Nevada County Fair exhibit contests are going virtual! Beginning Monday (July 6) we will be holding weekly virtual exhibit contests. Below is a list of weekly contests, rules, prize information and all the information you need to know to prepare to enter your exhibits. Enter one week or all weeks – the more the merrier!
- Contests run each week – Monday through Sunday at 5 pm
- All entries will be submitted electronically by Sunday at 5 pm.
- Limit one entry per person except for the final week (Blue Ribbon – Anything Goes), which is three entries per person.
- Submit entries by adding a photo to the Fairgrounds Facebook or Instagram post for the contest or send us a message at .
- When posting photos, please add the first name of exhibitor and age (add the age only if it is a youth entry) to the post.
- Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and our website each week.
- Winners will receive a ribbon and a free admission ticket to the 2021 Nevada County Fair.
- Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show and 1st – 6th place for adults and youth.
- All contests are open to adults and youth
- Have fun!!
Jul 6 – 12
Toilet Paper Roll Art
Create a piece of artwork out of toilet paper rolls
July 13 – 19
Paint a Rock
Paint a rock with your favorite design, animal, bug, flower or inspirational quote
July 20 – 26
Pet Costume Contest
Send a picture of your pet or livestock animal in a costume. Both of you can be in a costume or just your pet.
July 27 – August 2
Use vegetables and fruit to create a sculpture of your choice.
August 3 – 9
Draw Your Favorite Thing at the Fair
Create a drawing with paint, ink pens, pencils or whatever you choose to create a drawing of your favorite thing at the Fair.
August 10 – 16
Blue Ribbon Entry (Anything Goes)
Send us a photo of anything that you would have entered as an exhibit at the 2020 Fair. It can be any item for any department.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 30, 2020
2020 DRAFT HORSE CLASSIC CANCELED
Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Draft Horse Classic.
The Board made the decision to cancel the event after further reviewing the Governors executive orders and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings. According to the California Roadmap to Recovery, festivals, big outdoor events, and other large events are in Stage 4 of the reopening plan and will not be permitted until the roadmap is complete and all shelter in place restrictions are lifted. The Draft Horse Classic, which typically welcomes more than 15,000 to the Fairgrounds for the event, is considered a mass gathering event under the current guidelines.
“Unfortunately, similar to the decision we had to make for the Fair, we really didn’t have a choice in light of the restrictions on mass gatherings at this time,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “Still, it doesn’t make the decision any easier, as each event canceled has an impact on its participants, the community and the Fairgrounds, and it is disheartening to have to cancel another of our premier events. However, we have to follow the guidelines set by the Governor and State public health directives to postpone mass gatherings until we can safely host them again.”
This is the third time that the Draft Horse Classic has been canceled since its introduction in 1987. It was cancelled in 1988 due to the 49er Fire and in 1989 due to weather.
“The amazing Gentle Giant monument that stands at the entry to the Fairgrounds speaks to the special significance the Classic has to the Fairgrounds. Each year, we recognize and honor the incredible history of heavy working horses and their role in local agriculture and forestry,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We will miss our draft horse exhibitors and providing our community the opportunity to interact with those big beautiful horses, but we look forward to safely welcoming back the Classic in 2021.”
For more information about the Draft Horse Classic or the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.
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Save the date for the online Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction! Please share so that we can get the word out and support our junior livestock and ag mechanic exhibitors.
Despite the cancellation of the 2020 Nevada County Fair, we are still here. We are your Nevada County Fairgrounds. We are your Nevada County Fair.
Established in 1884, the Nevada County Fair is one of the county’s oldest community institutions. Adaptability and innovation are part of our history. During WWII, the Fair was canceled for several years, the Draft Horse Classic was displaced during the 49er Fire, and now the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic will be part of our story. We will prove, as we have time and again, that as a Fairgrounds and as a community we are stronger together.
We know the cancellation of the Fair will have a huge impact on the community, including all the hardworking agricultural youth exhibitors, local nonprofit organizations represented on Treat Street, and the Fairgrounds itself.
There are many questions right now, but the one we hear the most often is, “Can I help?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Here’s how:
- Visit here to bid and buy online at the official Nevada County Fair Junior Livestock and Ag Mechanics Auction August 13 – 15.
- Eat treats and support local nonprofits in August at the Drive-Through Treat Street events. Visit here to learn more.
- Visit here to donate, advocate, or join the Fairgrounds Foundation in support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
All the details can be found here.
Photo by Kial James
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 9, 2020
2020 NEVADA COUNTY FAIR CANCELED AMID COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Nevada County Fair due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Board also voted to authorize an online junior livestock and ag mechanics auction.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 26, 2020
NEVADA COUNTY FAIR BOARD POSTPONES 2020 FAIR DECISION
At the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting Tuesday evening, the decision regarding the status of the 2020 Nevada County Fair was postponed.
The decision comes in light of Governor Newsom’s announcement on Tuesday afternoon that California is moving rapidly into Stage 3 of the reopening plan.
The delay will allow Fairgrounds staff and the Board to conduct fact finding, communicate with State and local public health officials and review any updated guidance regarding mass gatherings.
“We recognize that the Nevada County Fair is a treasured local event and that the cancellation would have an enormous impact on the community,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “Given that, and in light of the Governor’s announcement this afternoon, we need to make a decision based on the most current information available.”
The 2020 Nevada County Fair decision will be considered at the next Fairgrounds Board of Directors meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
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While Fairgrounds are home to some of the largest annual celebrations in their communities, they are also home to people (and animals!) displaced during natural disasters like wildfires and flooding. Fairgrounds play a vital role in ensuring the safety of our community members during times of crisis and are critical to emergency response efforts. During May, in honor of the Fairgrounds Appreciation Month, take a moment and reflect on all that fairgrounds contribute to their community.
Today’s Fairgrounds Appreciation Month goes to our vendors, many of them family-owned, small businesses. Who doesn’t like shopping and picking up a goodie or two while visiting the Fair? At the Nevada County Fair, we fill Main Street Center, as well as parts of the grounds with these amazing vendors selling everything from handmade jewelry to hats to wooden signs to souvenirs to photos. We know this year has been tough on vendors, but they are a key part of the Fair experience and we are thankful for all of them. #fairstrong #fairgroundsappreciationmonth #wfaheretohelp