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Calendar Release, October 4, 2011 --25th Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced
Awards for the 25th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Jim Poole of St. Louis, Missouri judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Jake Engler, visiting from Magnolia, Texas, was the horseshoe competition judge...[more]
Arlin Wareing and his Shires perform at the 25th annual Draft Horse Classic. Wareing, of Blackfoot, Idaho, was the winner of the Six-Up Ultimate Hitch Championship.
Calendar Release, September 28, 2011 --Country Christmas Faire November 25, 26 & 27, 2011
Mark your calendar for the 27th annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 25, 26, and 27. Rated as one of the top handcrafted shows in Northern California, the Country Christmas Faire features unique gifts and crafts from top artisans from across the state...[more]
A magical gingerbread house display is one of the many features at the 2011 Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley on November 25, 26 and 27.
Press Release, September 21, 2011 --Community Entertainment At This Weekend’s Draft Horse Classic
Local thespians to dazzle the audience with classic country music of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Spectators at this weekend’s Draft Horse Classic will enjoy special musical entertainment provided by local performers Chris Crockett, Kris Stepanian, and Nancy Keith. Throughout the evening performances and at Sunday’s late afternoon performance, this dynamic trio will dazzle the audiences with the classic country music of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton...[more]
Press Release, September 20, 2011 --Meet The Judge Of The 25th Annual Draft Horse Classic
Jim Poole from St. Louis, Missouri, has been selected as the judge of this year’s Draft Horse Classic, September 22 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Poole has been judging horse shows across North America for more than 35 years, and this is his third time judging the Draft Horse Classic...[more]
Jim Poole, the judge of this year’s Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, poses with Lucille, the donkey who tried out for the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale eight-horse hitch in a 2004 Super Bowl ad.
Press Release, September 14, 2011 --“Taste Of The Gold” And Rib Cook-Off Part Of The Festivities At The Draft Horse Classic
“Taste” event is held on Saturday, September 24; Rib Cook-Off held on Sunday, September 25. In between Draft Horse performances at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, September 22 25, take time to visit two community events happening on the grounds during the weekend. On Saturday, September 24, visit “A Taste of the Gold,” a fun food and wine fest that features a selection of local and regional wines, fine foods and delectable sweets and treats from some of the Gold Country’s finest restaurants and vintners. This fabulously fun and tasty event takes place on Saturday from 1 4 pm. Find your favorite wine, and with glass in hand, nibble your way through more restaurants than you could possibly visit in a long weekend...[more]
“A Taste of the Gold,” a fun food and wine fest that features a selection of local and regional wines, fine foods and delectable sweets and treats, is part of the festivities planned during the Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Press Release, September 9, 2011 --Guided Barn Tours Offered At This Year’s Draft Horse Classic
Get behind-the-scenes and meet the stars of the Classic the beautiful Draft Horses. Guided Barn Tours will be offered to visitors to this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair giving them an up close and personal visit with the magnificent Gentle Giant Draft Horses. The behind-the-scenes Guided Barn Tours, led by teamster Eleanor Roberts, are another way for visitors to be able to meet and talk with Draft Horse exhibitors, as well as meet the stars of the Classic...[more]
Press Release, September 6, 2011 --Enter Your Exhibits In The Harvest Fair At The Draft Horse Classic
It’s free and all exhibitors will receive free tickets to a Draft Horse Classic performance. Entries are now being accepted for the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 22 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline for Nevada County residents to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 5 pm on Friday, September 16. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic...[more]
Produce Character entry (A division in this year's Harvest Fair)
Press Release, August 26, 2011 --2011 Nevada County Fair A Success
Canned Food Drive, Junior Livestock Auction, Ag Mechanics Auction, and Treat Street all Benefit Nevada County. Beautiful weather, a successful canned food drive, more than $380,000 raised for Nevada County youth, and several community partnerships made the 2011 Nevada County Fair a success. Below are some fun Fair facts...[more]
Fair-goers enjoying the delicious food on Treat Street.
Press Release, August 24, 2011 --Join The Fun At The Draft Horse Classic And Harvest Fair
Tickets on sale now for the September 22 25 event. Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up close” are all part of the festivities at the 25th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 22 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Whether it's the Draft Horses working farm equipment, pulling carriages, or working side by-side on a hitch - these amazing animals compete with elegance and power and always entertain. Known as the premier Draft Horse event in the Western United States, this unique event features six majestic performances by the beautiful Draft Horses. In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts, including some returning favorites like Clay Maier and Ramon Becerra, as well as some new acts...[more]
The magnificent six-up competition is always a crowd favorite at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets to the event are on sale now.
Press Release, August 9, 2011 --Exciting Contests And Activities Happening Each Day At The Nevada County Fair!
