Lack of interest halts fair pageant |

Lack of interest halts fair pageant

For the first time in at least 20 years, there will be no Miss Nevada County Fair crowned when the fair begins next week.

Ed Scofield, CEO of the Nevada County Fair, said Monday that only three contestants submitted their name for the annual contest, and one of them dropped out.

“We simply didn’t have enough applicants,” he said. “It’s a little disappointing, but these things come and go.”

Scofield restarted the competition after becoming the fair’s manager in 1983. Over the years, it evolved to include a panel of judges who critiqued an interview, a choreographed dance routine and a personal talent competition.

Scofield said the demise of the pageant could reflect changing tastes at the fairgrounds. This year, the fair has added the “A ‘moo’ ican Idol” karaoke contest, as well as lawnmower races.

Scofield said the karaoke contest, where Nevada County contestants compete for cash and a chance to participate in the regional competition at the Gold Country Fairgrounds, has sparked particular interest.

“If that’s something that we think is going to be successful, we may bring it to the main stage,” Scofield said.

Earlier this year, the 3-year-old Miss Nevada County pageant was also cancelled due to lack of funds.

Scofield said there’s a chance the Miss Nevada County Fair competition could return next year, if there’s enough interest.

“All it takes is somebody walking in the door and saying they want to do it. We’d like to make it work.”

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