Community Involvement Day Aug. 2

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with local, nonprofit organizations for Community Involvement Day.

Monday August 2, 2021, 1pm – 6pm, Main Street Center

The Nevada County Fairgrounds will be teaming up with local nonprofits for Community Involvement Day!

Community Involvement Day is an opportunity for people to donate goods to local nonprofits in exchange for 2-for-1 advance sale ticket coupons for the Fair.  Those who donate blood to Vitalant will receive a free admission ticket to Fair.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Canned soups and canned fruit with easy open tops, granola bars, pasta, cereal, instant meals (dry soup, oatmeal packs and rice cups)
Foothill Lions: Used hearing aids or prescription eye glasses.

Bright Futures for Youth: Craft supplies (including watercolor paints, acrylic paints, canvases, paint brushes, markers – no beads or glitter, please); gift carts (grocery, gas, local stores, Kmart, JC Penney, Target, etc); toiletries (feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, travel size shampoo); school supplies; winter jackets; new lap blankets; cell phones (unlocked, not AT&T or Cricket); Simple Mobile Sim Cards / Minute Cards; packaged snacks, stamps; wet wipes.

Story Club of Nevada County: Children’s Books

Connecting Point: Toiletries (including soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes, personal hygiene products, toilet paper, etc) for the Spirit Peer Empowerment Center.

Karing Closet of Nevada County: 2-gallon Ziplock bags; index cards; sharpies; hair ties; socks; underwear, bras, leggings, sweats, hoodies, shoes (Vans, Keds or Converse); pajamas, plain t-shirts, shorts, cardigans (clothing items should be new or very gently used in sizes from newborn to teen and preferably labeled and bagged for distribution to kids in need).

Community Beyond Violence: Diapers (any size, but extra need for sizes 4, 5 & 6); baby wipes; paper towels; disinfectant sprays & wipes; hand soap; disposable latex-free gloves; feminine hygiene products; toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, etc).

Nevada County Diaper Project: Unopened packages of diapers for any age children (newborn to 6 or pullups); monetary donations.

The White Barn Project: Gently used 4H and FFA clothing used for Fair – white button up shirts (short and long sleeve); white jeans; FFA jackets; 4H hats/scarves; brown or black belts or boots.

Vitalant: For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the at the Nevada County Fair Blood Drive. Walk ups welcome. Or you can make an appointment. To make an appointment and for more information, visit and enter Blood Drive Code SMFM739.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Bright Futures for Youth, Story Club of Nevada County, Connecting Point, Karing Closet of Nevada County, Community Beyond Violence, Nevada County Diaper Project, or Soroptimist International of Grass Valley’s White Barn Project will receive a coupon to buy one advance special $7 admission ticket and receive one free. That’s two for the price of one!

Those who make a blood donation to Vitalant on Community Involvement Day at the Nevada County Fair Blood Drive will receive a free admission ticket good for any day of the Fair.

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 Main Street Center inside Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds on August 2, 2021 between 1- 6 pm. Coupons (buy one, get one free) received for donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which are available through August 10, 2021. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at the Gate 1 Guest Services location.

This year’s Fair is August 11-15. For information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

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Now Hiring: Seasonal Maintenance Aides

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is hiring seasonal maintenance aides. Primary duties include cleaning up and maintaining the Fairgrounds; assisting with routine building maintenance and janitorial duties; operating hand tools, power tools, and small to heavy equipment; performing grounds maintenance, including mowing grass, raking, operating a string trimmer, chipping, removing trash and debris, and performing other landscape related tasks. The Fairgrounds really is a fun place to work and we’ll keep you busy! For job description and an application, visit here

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Become a Proud Partner of the 2021 Nevada County Fair

Become a proud partner of the 2021 Nevada County Fair! We have many opportunities available, including year-round, theme day, arena events and stage sponsorships. Your support benefits our community Fairgrounds and also provides the opportunity to promote your business to the 90,000+ visitors attending Nevada County’s biggest event. We are so thankful for our community partners and their support!