No pre-registration required. Show up 1/2 hour before event, have fun, and win great prizes! At this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 10 14, there are exciting contests and activities going on each day! In addition to daily arena events, ongoing musical entertainment, and activities galore, there are fun contests planned for each day. Here are just a few of the fun contests planned for this year’s Fair...[more]
Press Release, August 6, 2011 --Nevada County Fairgrounds And The Food Bank Of Nevada County Team Up To Feed Those In Need
Visit the Nevada County Fair and help your community at the same time. Imagine being able to visit the annual Nevada County Fair at a discount, and be able to help the local Food Bank at the same time? At this year’s Fair, you can! The Nevada County Fairgrounds and The Food Bank of Nevada County are teaming up to help feed those in need. Bring a can of food (or two or three) to the Fair on Sunday, August 14, and the Fair will give you a coupon for $1 off general admission to the Fair on that day. The Food Bank will have food collection bins available at the Fairgrounds from 10 am 5 pm at Gates 1, 3 and 5, which is also where you’ll receive your coupon. It’s that simple!...[more]
Press Release, August 1, 2011 --Granholm Family To Be Recognized As Family Of The Year At The Nevada County Fair
The Danny Granholm Family of Grass Valley has been named the 2011 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors. The Board chose the Granholm Family because of their ongoing participation in the Nevada County Fair and their commitment and efforts in supporting Nevada County agricultural youth programs...[more]
The Granholm Family (from left to right) Kaycee, Danny, Katie and Ben will be recognized at the Nevada County Fair as the Family of the Year.
Credit: Photo provided by Shaffers Originals
Press Release, August 1, 2011 --Sierra Nevada Memorial Hopsital And Sierra Nevada Medical Group Team Up To Present Senior Involvement Day At This Year’s Nevada County Fair - Thursday, August 11, 2011
Grass Valley, CA (August 2011) - Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) and Sierra Nevada Medical Group (SNMG) are teaming up to present Senior Involvement Day at this year’s Nevada County Fair on Thursday, August 11th, from 10 AM to 12 Noon at the Special Events Tent. Join healthcare professionals for various presentations to learn about caring for a wide-range of health topics like diabetes management, heart health, wound care, and the importance of annual health screenings and check-ups...[more]
Press Release, August 1, 2011 --Heritage Lamb To Be Showcased At Junior Livestock Auction At The Nevada County Fair
2011 Heritage Lamb Being Raised by Paige Lampert. The 2011 Heritage Lamb will be showcased at the Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday, August 14, at the Nevada County Fair. Proceeds from the lamb will be used to assist the Foundation in its efforts to continue to improve the Fairgrounds. Raising the 2011 Heritage Lamb is 17-year-old Paige Lampert. Paige was chosen to raise the lamb because of her 4H experience in raising animals and for her leadership skills. Paige has been involved in 4H for 11 years. She has been raising market swine for seven years, and prior to that, as a junior member, she raised chickens and showed eggs. She is currently raising her first steer, Beef Wellington...[more]
Preparing for the Junior Livestock Auction on Sunday of the Fair are (from left to right): Bear River Ag teacher, Steve Paasch; Paige Lampert, who is raising the Heritage Lamb for the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation; and Ed Mertens, Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Board Member.
Press Release, July 29, 2011 --Drive A Car In The Fair’s Demolition Derby And You Could Win $1,000 For Your Favorite Charity
Back by popular demand, the Nevada County Fair is providing organizations and businesses the opportunity to sponsor and drive a car in the Fair’s popular Demolition Derby, while at the same time raising money for a favorite charity or service organization. Organizations and businesses can purchase a car for $500 and the Fair will provide a Derby car to use in the Demolition Derby...[more] [entry form]
Press Release, July 25, 2011 --Nevada County Fair Tickets On Sale Now
Buy early and save! Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival ride tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online.
Buy your admission tickets before August 9 at 5 pm and get admission for only $6. Better yet, purchase a ticket to attend the Fair on Thursday, Family Day, and get a “Be A Kid Again” adult admission ticket for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers before August 9, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; a season parking pass for $25; a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23; or a carnival ride booklet of 30 coupons for $20. If you purchase any ticket to an arena event, the cost for Fair admission is only $6.
There are several ways to get your tickets early. Buy your tickets by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 8 at 5 pm; or order your tickets on-line before August 9 at 5 pm.
After August 9, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under are free.
