Fair Traditions: 31 Years of Attending the Nevada County Fair

Fair traditions: Meet Kortney Prochaska, who has made the Nevada County Fair a family tradition by attending the Fair every single day for 31 years! While Kortney and her sister (who was born during the Fair and has also attended the fair every year) grew up in Grass Valley, she currently lives in Marysville and drives up every day after work to attend.  Why does she like the Nevada County Fair? “I feel safe there, it’s like a family reunion, I love Treat Street and wait for it all year, and I love seeing the excitement of my kids when they get to experience the Fair. It’s the best Fair there is!”  She continues the tradition with her sons, who have never missed a year either. Thank you, Kortney, for making us part of your family traditions!
Do you have a Fair tradition? Or have you been attending the Fair for many, many years? Let us know, as we’d love to feature your story. 🙂
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Enter the Ultimate Food Contests at the Fair

How about entering one of the Ultimate Food Contests in this year’s Fair? Summer salads, your best dish, salsa, brownies and pie are all part of this year’s daily contests. Sign up by July 23 or bring a dish to the Fair on the day of the contest. Details are available here.  


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Carriage at the Fairgrounds

There are little Fair reminders everywhere! 🙂 This beauty can be found in the RV Park at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Isn’t it fantastic?! A shout out to our gardener, Lindsay, for her creative work on this display and a huge thank you to Tom and Betty Dorville and family for the donation of the carriage to the Fairgrounds! We love that the community can enjoy this year-round!

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This Week at the Fairgrounds: Music in the Mountains Summerfest

Music in the Mountains 37th annual SummerFest continues this week with four thrilling outdoor concerts featuring world-class musicians and conductors performing under the towering pines at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds. Purchase your tickets at the gate or here. Photo by Kial James Photography + Design


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Fair Fun! Leave a Comment for a Chance to Win an Admission Ticket

This year’s Nevada County Fair opens in 45 days! What will be the first thing you do when you visit the Fair? Or, is this your first year attending? Leave a comment on our Facebook page we’ll randomly choose a few winners to receive a free admission ticket to the Nevada County Fair.


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Donate Your 4H and FFA Clothes (The White Barn Project)

Do you have any 4H or FFA clothing donations or do you know someone who needs an outfit for Fair? Check out the article about The White Barn Project, a free clothing exchange to benefit all 4H and FFA families outfitting their kids for the Fair.   See below for donation days (days to drop off clothing) and distribution days (days to receive a uniform or clothing item). 

Donation Days (donate items):
Saturday, June 23, 9 – 11:30 in the Kmart Parking Lot (near entrance to the lot)
Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm at the Interfaith Food Ministry in Grass Valley

Distribution Days (receive a uniform or clothing items):
Friday, July 20, 4 – 8 pm
Saturday, July 21, 8 am – 2 pm

For information, visit The White Barn Project Facebook page here


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Flower Arranging Workshop Success

Congratulations to the graduates of the 2018 Flower Arranging Workshop. This fun class is offered each year at the Fairgrounds by the Chicago Park Garden Club. Watch for these kids as they enter their floriculture exhibits at the Fair. Great job, kiddos. It was fun having you here today!

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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!” 

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Fair Partners with County Libraries for Summer Reading Program

The Nevada County Fair is partnering with the Nevada County libraries for its Summer Reading Program. Through this program, children read books and then create a project that will be on display at the Fair. Additionally, children who complete the program will receive coupons for two free carnival rides at this year’s Fair. Information can be found here. Happy reading!


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June 9 – 18: Grounds Closed to Pedestrians in Preparation for Bluegrass Festival

In preparation for the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 14 – 17, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Saturday, June 9.  The Fairgrounds will reopen its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Monday, June 18.  This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours.  If you are interested in attending the Bluegrass Festival, visit here


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