New Pergola at Lions Lake

A huge thank you to Zachary Wernke for building this beautiful pergola for the community to enjoy while visiting Lions Lake. Zach, who built the pergola for his Eagle Scout Project, chose to do work at the Fairgrounds because the grounds represent a big part of his childhood. He’s spent years volunteering, attending events and showing animals at the Fair and he has many happy memories here. He said he is proud of the project and to be able to give back to the community. Thank you, Zachary, for your hard work and service!

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds and RV Park.

Suggest a Slogan for the 2020 Fair

Submit the winning slogan and win a prize package to the 2020 Nevada County Fair

The 2020 Fair theme is all about local traditions, and the Fairgrounds is holding a contest to find the winning slogan for the 2020 Fair. Nevada County is rich in history and cherished traditions and we’d like to feature those traditions at the Nevada County Fair. Do you have a catchy or fun slogan for the Fair that features a local tradition? If so, submit it!

Visit this page to submit a slogan. Be creative and have fun! If the slogan you submit is selected, you win. The winner will receive a 2020 Nevada County Fair package that includes two free admission tickets for each day of the Fair, a 5-day parking pass for the Fair, and ride coupons.

Submissions must be five words or less and trademarked slogans will not be considered. The contest is open to Nevada County residents only and runs through November 13, 2019. Entry forms are also available at the Nevada County Fairgrounds office. No phone entries will be accepted.

Each year, the Fair slogan appears on advertisements, posters, banners and on social media; and is used to determine special contests, exhibit categories, and decorations for the annual Fair.

The 2020 Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 12 – 16. For a complete list of contest rules or information, click here or call (530) 273-6217.

Categories: Announcements.

Innergrounds Open to the Public

Power is on at the Fairgrounds! We have reopened the inner grounds to the public, but please use Gate 5.

PG&E is utilizing Gate 1 and the Gate 1 Parking Lot as a staging area for crews and equipment, so those areas remain closed to the public until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the power outage.

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Inner Grounds and Gate 1 Closed to Walkers & Public

Due to the scheduled public safety power shutoff (PSPS), and the use of the parking area as a staging area for PG&E, the inner grounds and Gate 1 will be closed to walkers and the public effective Wednesday morning until the power outage is lifted. The dump station at the RV Park will also be closed during this time. This weekend’s Alpaca Show is scheduled to continue as planned. 

Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

2019 Nevada County Fair Wrap-Up

A record setting year for Fair auctions and youth in agriculture, 7,200 community exhibits, numerous community partnerships, T-Rex Races, and more than $1.1 million raised by local nonprofit organizations and food vendors all made for a successful 2019 Nevada County Fair. Below is a wrap-up of the 2019 Fair.

  • Approximately 96,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
  • A record-breaking $1,125,000 was raised by local nonprofit organizations on Treat Street and Fair food vendors.
  • There were 221 lots sold at the Junior Livestock Auction and 59 projects sold at the Ag Mechanics Auction. Together, the two auctions grossed a record setting $736,000 for the youth of Nevada County. This is an increase of $65,000 over 2018.
  • This year’s Fair included more than 7,200 exhibit entries. From homemade jellies and jams, photography, fruits and vegetables, baked cookies, quilts, fairy gardens, and homebrew, the Fair’s exhibit program offers more than a thousand classes for children and adults to enter and showcases the talents of the community.
  • A total of 78 businesses sponsored and partnered with the Fair to fund services and projects, including contests in the special events tent, charging stations, free shuttle rides, and the hay bucking contest.
  • One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with Vitalant, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Nevada County 211, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, Nevada County Diaper Project, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and The White Barn Project to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 2,000 pounds of food were collected, 68 blood donors were registered and 54 pints of blood were donated, and 800 books, 300 prescription eye glasses, 75 prom dresses, and 900 diapers were donated.
  • More than 120 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
  • The first annual T-Rex race was held at Sunday’s Destruction Derby. The race, which featured local law enforcement and first responders competed for the coveted T-Rex trophy, made local and national news.
  • The Fair teamed up with the Nevada County Library on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 320 coupons were given to young readers in our community.
  • The Fair partnered with the Nevada County Farm Bureau Foundation to create the Family Farm, an area dedicated to education in local agriculture.

“The Nevada County Fair is a reflection of this community,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It represents local partnerships, extraordinary volunteer efforts, hardworking kids in the barns, and amazing generosity. Our community is what makes this Fair so special, and we are extremely thankful for their continued support. “

The 2020 Nevada County Fair is August 12 – 16, 2020.

Categories: Site Updates.

Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 33rd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Larry Honsberger of Elmore, Ohio judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the four-day event. Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for more than $35,000 in premium awards.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Unhitched Ranch of Colton, CA. Audrey Popoff, also of Unhitched Ranch, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award, as well as the Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award, was presented to Susan McCarty of Live Oak Belgians, based in Upper Lake, CA. Josh Albrecht won the Youth of the Show award.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured almost 50 artists, was Katherine Plumer of Wilton, CA for her colored pencil art titled “Rosebud.” The People’s Choice award also went to Katherine.

The winner in the 2019 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Darby Holden.

At the Harvest Fair, more than 700 items were entered, including scarecrows, arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods. People’s Choice winners include Jim Drew in the Baked Foods Division, Kristi Bashor for Preserved Foods, Katie Savage for Youth/Teen Arts and Crafts, Joan Fowle for Artistic Flowers and Garden, Jon Robinson for Scarecrows, Justin Larsen for Arts & Crafts by People with Special Needs, and Lyn Muth for Nevada County Grown.

A complete list of 2019 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, can be found here.

The 2020 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 17 – 20, 2020. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2020.

Meadowlake Belgians – winner of the 2019 Six-Up Hitch Championship. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

Unhitched Ranch – winner of the 2019 Ultimate Hitch Award. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.