The fair board thanks the community for its support |

The fair board thanks the community for its support

The 2013 Nevada County Fair was one of the most successful fairs in recent history. This year, overwhelmingly, we were buoyed by our fair community — and we thank you for that support and for your confidence.

We thank each and every one of you — our customers, our sponsors, our vendors, our Treat Street nonprofits, our youth in agriculture, our volunteers and all those who supported us from afar. Because of your support and generosity, we made a difference in Nevada County:

A total of 222 animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing $393,932 (a 15 percent increase over last year) for the youth of Nevada County.

The Ag Mechanics Auction, featuring 58 custom projects by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, raised $48,425 (an increase of 24 percent) for these students.

Almost $700,000 was generated on Treat Street. Proceeds raised will allow local nonprofit organizations to provide vital services to our community.

Sunday's special promotion of "Free Until Three," brought 12,292 visitors, and coupled with paid attendance after 3 p.m., created a record attendance day of 16,733 for any Sunday of the fair.

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The fair included more than 7,200 exhibits from our community, including Floriculture Best of Division Winner Maxine Lewelling, who's been attending the fair for more than 55 years and entered for the first time this year.

On Community Involvement Day, the fair partnered with BloodSource, the Food Bank of Nevada County and Foothill Lions:

• 91 blood donors were registered and 78 pints of life-saving blood were collected;

• 450 pounds of food were collected; and

• 100 pairs of prescription eye glasses and one hearing aide were donated.

Seventy business sponsors partnered with the fair to provide valuable services — such as free shuttle rides, community day with free admission, free drinking water and special contests — to fair-goers.

Almost 3,000 students and educators attended Wednesday's Scholar Student Day.

In the Special Events Tent on Saturday, nine people donated hair to Locks of Love, including an individual who donated 24 inches of hair.

More than 190 vendors participated in the fair this year.

Fair patrons and elephant riders donated $2,100 to the International Elephant Foundation to further elephant conservation.

The fair has always been a celebration of our community — and our cumulative efforts — and one that draws us together and strengthens our ties.

The 2013 fair continued that tradition. We are who we are because of all of you — and, for that, we thank you!

We'll see you at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, Aug. 6-10.

Tom Browning is the president of the Nevada County Fairgrounds board of directors and Sandy Woods is the chief executive officer of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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