Nevada County Fair brings the smiles: What’s your favorite attraction? (VIDEO) |

Nevada County Fair brings the smiles: What’s your favorite attraction? (VIDEO)

The Ferris Wheel is among the dozens of attractions bringing the the fun, and the smiles, to the Nevada County Fair
Kael Newton | Kael Newton


Nevada County Fairgrounds

11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Saturday-Sunday—10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Exhibit buildings 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday until 9 p.m.

Carnival opens at 11 a.m. daily

Worship Services: 9-10 a.m. Sunday in the Special Events Tent

Saturday: Salute to Our Armed Services Day

All active and retired military who show ID are admitted for free. Please note that this is for active and retired military members only, and does not include family.

Sunday: Community Day

“Five Until Five” Fair-goers can purchase admission for $5 until 5 p.m..

Junior Livestock Auction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

On Friday, Bear River High School senior Andrew Rolland joined me, as we headed over to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, to ask that burning, essential question: “What is your favorite attraction at the fair?”

While many responses were expected — the rides and Treat Street are always favorites — there was also considerable love for the art exhibits. Even the separatist State of Jefferson tent got in on the inclusive nature of the fine arts exhibitions. The fine folks at the California Highway Patrol booth favored the Railroad Museum’s attraction.

The conglomeration of fairgoers, from young to old and with a diverse range of interests and pursuits at the fair, clearly had one thing in common: their smiles. (Visit for a video version of this report).

Bill and Ruth Hottel were enjoying the shade at the Calvary Bible coffee shop while Ruth enjoyed a tasty chocolate covered banana from the beloved Lazy Dog ice cream stand.

“I wait all year for one of these,” she said with a smile and, as if to punctuate the point, took a bite of the treat.

The Hottels both bore sizeable grins while discussing their enjoyment of the fair and the photography exhibits in particular.

Emma Lauterbach and Joe Fenner, Nevada Union High School alumni, were harder to track down. But fortunately for the viewing public Andrew and I are quick on our feet, and on the draw, and we managed to find out that Fenner loves the rides at the Fair, particularly the Zipper. Emma concurred with Ruth Hottel that Lazy Dog ice cream is not to be missed.

“Lazy Dog ice cream, it’s the best,” said Lauterbach emphatically, adding, “the brownie ice cream sandwiches, it just doesn’t really matter what’s in it because that’s their best thing.”

Meanwhile, Caspar Hendricks, a student at Oregon State University, and Nevada Union graduate Falyn Lazarus were ambling their way around the fair when we caught up with them. Falyn, perhaps ironically, liked the infomercial-style vitamin booth, while Caspar had a soft spot for the bunnies.

“Yeah, there was a little guy who, he looked like a dog almost, standing on his hind legs and it was really cute,” Caspar said.

Different responses, but with an overarching theme that would continue to play out throughout our time at the fair. Everyone was wearing a smile Friday.

Visit to vote for your favorite fair attraction in an online poll.

Kael Newton is a Nevada Union High School graduate and current student at the University of Oregon, interning at The Union. He can be reached at

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