Nevada County Fair is August 6-10

“Simply Fun!” is the theme for the 2014 Nevada County Fair, August 6-10. The fair includes animals, exhibits, carnival rides, stage entertainment, a rodeo, and the return of a Destruction Derby.

Treat Street is famous for its fair food, including Job’s Daughters’ hand-dipped corn dogs. (They serve between 15,000 and 19,000 per fair).

The fair is a homesteader’s paradise. Veggies grown by Jardin del Rio have won organic farming contests.

Though the Nevada County Fair has been around since 1938—with the exception of no fairs during the World War II years—the first fair at its current location was in 1947.

The Fair is an economic engine generating tangible benefits beyond the educational, cultural and agricultural tradition. It has generated as much as $20 million in annual spending activity in recent years. The network of California fairs generates upwards of $2.5 billion of economic activity.

For tickets and more information, visit

Wine Tasting
Sierra Vintners wineries are located in the foothills surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City, and one of them is as close as five minutes from the County Fairgrounds. Bent Metal Winery at 14364 McCourtney Rd., is known for a contemporary approach to winemaking, along with a casual and friendly style.

Owner-winemaker Scott Brown and his wife, Judy, are your hosts. Sip a glass of Bent Metal’s Chardonnay (“big balanced fruit”) while enjoying splendid views of the Sierra. The winery offers tables and chairs and Adirondack chairs for picnicking. It now offers gourmet picnic items, including artisan cheese, crackers and salami.

Downtown Grass Valley also is home to four wine tasting rooms: Smith, Lucchesi, Sierra Starr and Avanguardia. Our magazine’s Grass Valley wine tasting map is HERE.

(Painting by Katie Wolff)

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