SOLD OUT: Crab, Shrimp and Pasta

SOLD OUT The Fairgrounds Foundation’s Annual Fundraiser, March 4

Join the Foundation at its 11th annual fundraiser, an All-You-Can-Eat Crab, Shrimp, and Pasta Feed, on Saturday, March 4, in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5 pm, and dinner service begins at 6 pm. Before dinner, appetizers will be served in the lounge, allowing patrons to participate in a raffle of marvelous gift baskets and special ticket packages to the 2023 Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic.

For the event, the Foothill Lions Club, along with Foundation volunteers, will prepare a delicious meal. Dinner includes antipasto skewers, all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp, pasta, Caesar salad, and garlic bread. A no-host bar will be available, and there will be a silent dessert auction and a very lively live auction.

Dinner reservations are $65 per person. If you’d like to purchase a table for eight, it is $650 and includes two bottles of wine. Dinner reservations can be made by clicking on the link below.

Purchase Tickets HERE

Dinner reservations are also available by visiting the Nevada County Fairgrounds administration office at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass
Valley. Seating is limited, so don’t wait!!

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation and its mission of supporting and improving the community’s beautiful Fairgrounds and supporting our youth in agriculture.

For more information about the Crab & Shrimp Feed or the Foundation,  call (530) 273-6217, ext. 219.

Categories: Announcements and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

New CEO Appointed

January 4, 2023

Board of Directors Selects New Chief Executive Officer

Nevada County, CA: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Trygg. Mr. Trygg will assume his role on Sunday, January 15, 2023.

Trygg, well known to the community for his Public Information Officer role at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, brings decades of fair knowledge to this position. Nearly 25 years ago Trygg began working at the fairgrounds over summer break as a fair-time trash crew member. Throughout the following years, Trygg worked in several different positions as a seasonal employee.

From 1995-1998, Trygg was a member of the Junior Fair Board and in 2012 he was appointed to the Nevada County Fair Board by Governor Jerry Brown. Trygg most recently served two years as the Board President. During his time as President, Trygg served as the Interim CEO in 2021 after the resignation of Patrick Eidman.

“In part to Andrew’s leadership during his time as Board President, we successfully navigated the COVID pandemic and a CEO vacancy,” said Board President Jim Franks. “Over the years, Andrew has been willing to jump in and get things done. He has already built solid connections with the talented Fair staff and partners and will be able to hit the ground running on day one. It was a very competitive hiring process and we appreciate everyone that applied.”

“I grew up here, attending the fair every summer and typically all five days. Once I was old enough for a summer job, the fairgrounds was the first place I looked,” said Trygg. “I am honored to be selected by the Board as the next CEO and look forward to reconnecting the fairgrounds with the community.”

As CEO, Trygg will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, the Country Christmas Faire, interim events and facility rentals, the RV Park, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

This year the fair runs from August 9-13, 2023.

Trygg CEO Press Release

Media Contact:
Jim Franks, Board President

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Now Hiring

NOW HIRING! California’s most beautiful Fairgrounds are now hiring for seasonal maintenance staff who will assist with grounds keeping, irrigation, building maintenance, event set-up and tear down, janitorial, using hand tools, and operating equipment.

Must work well in a team environment, have strong customer service skills, and be willing to work outside in a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. A current, valid California Driver’s License is required.

Several positions are available, with options for part-time or full-time schedules. These positions are limited to a maximum of 1000 hours per year with most available hours during the Summer and Fall.

Gardener Assistant:
Looking for energetic individuals to help with planting, raking, and irrigation of the beautiful grounds of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs., stoop and bend on occasion.
Grounds Worker:
Looking for an energetic individual to assist in the upkeep and beautification of our Nevada County Fairgrounds. Facility maintenance with a variety of projects involving painting, cleaning, setting up for events, etc.

Complete the application below and return it, along with a resume, to the Drop Box at the Nevada County Fairgrounds Administration Office or mail it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds at 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA  95949 or email it to

pdf Nevada County Fairgrounds Employment Application

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Membership Drive!

Annual Membership Drive

The stated mission of the Fairgrounds Foundation is to build a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contribution to the fairgrounds. During the past two years we’ve come to realize that our mission is far more than that – our mission is to provide financial resources to save our wonderful fairgrounds and ensure that it will continue to thrive and remain a valuable community asset for future generations.

Your membership is critical to protect and enhance our great community asset, the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Take it a step further – Do you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who loves the Fair? Please encourage them to join the foundation and protect the fair! We greatly appreciate your support!

Foundation Membership Application  

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Categories: Announcements, Latest News, and Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

New CEO Appointed

January 26, 2022

For Immediate Release:

Nevada County, CA: The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Dale Chasse. Mr. Chasse will assume his role on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Chasse comes from an extensive background working in the entertainment industry working in several positions including pre-show production, security consulting, and event promotion. Prior to joining the fairgrounds, Chasse was a Bureau Chief for the Department of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento. In this role, Chasse brings enforcement and budget administration experience, as well as strong public relations qualifications having worked with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

“We are excited that Dale shares the same passion for our beloved fairgrounds as the board and staff. Recognizing the value of this community asset, Dale will be working to add additional events to keep our fairgrounds busy throughout the year,” said Andrew Trygg, Board President. Dale saw his opportunity to come back to his roots, the entertainment, and fairgrounds industry, and is excited to join the fair family.”

“It’s a dream to come back to the industry where I got my start, working with shows and concerts, and being an integral part of Nevada County, our community I call home” says Mr. Chasse.

Chasse lives in Penn Valley with his wife and two children; his daughter who is currently attending Sierra College and getting ready to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall, and their son who attends Nevada Union as a senior also getting ready for college. His wife Danyae is in the teaching profession as an academic coach; the entire family is very active in the community.

As CEO, Chasse will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, the Country Christmas Faire, interim events and facility rentals, the RV Park, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.


Media Contact:

Andrew Trygg, Board President

Dale Chasse

Categories: Announcements and Site Updates.