Entertainment is Everywhere
Once there were signs in barbershop windows, “Four chairs ” no waiting!” At the Fair, we have four stages, no boredom.
The Fair’s theme this year is “Moo on Down!” issuing a call to Nevada County residents and visitors to join the fun at the biggest and best show of its kind in the area. This year the Union newspaper’s readers voted the Nevada County Fair, “Best Attraction” in western Nevada County.
Every year the Fair brings five days of nearly continuous music to the Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.
Country singer-songwriter Doug Stone will fill the Fairgrounds arena with music on opening night of the 2004 Nevada County Fair.
Stone, a Georgia native, is one of the exciting new country artists who, along with Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Travis Tritt, helped re-define the music. Stone’s performance at the Fair is produced by Nevada County’s “Be Like Me, I’m Drug Free” organization.
Stone’s working class lyrics and supple baritone voice have contributed to recordings that carry a uniquely powerful emotional punch. Doug credits his guitar playing mother with starting his lifelong love of country music. When he turned seven she started taking him along to her local gigs and arranged for him to open a Loretta Lynn show.
At age 15 Doug and a friend started a band, playing at parties and a local skating rink for $5 a night. He worked as part of a trio around Georgia, had his trailer recording studio repossessed by the bank, and took a job as a mechanic.
A turn in his professional life came when he was signed by Epic Records which released his “I’d Be Better Off in a Pine Box” in 1990. It became a country hit. Now an Atlantic Records recording star, Doug Stone and his band take to the stage at 7 p.m. opening night of the Fair.
Earlier on opening day, Cool Hand Uke’s Strum Bum Ukulele Band will perform, along with the clogging group Travelin’ Shoes, and Michael K and the Chapman Stick doing blues and jazz, all on the Pine Tree Stage.
On the Art Center Stage, Wednesday, fairgoers will hear jazz and pop performed by the Lao Tizer Band, musical humor from The Banjo-ologist, and Bad Moon Rising, a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
On the Pine Tree Stage Wednesday night, young Nevada County women will compete for the title of Miss Nevada County Fair. Personality, talent, scholastic achievement, and community involvement are some of the elements on which the young women will be judged.
Thursday KNCO FM will present a variety show, the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West will perform, !Akimbo will present world dance music, and Michael Mezmer will use hypnotism to amaze spectators, all happening on the Pine Tree Stage.
Michael K and the Chapman Stick, and Solid Air doing American folk and rock will be on the Art Center stage Thursday.
The “A-moo-ican Idol” competition Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Special Events tent will feature singers vying for cash prizes.
Thursday night on the Art Center Stage the Eagles tribute
band “Hotel California” will perform. Their concert is free with paid admission to the Fair.
Friday on the Pine Tree Stage Kris Skidmore and Dave Ayala will perform, Orfita Nelson & J Street will be doing acoustic country, The Banjo-ologist returns, as does hypnotist Michael Mezmer.
On the Art Center Stage Friday Inside Strait performs country rock, Bob Mora and the Third degree Band presents blues music, folk singer Hobo Jim will play, and Busta Grove will do hot rock and roll.
Haute Trash brings its fashion show to this year’s Fair. This show features garments made from trash and recycled goods. It’s in the Special events tent Friday night, starting at 7 p.m.
Saturday the Sierra Gold Chorus, a women’s barbershop group, will sing, the Tommyknocker Cloggers will stomp, as will Travelin’ Shoes. The Nevada County Concert Band will play, and the Dave Russell Band will do country rock, all on the Pine Tree Stage.
On the Art Center Stage Saturday Hobo Jim, Michael Mezmer will perform, and Escalade will present rhythm and blues.
Sunday the 49er Sierranaders, country pop singer Becca, the Thunderfoot Cloggers, bluegrass from Mountain Laurel, and Michael mezmer’s final hypnosis show will be on the Pine Tree Stage.
Sunday on the Art Center Stage Blue Prairie/Code Blue will deliver country rock, Eddie D and the Cruisers will play classic rock and roll, and the Blues Patrol Band will perform.
Radio station KVMR FM will present entertainment on their Silver Stage, located just off Treat Street, near the Lath House. Performing will be the Irish Blarney Band, Jimmy Accardi & the Wildcats, Tonny Lauria, Jim Townsend, Cosmic Wobble, Utah Phillips, Bodhi Busick, Bob Mora, Hobo Jim, singer Steve Storey, and singer-songwriter Dave Manning. Billy Bensing will be featured on KVMR’s Thursday Night Live from the Silver Stage.
Strolling mime and clown Marti Cate will roam the fairgrounds all five days. Saturday and Sunday stilt walker Dan Wiles will look down on the crowds.
On the grounds visitors will see the wildly popular Rocket’s K9 Frisbee Dogs make incredible midair catches, enjoy Barnyard Racers, visit the Petting Zoo and Birthing Barn.
Four nights of motor sports are scheduled this year in
the Fair’s arena. Thursday, August 12th, Extreme Car Racing and Mountain Boarding will amaze spectators. Highlighting Thursday evening will be Lawn-moo-er Racing where contestants will be challenged to drive an obstacle course consisting of a herd of cows, irrigation pipes, cow patties, haystacks and more, striving to win a combined purse of $1,200; prizes to be contributed to the competitors’ favorite charities.
The Monster Truck Show, named “Best Attraction at the Fair” by readers of the Union newspaper, will make appearances on two nights, Friday and Saturday. Friday’s show also will feature Free Style “Big Air” Motorcycles. Saturday night Monster Trucks will be joined by Tuff Truck Racing.
The final night of the Fair, Sunday August 15th, will feature the ever-popular Demolition Derby, where the crash-and-bash road leads to victory.
All arena shows start at 7 p.m. Arena motorsport tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under.
New this year at arena events will be a giant screen showing instant replays of all the action. Ground-level fireworks will add to the excitement in the arena.
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