For sponsorship opportunities – visit here

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Be an Awards Sponsor for the Still Exhibit and Livestock Program at the Nevada County Fair

In anticipation of the 2021 Nevada County Fair, we are rolling out a brand new way to sign up as an awards sponsor for the still exhibits and livestock programs. These digital forms will allow you to see every award that is available to be sponsored, including descriptions of the awards and prices. We’ve added some new awards this year and removed others, but rest assured that there are plenty of opportunities to sponsor. You can sponsor awards under your own name, a company or organization, or in honor or recognition of a friend or loved one.
There are two forms- one for livestock, horse, and small animals and the other for still exhibits and Ag Mechanics.
The generosity of our community makes it possible to have such an outstanding awards program. Without you, it simply wouldn’t be possible. If you have any questions or need assistance making your selections, please call the Fairgrounds at (530) 273-6217.
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May 1 Volunteer Work Day – ALL SHIFTS HAVE BEEN FILLED

May 1 Volunteer Work Day


After more than a year without events, California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds needs some spring cleaning. An enthusiastic group of Nevada County Fairgrounds’ lovers is planning a May 1 work day. Individuals, families, service organizations, high school students and everyone willing to roll up their sleeves are invited to trim flowers and bushes, clean garden begs, spread compost, prep lawns for mowing, pressure wash and paint, whack weeds, rake pine needles, and pick up pine cones, sticks and trash.

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Market Steer and Junior Horse Entries Due April 9

Attention 2021 Nevada County Fair Youth Exhibitors! Market Steer and Junior Horse entries are due tomorrow, Friday, April 9 by 4 pm. Before the deadline, be sure to properly enter your selected classes – including showmanship – and complete the Code of Practice and Contact Form with the required photo and proof of ownership attachments. You will need complete the YQCA training and have your certificate number to enter, so do not wait until the last minute. For more information and links, please visit: 🐴🐮🏆🏅

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Thank You, Grass Valley Sportsmen’s Club

Thank you to the Grass Valley Sportsmen’s Club, represented by Jody Stover and George Chileski, for stopping by the Fairgrounds yesterday to drop off a donation of $1,000 to the Fairgrounds after a unanimous decision from their Board to make the donation. Jody and George said the club recognizes that 2020 was a difficult year for the Fairgrounds and wants to help support our work. They are hopeful (as are we!) for a 2021 Fair. We are so thankful for the support! If you know members of the GV Sportsmen’s Club, please be sure to thank them for the generous donation.
Photo: GV Sportsmen George Chileski and Jody Stover present a $1,000 check to Fairgrounds CEO Patrick Eidman.
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Fairgrounds Fundraiser: Drive Thru Italian Pasta Dinner


Contact:         Sandy Woods, President, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
(530) 477-2097;


 The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, in partnership with the Foothill Lions Club, is hosting a Drive Thru Italian Pasta Dinner as a fundraiser for the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Tickets are on sale now at for a delicious Italian pasta dinner that feeds four people. Each family dinners includes spaghetti and sauce, four Italian sausages, four meatballs, green salad with Italian dressing, garlic bread and four cannoli for only $45.

All orders must be placed by April 9. Pick up is on Saturday, April 17 between 4-6 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 2, Ponderosa Hall. This event is pre-sales only and there are no onsite sales, so order today.

Tickets are available online at All proceeds benefit the community’s Nevada County Fairgrounds, which has been severely financially impacted by the restrictions on mass gatherings caused by COVID-19.

For more information, visit or call (530) 273-6217.

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Higgins Diggins Lions Club Donates $1,000 and Challenges Other Service Clubs

Recently the Higgins Diggins Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.  In presenting the check, Higgins Diggins Lions Club President Laura Barhydt expressed the club’s passion and concern for the ongoing viability of the Nevada County Fairgrounds given the pandemic’s huge negative impact on the community’s Fairgrounds. President Barhydt, along with members of the club, is challenging other Nevada County non-profit service clubs to step up to matching Higgins Diggins’ donation to help the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Higgins Diggins Lions Club has a long record of service in the community going back more than forty years.  The Club’s major sources of revenue are the rental of the Higgins Lions Community Center, the annual Crab & Shrimp Feed, See’s candy sales during Christmas and Valentine’s day and, most recently, producing Drive Thru dinners.  The club has a strong membership that give freely of their time and resources to provide for the betterment of the community. 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation is focused upon building a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the Fairgrounds.  Currently the major focus of the Foundation is to simply keep the Fairgrounds financially viable so that it will once again thrive as a great community asset.  The directors of the Foundation expressed their sincere appreciation for Higgins Diggins generous donation and expressed hopes that other service clubs will take up President Barhydt and the Higgins Diggins Lions Club’s challenge.

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