For the health and safety of our employees and guests, the Nevada County Fairgrounds are closed to the public until further notice. Staff are available to assist customers and answer questions by phone at (530) 273-6217 or email at .
We are closely monitoring the recommendations for COVID-19 and are in communication with our local and state officials. Pursuant to guidance from the Center for Disease Control, all public events in March have been cancelled and we’re working closely with promoters for events scheduled in April and May.
The Fairgrounds team is busy at work planning for the annual Nevada County Fair in August, the Draft Horse Classic in September and the Country Christmas Faire in November. Thank you for your understanding. We hope to reopen soon.
Due to the continued presence of Virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to cancel live poultry exhibits and the poultry and market egg show at the 2020 Nevada County Fair.
The decision was made after Dr. Annette Jones, California State Veterinarian with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), recommended cancelling poultry shows and poultry exhibits in California out of an abundance of caution until the regional quarantine in Southern California is lifted. The recommendation comes after a recent flareup of disease in the Southern California regional quarantine area, and the risk it poses to Fairs and poultry shows throughout the state.
Virulent Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious respiratory disease of birds, including chickens, that spreads quickly and is almost always deadly to poultry. Virus particles can spread by direct contact between birds, and people can spread the disease by moving infected birds, moving equipment and feed, and by wearing clothing and shoes that have been in infected areas. The only way to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease is to euthanize infected birds, and all birds within highly infected areas.
The Nevada County Fair joins numerous other fairs and poultry organizations in California to cancel shows following the recommendation from the State Veterinarian.
“This decision was not made lightly, and we are all disappointed to have another Fair without live poultry exhibits,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We can only hope that with most other Fairs following the same recommendation and CDFA’s proactive work in Southern California, that the restrictions will be lifted in time to have poultry return to the 2021 Nevada County Fair.”
To ensure that youth exhibitors in the poultry barn have opportunities to participate in the Fair, there will be various classes within the Youth Poultry Department, including a poultry poster contest and educational poultry booth displays.
Other livestock events and exhibits are expected to proceed as usual at the Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. For information about the Fair, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.
Introducing the 2020 Nevada County Fair poster, created by talented local artist/illustrator Kathy Dotson. We’re love the different fun elements of this design, and how she captured this year’s theme of “Miners, Marigolds & Memories!” Thank you, Kathy! We’re so excited for the 2020 Fair!
The Nevada County Fairgrounds has a vacant Treat Street booth and is seeking a local nonprofit group to operate the booth at the 2020 Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16. This is a unique fundraising opportunity for a local organization and a fun way to be part of Treat Street at the Nevada County Fair!
The booth is located on “South Treat Street,” near Gate 5, between the popular NEO and SEED booths. Applicants may choose the food or beverage of their choice to serve from the booth, but proposed menu items must not conflict with existing concessions and must appeal to Fairgoers. In addition to preparing the food, the group must provide necessary equipment for the booth and staffing from 10 am – 11 pm during the five days of the Fair. Menu items for the booth will be pre-approved by Fair Management.
The Nevada County Fair’s Treat Street consists of community nonprofit service organizations. Last year, food and beverage concessions generated more than $1 million in sales at the Fair.
The application with additional information is available here. Interested nonprofit organizations must complete the application by March 20, 2020. For questions or to schedule a tour of the booth, contact Amy at 273-6217 or email .
Are you interested in being a vendor at the 2020 Country Christmas Faire? Last year’s event had almost 10,000 visitors! If you’re interested in being part of this unique event, the application is available here.
Photo by Lenkaland Photography.
Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation at its tenth annual All-You-Can-Eat Cioppino and Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 7 in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm and dinner service begins at 6 pm.
For the event, the Foothill Lions Club will create and serve Arnie Romanello’s special 109-year-old recipe for all to enjoy. Dinner includes antipasto, all-you-can-eat Cioppino, pasta, salad and garlic bread. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a live auction.
Tickets are $45 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for 8, it is $450 and includes two bottles of wine. Tickets are available by visiting here.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s Fairgrounds, and supporting youth in agriculture.
For more information about the Cioppino Feed or the Foundation, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.
Introducing the 2020 Draft Horse Classic poster! This year’s artwork was created by talented artist Katherine Plumer and is titled “Rosebud.” Katherine is a long-time exhibitor at Art at the Classic and Rosebud is well-known at the Classic. A perfect match and the artwork is stunning! Thank you, Katherine, for the beautiful artwork! And a big thank you to Kial James for the poster design.
We’re proud to announce that the Nevada County Fair took home 16 awards last week from the annual Western Fairs Association‘s Annual Achievement Awards program. Some of those awards included awards for our collaboration with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (Search for the Sheriff Star), the T-Rex Races at the Destruction Derby (another partnership with local law enforcement), our Fun Fair Camp, Family Farm (a partnership with the Nevada County Farm Bureau Foundation), our “Farms, Food & Fun!” theme development, the yard games in Magic Forest, and two of our photos. A huge thank you to our community and businesses for their continued support and partnerships with the Fairgrounds. Without you, none of these awards would be possible!