Thank you, Tall Pines Nursery School, for all the love you put into the little learners in our community!

Categories: Nevada County Fair and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

Coin Dig and Mutton Bustin’ at the Nevada County Fair

Two fun events – Mutton Bustin’ and the Coin Dig – are planned for young children during the Flying U Extreme Rodeo in the arena on Wednesday and Thursday evening of the Nevada County Fair. The Coin Dig is available to all children (10 and under) in attendance at the rodeo; however, if you have children interested in participating in Mutton Bustin’ (ages 4 – 7 and no more than 60 pounds), please visit the Fair Office to pay the entry fee and complete the registration forms. Give us a call at 273-6217 if you have any questions.
Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Fair Partners with Libraries for Summer Reading Program

The Nevada County Fair is partnering with the @Nevada_county_library for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children read books and create 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 here for details. Happy reading! Photo by @nevada_county_library.

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fair.

Coloring Contest

The Fairgrounds is hosting a coloring contest for children and adults as part of the Country Christmas Faire. Coloring sheets will be inserted in The Union on November 2, and also available at the Fairgrounds office and here. There are two drawings to choose from, so choose your favorite and color away! It’s free to enter and all entries will be displayed at the Country Christmas Faire on Thanksgiving weekend. Winners in each category will receive 2017 Fair admission tickets. Have fun!

pdf Coloring Sheets for the Coloring Competition


Categories: Country Christmas Faire.

Movies Under the Pines

The Nevada City Film Festival (NCFF), City of Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds presents Movies Under the Pines, an outdoor cinema experience for the entire family,

Building on the success and excitement of the previous two summer’s screenings of family friendly films at both Pioneer Park in Nevada City and the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, NCFF has selected six films that both kids and parents will enjoy.

“Movies Under the Pines is one of those endearing and sweet community events that warm your heart.  We wanted this year’s films to reflect that feeling,” says Jesse Locks, Festival Director.  “It is so popular, we have people travel from all over to experience this movie magic in a beautiful outdoor setting,”

This year’s line up includes the cinematic masterpiece The Wizard of Oz, May 20th at the Fairgrounds; Wes Anderson’s endearing coming of age story Moonrise Kingdom, June 4 at Pioneer Park; the Pixar masterpiece Finding Nemo, June 10 at the Fairgrounds; the rousing time-travel adventure Back to the Future on July 8 at the Fairgrounds; Tim Burton’s comic, romantic and haunting film fantasy Edward Scissorhands July 9 at Pioneer Park; and finally concluding with everyone’s favorite The Goonies, August 27 at Pioneer Park.

The film festival brings in state of the art projection and sound to create an outdoor movie theatre on the grass at each venue.   Before each screening NCFF curates a special pre-show that includes screening local filmmakers works, movie trivia with fun festival prizes, and other events specific to each screening.  Last year the Nevada County Fencing Club showed attendees how to fence prior to The Princess Bride and in honor of UP the festival decorated the park festively with multi-colored balloons.

Beer, wine, popcorn, soft drinks, and ice cream available for purchase. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed. Outside alcoholic beverages prohibited.  Blankets and low back chairs are suggested.

Gates open at 7:30pm for picnicking, films begin at Sunset, which depending on the time of year can be between 8 and 8:30pm.  Tickets $7/General Admission, $5/Children 12 & Under.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.nevadacityfilmfestival.com and will also be available at the gate of each location.

Movies Under the Pines (2016)

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Fair-Themed Camps at Community Canvas

Community Canvas is offering summer camps again this year, including the popular Nevada County Fair-themed camps where artists create Fair submissions. Sign up for a class and your child will leave with several completed masterpieces ready to enter in the Fair. Community Canvas even enters the exhibits for you! What a fun way to prepare exhibits for the Fair!

Community Canvas class 3

Community Canvas classes 1

Community canvas classes 2

Categories: Nevada County Fair.