Nevada County
Fairgrounds Foundation
July 2023 Newsletter

Nevada County Fair
Just Around the Corner!
Greetings from Patti Ingram Spencer, President of the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation.

"I know I am most likely dating myself, but I always wanted to be a horsewoman, to herd cattle, be a farm girl and grow up to be Dale Evans or Annie Oakley. But my folks did not have the wherewithal or desire to make those childhood dreams come true.

But, as a young girl, at the Nevada County Fair, I could hang out in the barns, enjoying the smell of hay and manure. I watched my friends wash and show their animals. The smells were great; the hay, feed, animal hair, and wet dirt. It was the best! My friends loved what they did, and I loved watching them and also envied them.

All these memories are still with me today because of our fair. Our theme this year is perfect - Country Roots & Cowboy Boots, which suits me just fine.

I'll look forward to seeing you at our hometown fair. You'll find me either in the barns or at the Foundation Station, serving your favorite "adult" beverage."
Fair Fun? ~ Volunteer at Foundation Station!
We Need Your Help ... and it's Fun!

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. It's fun! Volunteer sign-up is quick and easy at the following link:
Enter an Exhibit!
It's Fun!

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.
Online Entry is Easy!
If you're an adult and interested in entering, click here: Competition Handbook - Adults Entries.

If you're a youth, or have a pal who is a youth interested in entering, click here: Competition Handbook - Youth Entries.

If you want to look at the entire Competition Handbook, click here 2023 Competition Handbook. There's lots of great information, and it's fun to read!
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. 2023 Fair exhibitors receive FREE tickets to the Thursday night performance of the 2023 Draft Horse Classic.
The deadline for filing your entry form is Monday, July 24th, 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 be a sponsor of the exhibits program, which is “the heart” of the Fair!
Family Fun!
Arena Events

Tyler Rich Concert
Arial Jean Band

Wednesday, August 9th
7 PM
Thursday, August 10

Bulls & Broncs Rodeo
featuring Muttin' Busting
Friday & Saturday
August 11 - 12

Monster Trucks
UTV Racing

Sunday, August 13

Rough Truck Challenge
2 At-a-Time Stock
(Sure to sell out!)
Making a Difference ~
Attend the Auctions, Support 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 11th at 5:30 PM 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 inspires the creative exhibitors.

The Junior Livestock Auction is on Sunday, August 13th at 9 AM at the Henry Magonigal Show Ring in Whitney PavilionBid on market steers, lambs, swine, goats, turkeys, broiler pens, and rabbit meat pens

The Foundation serves beer and wine at both auctions; Bloody Marys and Mimosas are served at the Junior Livestock Auction.
Annual Membership Drive ~
In recent years, we’ve realized that our mission is far more than building a better fair. Our ultimate mission is to provide financial resources to save our beautiful fairgrounds and ensure that it continues to thrive and remain a valuable community asset for future generations.

Your membership is crucial in protecting our great Fair.

Please consider joining the 
Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation today! 

Do you have a friend, relative, or neighbor who loves the Fair? Please encourage them to join the Foundation and invest in the Fair! We greatly appreciate your support!

Membership benefits for the 2023 season include the following:
  • Tickets to the Fair and the Draft Horse Classic
  • Benefit packages tailored to your desires
  • Invitation to the October Appreciation Dinner Party
  • Contributions are tax-deductible

Now is the perfect time to make a difference by supporting membership, volunteering, and participating. Please join us in making a difference!
September 21 - 24
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. 

It's not just a horse show! See Bobby Kerr and his amazing Mustang enjoying a jalopy ride!
Bring your family!

Draft horses love
little kids!
Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation 
Board of Directors
Patti Ingram Spencer, President
Mike Novo, Vice President
Larry McDonald, Treasurer
Colleen McClain, Secretary
Peggy Anderson
Anita Daniels
Eddie Garcia
Robin Hauck
Joe Lester
Ed Mertens
Jay Nau
Coleen Novo
Teresia Renwick
Sandy Woods

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 4th Tuesday of the month at 4 pm in Ponderosa Hall at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Foundation members and the public 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. 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!