The Nevada County Fair is right around the corner with 5 days full of rides, exhibits, demonstrations, arts & crafts, animals, music and so much more. The fair runs from Wednesday, August 8th through Sunday, August 12th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am on Wednesday with activities and fun for the whole family. Check out the daily fair schedule, special contests, entertainment guide, Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Monster Truck and Demolition Derby. Entertainment this year includes Elevation Funk Band featuring J. Silk, Second Time Around, Mogollon, Amanda Gray, Michelle Lambert, Chris Crockett to name a few. New this year is the goat yoga, virtual reality experience, truck and tractor pulls, and the Xpogo Stunt Team. Of course, the barns full of livestock, carnival rides and games and buildings full of exhibits (7,500 this year). Or maybe you want to try one of the Special Events? This year’s contents include: Jell-O Eating Contest, Frozen Shirt Challenge (be the first to thaw a frozen shirt and get it on) and Duct Tape Art Challenge. There are lots of great local organizations selling food to help raise funds for their programs year round (last year Treat Street raised over $900,000 for local non-profit organizations). With 31 different booths on Treat Street do you choose the same thing every year or mix it up? Three Gingers Bakery, local family owned bakery will be located near South Treat Street and serving piewiches. Try one of the new treats, ice cream sandwiched between two homemade pies. Did you know the Job’s Daughter Corn Dog booth sells between 15,000 – 19,000 corn dogs every year at the Fair? Or that Grass Valley Host Lions Club serves approximately 16,000 ears of corn over the course of the whole fair.
Special promotions each day of the Fair:
- Wednesday: Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm
- Thursday: Community Day
Free coupon book with coupons for Treat Street, souvenirs and the Draft Horse Classic for the first 10,000 customers.
Free admission for disabled persons until 5 pm
- Friday: Family Friday
Free parking in Fair lots until noon. One free carnival ride coupon for first 500 guests
- Saturday: Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm
- Sunday: Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm
If you’re worried about parking, don’t forget you can take the Gold Country Stage to the fair, click here for details and times. And for those who are interested in supporting Nevada City Boy Scout Troop 24 with carnival ride passes, please email me, as I’m selling advance tickets at the Inn Town Campground ($25 for a one day unlimited rides wristband, must be purchased by Sunday, August 5th). While you can save time and buy your tickets online, post a comment here and one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader will win a giveaway including two admission tickets a one day parking pass. Winner will be announced on Monday, August 6th. *Edited to say the winner is Vickie.