Nevada County’s oldest wine in existence shown at Fair

Our magazine enjoyed attending the opening ceremonies at the Nevada County Fair in Grass Valley on Wednesday. We visited with the local dignitaries, heard some opening remarks, and noshed on breakfast from Emily’s Catering that was made with fresh ingredients donated from local farms. The Fair runs from Wednesday to Sunday and expects to draw […]

George and Sandy Woods inducted into Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame

George and Sandy Woods have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the Woods for their long-time service and dedication to the Nevada County Fair. George and Sandy have been involved with the Fair since they moved to Nevada County in 1985. As active exhibitors, they […]

Nevada County Fair is August 12-16: one of nation’s top rural fairs

CALIFORNIA HAS 78 FAIRS, AND EACH ONE maintains its local flavor and identity. Some are known for horse racing, such as Del Mar, while others are known for “going green,” such as the Marin County Fair with its solar powered carousel. The Nevada County Fairgrounds, whose fair is August 12-16, is known as California’s most […]

Nevada County Fairgrounds: Home to signature music festivals

THE NEVADA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS in Grass Valley is home to the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and the Country Christmas Faire. Situated among hundreds of towering pine trees on nearly 100 acres, the fairgrounds are commonly referred to as “California’s most beautiful fairgrounds.” But that’s not all: The fairgrounds is the venue of […]

Exclusive: Fourth of July parade in Grass Valley names Grand Marshals

Sandy Woods, who is retiring as CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and John Hart, a photographer for The Union newspaper in Grass Valley who is retiring after 51 years, are the Grand Marshals of the Fourth of July parade in western Nevada County, our magazine has learned. This colorful Fourth of July parade alternates […]

Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Sandy Woods inducted into Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame

Western Fairs Association (WFA) announced this week that they will induct Sandy Woods, chief executive officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, into the Western Fairs Association’s Hall of Fame at its upcoming convention in Reno. The WFA Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to the Fair industry through leadership, education, legislation […]

California Fairgrounds vow to fight for infrastructure funding

By Western Fairs Association California’s network of fairgrounds and key lawmakers vowed to continue pushing for infrastructure funding despite being left out of this year’s budget, according to Western Fairs Association (WFA). Despite strong support from a bipartisan coalition of 32 state senators and assembly members, a budget passed Sunday omitted funding requested by fairs […]

California fair funding action call

Editor’s note: This is an issue we’ve written about before: • • As the Chair of the California Fairs Alliance and the CEO of the Nevada County Fair, I have grave concerns regarding the future for the network of California fairs. California’s fairs fell victim to the total elimination of state funding in 2011, a […]

California fairgrounds facing a crisis: Action is needed now

Our magazine is a major supporter of fairs and fairgrounds in rural areas, including Placer County and Nevada County, because they have a long tradition of celebrating local agricultural bounties dating back to the Civil War — in food, wine and art. The tradition continues to this day, with animals, ag education, rides and attractions, […]

Scoop: Country Music Star Merle Haggard coming to Nevada County Fairgrounds on Sept. 15

County Music Star Merle Haggard is going to perform at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Sept. 15 — one day after American music icon Willie Nelson performs there, Sierra FoodWineArt magazine has learned. Though there has been no official announcement yet, the performance is listed on Haggard’s website. Haggard helped create the “Bakersfield sound” with […]

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