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Fair enough? 2002’s more than enough

The Union StaffAttendees strolled along the midway at last year's fair.
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Last year, 120,000 Nevada County Fair visitors took in the sights and sounds all day and night because it was the place to be.

During Fair Week, area venues take a break and meetings are postponed as most residents visit the fair at least once.

When the 2002 fair opens Wednesday, which runs through Aug. 11, expect the usual good old-fashioned fun.

There are the obligatory scary along with gentle carnival rides, livestock shows, the renowned Treat Street presented by 30 nonprofit organizations, a petting zoo, ongoing entertainment and more than 10,000 competition entries submitted by 2,600 area residents.

This year’s patriotic theme is “Red, White & Blue!”

Starting Wednesday, a free shuttle leaves the Nevada Union High School Parking lot off Ridge Road for the fairgrounds every half hour, starting at 8:30 a.m. The last shuttle returns to the school at 11:30 p.m.


WHAT: Nevada County Fair

WHEN: Wednesday to Aug. 11

WHERE: Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

ADMISSION: $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Parking at Gate 4 is $3.


Concerts, racing, monster trucks at fairgrounds as well

Special events are held at the Nevada County Fair’s arena for an additional fee.

Stew Stewart opens the first arena concert with country western music, rock ‘n’ roll and blues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Stewart will be joined by the Fabulous Drifters and a member of the original Coasters. The concert is a benefit for the Grass Valley-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce. Admission is $30 for adults or $90 for a family package good for two adults and three children under age 17. Call 274-7599 for tickets, which are also available at the fairgrounds. If pre-purchased by Tuesday, fair admission is included.

All other arena events are at 7 p.m., and admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children under 12.

Rain, a tribute band to the Beatles, will be in the arena Aug. 8.

Quad and cycle racing and monster trucks will provide thrills on Aug. 9. In the big-air demonstration, motorcyclists shoot up an 8-foot ramp, perform stunts, fly through the air and then land 70 feet away.

On Aug. 10, tuff and monster trucks rumble into the arena. The Destruction Derby is the arena events finale on Aug. 11.

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