Lazy Dog owners win 2015 Blue Ribbon Award at fair |

Lazy Dog owners win 2015 Blue Ribbon Award at fair

Debbe and Bob Peterson accept their award at a surprise presentation.
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Bob and Debbe Peterson, creators and owners of Lazy Dog Ice Cream, were named 2015 Blue Ribbon Award recipients by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors.

The Petersons were recognized for their devotion to the fair and for fostering positive community relations.

The Petersons, who said they were “absolutely stunned” to receive the Blue Ribbon award, have been making ice cream bars and candy since 1982, and at the fair for 28 years.

“Over the years, it has truly been a pleasure to work with the Petersons,” said former Fair CEO Sandy Woods. “Their energy has been boundless, and I am thrilled that they are being honored for their marvelous spirit, their love for the fairgrounds, and for their impressive business venture, Lazy Dog Ice Cream.”

The Petersons also serve their ice cream during the annual Draft Horse Classic. Also, during the Country Christmas Faire, they create a holiday gift booth filled with candies and chocolates.

Also awarded the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award was the Foothill Lions Club. The club was recognized for its ongoing support of the fairgrounds, and for its partnership with the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation in producing the annual Cioppino Feed.

“The Foothill Lions Club feels honored and privileged to receive the Blue Ribbon Award from the Nevada County Fairgrounds,” said Jack Kuhwarth, president of the Foothill Lions Club. “Our club feels that the Nevada County Fairgrounds is an integral part of the community that brings all factions of our society together in its various events. We thank them for this honor.”

The Cioppino Feed, which was inspired by Foothill Lions Club founder Arnie Romanello, has grown into a partnership project between the club and the Fairgrounds Foundation.

The majority of the club members devote their energy in the kitchen making cioppino. The Foothill Lions Club also runs the arena beer booth during the fair and Draft Horse Classic.

The Blue Ribbon Award was created by Western Fairs Association, a nonprofit trade association serving the fair industry, to recognize those who support their local fair and continuously contribute its quality.

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