Nevada County Fair Family of the Year chosen |

Nevada County Fair Family of the Year chosen

2013 Fair Family of the Year, from left, J.T., Kaytlin, John and Cindy McIntosh.
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John and Cindy McIntosh have been named the 2013 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fair’s board of directors. The board chose the McIntosh family for its ongoing support of the fair and its foundation, as well as for its commitment to volunteerism in the community.

For more than 45 years, the McIntoshes have been involved in the fair. John, who has attended the fair since 1962, has been an exhibitor, served as a volunteer at several fundraising and social events sponsored by the Fairgrounds Foundation and, years ago, worked at the fair as a parking attendant and janitor. Cindy has attended the fair since 1968 and has also exhibited in the fair (she’s won two best of shows!), volunteers at foundation events and worked in the Fur and Feathers area.

They have both volunteered for eight years at the Nevada County 4-H food booth and for more than 20 years at the Higgins Nacho food booth.

“The fair is the focal point of the year for many people,” John said. “For us, it is an opportunity to interact with adult and youth community organization members and see the growth and accomplishments of our county’s youth. We enjoy everything about the fair; we don’t want to miss a minute of it.”

Not surprisingly, the McIntosh family has many fond memories of the fair. For John, the fair serves as a reminder of the time spent with his parents, who have both passed away. For Cindy, she remembers when her mom would give her $5 and her watch and tell her to be back at the bingo booth at 5.

Another funny memory for Cindy occurred when their son, Kylle, was younger.

“John’s mom didn’t go to the fair with us one year,” Cindy said. “Kylle asked what she would do if she wasn’t going, so I answered that she’d … watch TV. Kylle looked at us with wide eyes and said, ‘There’s TV during the fair?’ He was shocked; he thought the whole world stopped for the fair.”

John and Cindy, who met at the Nevada County Fair in 1982, have been married for almost 22 years. They have two grown children, Maranda Brannon and Kylle Rose; two children at home, Kaytlin and J.T.; and three grandchildren. Kaytlin attends Sierra College and J.T. is a senior at Bear River High School. Both Kaytlin and J.T. have been involved in the fair as exhibitors — in still exhibits and in livestock — and Kaytlin serves in 4-H as an adult volunteer.

John is a captain with the Higgins Fire Department, where he has worked for 20 years. He volunteers with Nevada County 4-H and helps with youth summer camp. He also volunteers at various 4-H events in Northern California. Cindy, who works for the Renwick Home Team Real Estate office, also volunteers with Nevada County 4-H, where she has held executive offices. She also is the community club leader for Cool Hollow 4-H and camp director for Woodchuck Flat 4-H summer camp.

“Each year, the McIntosh family volunteers countless hours to the fair and to Nevada County,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the fairgrounds.

“Most recently, they arranged and supervised 4-H volunteers for the foundation’s Cioppino Feed. They are very humble and giving of their time, and it is an honor to recognize them as the fair’s Family of the Year.”

“We feel privileged and are excited to be part of a group of people that the fair honors,” John said.

The McIntosh family will be honored at the fair’s opening ceremonies. It will receive a fair package and family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. The 2013 Nevada County Fair is Aug. 7-11. Visit for information.

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