Behind the scenes at the fair |

Behind the scenes at the fair

It takes the teamwork of more than 250 employees, local law enforcement, volunteers and community organizations working together for five consecutive days to create one of our community’s favorite events – the Nevada County Fair.

While fair-goers are enjoying the fair, an entire crew is working behind the scenes to make this event a success.

When the gates open each day at 10 a.m., the fair team has already been on the job for three hours, beginning with a 7 a.m. staff meeting.

“Our meetings have several purposes,” said Ed Scofield, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “They serve as a time to address any challenges that arise, to update the team on what’s going on in different areas, and as a way to keep each other motivated.”

There’s the daily safety inspections done by safety officers and the Fire Marshal before the Fair begins and then again throughout the fair, plus an entire safety infrastructure in place to keep fair-goers safe.

Local law enforcement, hospital, ambulance service and fire departments all work together to ensure that safety is a priority.

It takes a crew of individuals doing trash pick-up and restroom clean-up, as well as a maintenance team working around the clock, to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the fairgrounds.

At the barns, livestock clerks assist in the show rings and in the Livestock Office.

In this area, exhibitors are also feeding livestock, cleaning stalls and providing new bedding nightly for the livestock.

While most exhibits are judged before the fair, judging also needs to be done during the fair, including floriculture, wine tasting, livestock and various special contests.

With thousands of community exhibits on display and more than $45,000 in prize money paid to exhibitors, the processing of checks and ribbons needs to be done before exhibitors pick up their entries on the Monday following the fair.

During the hustle and bustle of the fair, the team is also preparing for its next big event: The Draft Horse Classic in September.

They are closing entries for this event, taking ticket orders, creating show schedules, working on the program and ordering ribbons.

Special events assistants, parking lot crews, traffic controllers, cashiers, red shirts providing customer service, vendors, volunteers and exhibit crews all play an integral part in the fair.

“The fair takes an entire team working together to be a success, and this event is a culmination of, and testimonial to, that teamwork,” said Scofield.

This year’s Nevada County Fair runs Aug. 6-10. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit

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