Nevada County
Fairgrounds Foundation
Update from the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation
“Who Let the Hogs Out?” Come and find out!

Nevada County Fair – August 10th – 14th

The Fair is just around the corner, and we’re delighted! The past few years the fairgrounds have taken a beating with closure, followed by extensive storm damage. These days, the grounds are starting to shine with extensive repairs and maintenance projects completed, restoring our fairgrounds as “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds!” Once again, the gardens are lovely, and the Gold Path will be in full bloom on Opening Day!

Our new CEO, Dale Chasse, and his staff are working hard to produce a marvelous Fair. The Fair is always the perfect opportunity to forage for delicious food, enjoy musical entertainment, seek thrills in the carnival, stroll through community exhibits, visit the barns, and yell with zeal during the arena events!
Join the Nevada County Fair TEAM, Job Openings Available NOW!

If you or someone you know is looking for work or needs money for that HAVE TO HAVE ITEM, please encourage them to attend the Job Fair on July 20th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11128 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Perhaps the most delightful and memorable job opportunity during the summer is working on the production of the Fair. It's a short-term opportunity to serve our community, experience the inner workings of the Fair, and have lots of fun! 

It's not an ordinary summer job -- it's an extraordinary summer experience! For questions about positions and other details, please call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.
The Fair is more fun if you ~ Enter an Exhibit!
If you make it, bake it, grow it, or show it – think about exhibiting it at the Fair! The Competition Handbook is available at the fair office, around town, and online at:
Entering an exhibit is great fun! Challenge your neighbors! You may win beautiful ribbons, garner fame, and attain award money to spend on a thrilling carnival ride. 2022 Fair exhibitors receive FREE tickets to the Thursday night performance of the 2022 Draft Horse Classic.
The deadline for filing your entry form is Monday, July 25th at 4 pm! You may enter online or return your entry form to the fair office. The Nevada County Fairgrounds office is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, and hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm.

The Foundation is proud to sponsor the exhibits program, which is “the heart” of the Fair!  
The Fair is more fun if you ~ Volunteer at Foundation Station!
We need your help! The annual Fair is the Foundation’s primary fundraising opportunity for operating Foundation Station. Our mission is to provide financial resources to the Fair through fundraising and contributions to save our beautiful fairgrounds and ensure that they will continue to thrive and remain a valuable community asset for future generations.

Please consider volunteering at the Station, pouring beer, seltzer, and wine while enjoying our fabulous Fair. Volunteer sign-up is quick and easy at the following link:
The Fair is more fun if you ~ Attend the Auctions, Supporting our Youth!
Your participation by attending and bidding at the Nevada County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction and the Ag Mechanics Auction are great ways to support our local youth in agriculture. The bids and bump-ups at these auctions are investments in the future generations of agriculture and support college funding, vocational training, and future agriculture projects. 

The Ag Mechanics Auction is on Friday, August 12th in the early evening at the Sugar Pine Lodge lawn. The auction items are handcrafted, and built by Nevada Union High School and Bear River High School FFA members. All items are unique and impressive! Items may include tables, swings, fountains, garden ornaments and whatever else inspires the creative exhibitors.

The Junior Livestock Auction is on Sunday, August 14th at 9 am at the Henry Magonigal Junior Livestock Sale Ring in Whitney Pavilion. The auction features market steers, lambs, swine, goats, turkeys, broiler pens, and rabbit meat pens

The Foundation serves beer and wine at both auctions; Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas are served at the Junior Livestock Auction.
The Fair is more fun if you ~ Attend the Arena Events! 
Are you ready to rumble?!! 2022 has a rip-roaring line-up of arena events during the Nevada County Fair!* Get your tickets early; events will sell out!

Check out the 2022 lineup:
·Wednesday – Opening night - Outlaw Karts & Mini Truck Racing!
·Thursday & Friday – 2 nights of thrilling Monster Trucks!
·Saturday – Witness fierce competition in the Rough Truck Challenge!
·Sunday – The ever-popular Destruction Derby! (Sells out PRIOR to the event every year!)

The easiest way to attend the arena events is to purchase your tickets online before they sell out! Tickets are also available at the arena box office during the Fair.

*Admission to the arena events is in addition to entrance to the Fair. Pricing and show times can be found at Nevada County Fairgrounds website.
What’s New? Making a Difference! 
Nevada County Fairgrounds – Fire Camp
One of the critical functions of the network of California fairs is providing emergency shelters and assistance to their communities. Just before the 4th of July weekend, Nevada County’s Rice Crossing, near North San Juan, was ignited by a wildfire. Immediately the fair staff responded to the emergency, opening the fairgrounds to Cal Fire and assisting agencies in setting up a command post and fire camp. Additionally, the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response team set up an evacuation center at the fairgrounds for large and small animals. 

The successful efforts by over 1,000 firefighters contained the wildfire to just over 900 acres, damaging 14 structures. Hosting fire camps and providing evacuation centers is one of many ways our fairgrounds serve Nevada County in times of critical need and peril.   

Vision Meeting of Nevada County Fair Board and the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation Board
In March, the two boards met to discuss capital improvement projects. A tour of the fairgrounds was an eye-opener for the directors. Clearly age, storms, and the pandemic have worn heavily on the entire facility. Beautification projects have been completed, including painting Main Street Center and erecting a new arena fence from wood milled from the fairgrounds’ trees. Major storm cleanup is a continuing priority project. 

Thanks were given to Foundation director Mike Novo for upgrading the Log Cabin used during the Fair as a first aid station. Many other areas of needed repair and improvement were pointed out and discussed, including Treat Street, the Gold Path, The Pine Tree Stage, the Lath House and the list goes on! The consensus of the boards is to focus on the repair of the Lath House and Evergreen Hall. Accordingly, a joint committee of directors from each board is working together to develop repair plans. Reports on the progress of the repair and beautification projects will be forthcoming.  
Annual Membership Drive ~
With the Fair rapidly approaching, this is our last membership drive for you to receive benefits, including tickets to this year’s Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. 

The mission of the Fairgrounds Foundation is to build a better Nevada County Fairgrounds through fundraising and contributions to the fairgrounds. Your membership will contribute to protecting and enhancing the fairgrounds, our great community asset! If you have not already joined, please consider becoming a Foundation member today. Membership applications must be received by Monday, August 1st to receive this year’s Fair and Draft Horse Classic benefits.

Membership applications are available on the Foundation’s website:
Draft Horse Classic – It’s Back! – September 15 – 18!

Tickets are on sale for the Draft Horse Classic, the premier draft horse show on the west coast with the ambiance of an old-fashioned county fair. Exhibitors and their magnificent gentle giant horses travel from across the United States and Canada to be showcased in captivating competitions.

Drawing thousands of fans, the fairgrounds feature musical entertainment, barn tours, community exhibits, western trade vendors, horseshoeing competition, delicious food, and a fine art show, Art at the Classic. You may order your tickets here:
Member Suggestions and Inquiries ~

We’re open to your suggestion and inquiries. Please email us at
The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s Board of Directors meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 4 pm in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Foundation members are always invited – so feel free to join us!

Are you interested in being a Foundation director or volunteering? We like to think of ourselves as passionate about the Fair, dedicated, fun-loving, creative, and warm hearted. Come join us!

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation, Inc.
101 West McKnight Way, B-106
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Phone: 530-273-6217, extension 219
Fax: 530-273-1146
As always - your support of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation is greatly appreciated!