Country Christmas kicks off at the fairgrounds |

Country Christmas kicks off at the fairgrounds

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John Hart | The Union

Nothing says holidays quite like handmade goods, cheerful carolers and gingerbread houses.

The 28th annual Country Christmas Faire is taking place again at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and features vendors, festival food, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, a community bonfire, wagon rides around the fairgrounds and live entertainment from Victorian singers, bell-ringing RiverBells and the Sierra Symphony quartet.

The winner of the gingerbread house competition will also be displayed in Cowbell’s Barn.

“I believe we had about 55 entries,” said Wendy Oaks, Nevada County Fairground publicist.

Clear Creek Elementary’s Errand Elves will be collecting tips as donations for their science camp fund by holding and storing packages for visitors while they shop.

“You can buy something and not want to carry it around for you, and they will babysit the packages for you,” said Robin Hauck, fairgrounds deputy manager.

All funds will have to be used for science camp, according to Clear Creek District secretary Jennifer Vierra.

“Our students will wear Errand Elf vests, hats and pouches with our official Clear Creek logo inscribed,” Vierra said.

Girl Scouts will provide free childcare that is open for tips as donations to the organization, so visitors can shop without having to worry about children.

The fairgrounds is collaborating with Helping Other People Eat (HOPE), offering $1 off admission with a donated can of food Sunday, Nov. 25. HOPE volunteers will be stationed at gates 1, 3 and 5, which is where the dollar-off coupon will be received.

Attendance is usually between 9,000 to 12,000 over the three days of the event, according to Oaks.

“It’s just a fun event with the music playing in the background and there are great decorations,” Oaks said. “It’s one of my favorite events at the fairgrounds.”

Vendors will offer handmade holiday items, ornaments, jewelry, wooden crafts, soaps and lotions, hand-woven baskets, stained glass, candles, beadwork, and dozens of other gifts, according to Hauck.

“All vendors have to have made at least 70 percent of product themselves,” Houck said.

Jamie Dent has vended Red Barn Craft Co. at Country Christmas for three years and is offering primitive country and home decor items.

“I offer a lot of country Christmas seasonal items,” Dent said. “Wooden snowmen, old painted antiques, snowmen made out of old barn wood and thousands of ornaments from country to primitive to shabby chic.”

Dent and her mother make every item from their home in Reno and travel to shows to sell their pieces.

According to Dent, Country Christmas is her favorite show with the seasonal spirit and caring fairground coordinators.

“Everyone is happy and the magic that comes out of this show is phenomenal,” Dent said. “The people that run this fairground are amazing, good, kind-hearted and want you to have a wonderful experience.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call (530) 477-4230.

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