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Fairgrounds’ dilemma: Events too successful

Some of the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ most popular events may have become a little too popular – they’re practically running into each other.

The Nevada County Fair Board of Directors Tuesday will talk about traffic control and date conflicts at the Certified Growers Market during its review of the market contract. The board will also discuss adding a Thursday evening show to the Draft Horse Classic.



Some people are parking on McCourtney Road during Saturday Certified Growers Markets, generating complaints from motorists, said Ed Scofield, chief executive officer for the fair.




If the growers market is moved to another side of the fairgrounds because of other events, it makes it harder to get out onto McCourtney Road.

Scofield said measures need to be taken to control traffic during the market, which takes place Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

“We look at the growers market as part of our agricultural mission here, but some of these events have gotten so big we have to address them,” he said.

He also said it is a “challenge” to move the growers market around when other events are planned, such as the AKC Dog show Sept. 1-2 and the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival June 13-16.

“There may be times we have to say we’re not going to be able to do it,” or have to look at a shortened version, Scofield said.

Certified Growers Market board members either declined comment or could not be reached.

The Draft Horse Classic has become popular as well, but parking is not the problem – it’s the sold-out shows and performances topping the five-hour mark. The lengthy and packed shows have prompted the board to look at adding a Thursday evening show to the classic.

Know and Go

WHAT: Nevada County Fair Board of Directors special meeting

WHEN: Certified Growers Market contract review, 5:30 p.m.; Draft Horse Classic, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada County Fairgrounds office, Gate 1


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