Enter an Exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic!

Calling all gardeners, crafters, bakers and artists of all ages! Would you like to enter an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic (September 19 – 22)! The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, September 13. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details can be found here!

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Bounty of the County

Returning to the Fairgrounds this Wednesday is Nevada County Grown’s 7th annual Bounty of the County. This farm-to-fork fundraiser brings together local winemakers, brewmasters and farmers, as well as chefs from local restaurants who will prepare amazing dishes using seasonal ingredients. In collaboration with Sierra Harvest, this year’s event will also feature a brand new children’s experience for kids 10 and under. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m.! To order tickets and view prices, visit nevadacountygrown.org.

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Treat Street!

Oh, how we love you, Treat Street! So many delicious choices! What’s your favorite treat on Treat Street? Leave a comment and we’ll randomly choose a few winners for a free admission ticket to the Fair. Photo by RHMImages.

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Hansen Family Recognized as Fair Family of the Year

The Hansen Family – Jeff, Andrea, Savannah May and Russell – have been named the 2019 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The Board chose the Hansen Family for their ongoing support of local youth in agriculture and their volunteer efforts and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

Jeff and Andrea, who both grew up in Nevada County, have been attending the Nevada County Fair since they were kids and have been active with the Junior Livestock Auction since they started dating. They married in 2004 and now love sharing these annual traditions with their two children, Savannah May, 12, and Russell, 10. This year, both kids will have livestock entries at the Fair – Savannah May has been raising a market steer and heifer while Russell has been raising a market hog.

“We all love the Nevada County Fair,” says Andrea. “Each year, the kids and I scour the Fair’s Competition Handbook as soon as it’s released to circle all the still exhibits and livestock entries we want to enter. Some of the kid’s yearly goals revolve around the Fair and its judging.”

In addition to entering livestock and exhibits at the Fair, the Hansen family volunteers at the auction each year and the four of them work at the Meadowlarks Pasty Booth. Savannah May loves doing barn duty and working in the red barn and Russell loves camping during the Fair and being with friends.

When asked about their favorite part of the Fair, Andrea says it’s the livestock. “We love the auction and supporting the auction,” she says. “Watching the kids on Sunday is so emotional because we know the dedication and commitment that goes into the care and raising of each animal. Now that our own kids are showing, it adds a whole new dynamic to our experience.”

Andrea says that the family was so surprised and honored to be chosen as the Fair family of the year and to represent their favorite county event. “Fair is a huge cumulation of people’s hard work – not only from people’s exhibits but also from fair employees – and it’s so fun to see all the moving parts and seeing it all on display. The Fair provides a unique, invaluable experience and life skills for our kids, and it provides friendships and a place for our children to meet others who have the same passions they do.”

While not at the Fair, Jeff operates Hansen Bros. Enterprises, serves on the Nevada Joint Union High School Ag Advisory Board and loves to hunt. Andrea is a teacher at Clear Creek School, where Russell and Savannah May attend, and she also serves as a Meadowlarks project leader. Savannah May plays basketball and volleyball and Russell enjoys riding dirt bikes, swimming and playing with his two dogs, Ketchup and Levi. Both kids also love spending countless hours with their animals in the barn.

The Hansen Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony and will also receive a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

2019 Arena Events

Don’t miss the spectacular arena events happening at the Nevada County Fair, August 7-11! This year features the new Motocross Madness happening on Thursday night! Returning favorites include the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Monster and Rough Trucks on Friday and Saturday, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday. Buy your tickets today!

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Thank you, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation

Thanks to our very own Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, the Pine Tree Stage will have new shade and lights for the Fair! Here’s a sneak peek (we’re not done yet). Now you can sit beneath the shade during Fair while enjoying your favorite goodie from Treat Street and listening to your favorite band. Thank you, Fairgrounds Foundation, for your continued support of California’s most beautiful Fairgrounds!

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Buy Fair Tickets Now

Who’s ready for tons of fun at the Nevada County Fair, August 7 – 11? Buy your tickets now and save money on admission and carnival tickets. Order online or stop by the Fair Office. See you at the Fair!

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