This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 10 - 14. The Fair’s Office is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. The phone number is (530) 273-6217...[printable version]
Public Service Announcement, July 22, 2011 --Nevada County Fairgrounds And Bloodsource Team Up For Community Blood Drive
Donate blood on August 2 and receive a free admission ticket to the Fair. The Nevada County Fairgrounds and BloodSource have teamed up for a community blood drive. Make a blood donation on Tuesday, August 2, from 2 6 pm at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair. Additionally, donors will receive a free t-shirt from BloodSource...[more]
Press Release, July 21, 2011 --Don And Georgine Wasley To Be Inducted Into Nevada County Fair’s Hall Of Fame
Don and Georgine Wasley have been named as the 2011 inductees into the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized Don and Georgine for their commitment and long-time service to the Nevada County Fair...[more]
Photo provided by Shaffers Originals
Public Service Announcement, July 19, 2011 --Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation To Host Barbecue Dinner And Rodeo
Join the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation for its annual barbecue and a night at the rodeo on Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds...[more]
Press Release, July 11, 2011 --There’s Still Time To Enter Your Exhibits In The Nevada County Fair
Want to enter something in the Nevada County Fair? The deadline has been extended, so there’s still time! The deadline for submitting paper entry forms or to enter on-line using the Fair’s on-line entry system is now July 24. There are no post entry fees, so simply visit the Fair Office on McCourtney Road or log-on to the web page to complete the entry process...[more]
Press Release, July 7, 2011 --Idol Competition At The Nevada County Fair
Do you love to sing? If so, you could win $100, Fair admission tickets, and money for your favorite charity! The Nevada County Fair is looking for talented vocalists to sing in the “Golden” Idol Competition at this year’s Fair. Nevada County residents ages 16 and up are invited to participate in this crowd favorite on Wednesday, August 10, at 9 pm on the Pine Tree Stage at the Fairgrounds. The grand prize is $100, two Fair admission tickets, a parking pass and two Friday night arena tickets. Second place is $50, two admission tickets, a parking pass and two Thursday night arena tickets; and third prize is $25, two admission tickets and a parking pass.
Singers will be judged by a panel of local celebrities, who will narrow it down to five finalists. Audience members will then vote with quarters for the grand prize winner...[more]
Press Release, June 30, 2011 --Mother Lode Horse Show Results Available
The Nevada County Fairgrounds welcomed horse enthusiasts this past weekend as exhibitors competed in the 2011 Mother Lode Horse Show. This annual three-day event gives spectators an opportunity to observe participants work with their horses as they compete in Driving, English, Halter and Western Shows. At the conclusion of each class, competitors are awarded their placing, which is a demonstration of achievement in horsemanship...[more]
Calendar Release, June 24, 2011 --Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair September 22 25, 2011
Grass Valley, CaliforniaJoin the beautiful Draft Horses for the 25th anniversary of the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 22 25, 2011 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Draft Horse Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six majestic performances with the beautiful Draft Horses delighting fans with their pageantry, elegance, and strength. In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts, including some returning favorites like Clay Maier and Ramon Becerra, as well as some new acts...[more]
Dan Simpson (2010)
Press Release, June 14, 2011 --Huell Howser Features The Nevada County Fair As A California Golden Fair
Segment to air on Thursday, June 30 at 8 pm on KVIE Channel 6. Huell Howser’s segment on the Nevada County Fair will air on Thursday, June 30, at 8 pm on KVIE Channel 6. The show is part of Howser’s new PBS series, California’s Golden Fairs, which will showcase a variety of interesting people and events held at California fairs, as well as focus on the rich history and relevance of all California fairs...[more]
Television personality Huell Howser interviews community volunteers at the Nevada City United Methodist Church’s Bratwurst booth at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Howser’s segment on the Nevada County Fair will begin airing locally on Thursday, June 30, at 8 pm on KVIE.
Press Release, June 9, 2011 --Nevada County Fair Competition Handbook Now Available
Book includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair. The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a category for you!...[more]
A winning entry in the “Recycle Art” youth category at last year’s Nevada County Fair. The Competition Handbook, which includes all the information needed to enter exhibits in the 2011 Nevada County Fair, is now available.
News Release, June 3, 2011 --Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) Update and the Nevada County Fair Horse Show
At this time, the Nevada County Fair Horse Show will take place as scheduled on June 24 - 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Below is an update from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, as well as an update from the Nevada County Fairgrounds. ....[more]
News Release, May 23, 2011 --Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Goat, Sheep and Swine Market Animals for 2011 Fair
For goats, sheep and swine being raised as market animals for the 2011 Nevada County Fair, the Fair’s mandatory registration deadline has been set for Friday, June 10th at 4:00 pm.* Junior goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office during business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, beginning May 31st. The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th....[more]
Instructions for Registration, Swine/Sheep/Goats
Swine Ear Notching Diagram
Exhibitor Code of Ethics
*Entry forms will be available at the 4-H Office, through FFA, and at the Fairgrounds Administration Office.
