County fair organizers gear up for Aug. 6 |

County fair organizers gear up for Aug. 6

Nevada County Fairgrounds rolled out its schedule Thursday for the county fair from Aug. 6-10.

New exhibits at the fair this year include a showcase of Nevada County wineries in the main building, a miniature dog race and a special educational section where children can milk artificial cows, saddle artificial ponies and create scarecrows, said Sandy Woods, deputy manager at the fairgrounds.

“There’s more at the fair than you can see in five days,” Woods said. “We have so many wonderful exhibits, great music and the food on Treat Street is superb.”

The theme for this year’s fair is “Barnyard Buckaroos.” Some of the general attractions include a daily parade at 5 p.m., rodeo, bullriding, motor sports, magic shows, karaoke and puppetry.

The Haute Trash Fashion Show will take place at the Pine Tree Stage on the opening and closing nights. Musicians scheduled to perform includes the Shane Dwight Band from the Bay Area, Steel Breeze from Reno and Mogollon from Gold Canyon, Ariz., Woods said.

The fair will showcase about 300 vendors and is expected to draw nearly 100,000 visitors, Woods estimated.

At present “we’ve tagged all the market animals that will be sold on Sunday, Aug. 10,” she said.

People who are interested in displaying their artworks, collectibles, agricultural products and livestock at the fair can fill out the paperwork in person or online at

The price of general admission tickets have gone up by a dollar this year to $8 per person, Woods said. But those buying tickets in advance can get them for $4 each, Woods added.

Entry fees remain the same for seniors and children. Seniors pay $6 per person. Tickets for children ages 6-12 cost $3. Children 5 years and under can come for free.

Kids’ Day is on Thursday, Aug. 7, when children, 12 years and under, are admitted for free between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

n For more information about admission packages, events and schedules, call the fairgrounds at 273-6217 or visit

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