Rod Byers receives 2016 Blue Ribbon Award from Fair

Rod Byers of Grass Valley has been named the 2016 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by Western Fairs Association (WFA), a nonprofit trade association serving the Fair industry, to recognize those who support and contribute to the quality of their local Fair. Rod is […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

Nevada County Fair: Bucking a trend

CALIFORNIA COUNTIES HAVE A long tradition of celebrating their agricultural bounties with a network of county fairs dating back to the Civil War. The tradition continues to this day, with animals, ag education, rides and attractions, concerts and—of course—fair food. Just like the state parks, however, the state’s network of 78 fairs has come under […]