Press Release, May 21, 2011 --Nevada County Fair Horse Show: June 24-26 At The Nevada County Fairgrounds
Horse Show is part of the Mother Lode Fairs Horse Show Circuit. The 2011 Nevada County Fair Horse Show is scheduled for June 24 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. As part of the Mother Lode Fairs Horse Show Circuit, the oldest circuit show in California, this is a great event for both participants and spectators. This annual three-day event gives spectators an opportunity to observe participants work with their horses as they compete in Driving, English, Halter and Western Shows. The Driving Show begins at 10 am on Friday; the English Show at 8 am on Saturday; and the Halter Show, Western Performance and Trail Classes at 8 am on Sunday...[more]
A young exhibitor competes in the annual Nevada County Fair Horse Show, which will take place June 24 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For those interested in competing, entry forms are due June 6.
Public Service Announcement, May 21, 2011 --Free Electronic Waste Collection Fundraiser
Fundraiser will benefit the Nevada County Fairgrounds and help the environment. A FREE electronic waste collection fundraiser will be held from 9 am 1 pm on Saturday, June 4, in the parking lot of Prosperity Lanes at 420 Henderson Street in Grass Valley. The collection is free and drive through service will be provided, making it even more convenient for customers. Simply pop the trunk or open the door and it will be unloaded for you!...[more]
Foundation Newsletter, May 13, 2011
What’s New at the Foundation? Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Barbecue Dinner. Join us for our annual barbecue dinner and a night at the rodeo! This fun, popular event will be held on Thursday, August 11, at 6 pm. The barbecue dinner will be served on the VIP Patio at the Administration Office....[more]
Calendar Release, May 13, 2011 --Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair September 23 26, 2010
Grass Valley, California The 24th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds is happening this year beginning Thursday, September 23, and running through Sunday, September 26. This premier event will once again feature the Draft Horse performances that have been drawing crowds for more than 23 years!...[more]
Public Service Announcement, May 10, 2011 --Community Meeting: Nevada County Fairgrounds and its Future
Public is invited to attend meeting to learn more about the impact of the state’s budget cuts to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. As the state of California eliminates all funding for California’s Fairs, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is actively preparing for the impact of these cuts. To learn more about the state’s budget cuts and discuss the future of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Fairgrounds is hosting a community meeting on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 8 pm at Ponderosa Hall (formerly the Senior Center) at the Fairgrounds...[more]
Press Release, April 26, 2011 --Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Makes Donation To Fairgrounds
Foundation makes donation to Fairgrounds to help repair damages caused during recent storms. Thanks to a successful fundraising year, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation recently made a donation of $30,000 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds to help pay for underground electrical repairs and two transformer replacements, which became necessary after the recent snow and rain storms. In addition to the transformers, the repairs will include new electrical wiring for providing primary power to a majority of the buildings on the Fairgrounds, including the RV Park, Tall Pines Nursery and the Main Street Building all of which are used year-round by the Fairgrounds and the community...[more]
Ed Scofield, President of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, presents a $30,000 check to Fairgrounds CEO Sandy Woods. With the elimination of state funding to the Fairgrounds, the Foundation plays an increasingly critical role in supporting the Fairgrounds, especially with infrastructure projects.
Press Release, April 6, 2011 --Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Fundraiser A Success
Thanks to Foothill Lions Club and the community for its support. The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s first annual Cioppino Feed was a huge success, thanks to community support, a sold-out event, and a successful auction. Held last weekend at the Fairgrounds, Chef Arnie Romanello created and served his special 100-year-old recipe to a sold-out crowd...[more]
Members of the Foothill Lions Club, including Chef Arnie Romanello, prepare to serve to a sold-out crowd at the Nevada County Fairground Foundation’s first annual Cioppino Feed.
News Release, March 24, 2011 --Nevada County Fair Requires Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2011 Fair
The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 8th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 10th. Entry forms are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA, and at the Fairgrounds Administration Office...[more]
Exhibitor Code of Ethics
Calendar Release, March 23, 2011 --Nevada County Fair August 10 14, 2011
Mark your calendar for the event voted as “Nevada County’s Best Event” for 11 years in a row the 2011 Nevada County Fair, August 10 14, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in beautiful Grass Valley. “Gold! Rush to the Fair” is this year’s theme and we have five days of excitement and fun planned for Fair-goers of all ages. The Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals, and exhibits in a community-friendly environment and at affordable family prices! Live entertainment will be available every day at five different stages throughout the Fairgrounds. There’s carnival rides and games, barns full of livestock, thousands of community exhibits, special contests, an Idol Competition, nightly arena events, daily demonstrations, gold panning, and food contests. As always, Treat Street will be serving an array of delicious food and drinks corn dogs, pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, tempura zucchini, nachos, hamburgers, funnel cakes and caramel corn just to name a few...[more]
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