Rotary Clubs lead volunteer work day at Fairgrounds |

Rotary Clubs lead volunteer work day at Fairgrounds

(Photo by Andy Wright, Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary) — Rotarians from the five western Nevada County Rotary Clubs performed maintenance and clean-up work at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Saturday for Rotarians at Work Day, an international day of service marked by Rotary Clubs around the world. On this day each year, local Rotarians participate in community service projects in their own local communities. For more photos of the work day, see a photo gallery at

With the Nevada County Fairgrounds has facing diminished funds from the state of California, local Rotarians continue to step forward in support.

One hundred eighty volunteers participated at this year’s Rotary at Work Day, and with more than 200 at last year, this event continues to be the largest one-day community service project conducted in the county.

The volunteers worked hard staining fences, replacing roofs, laying concrete, painting barns, planting trees, removing decking and raking the grounds. They also replaced a dilapidated billboard that faced Highway 20 with a new billboard that includes the Fairgrounds logo.

“Rotary is over the top; they have helped with major improvements which were impossible to accomplish with our limited budget,” Fairgrounds CEO Sandy Woods said in a news release.

“The work completed at the Fairgrounds this weekend, and at last year’s Rotary at Work Day, serve as another reminder of the ongoing support and generosity of our community. We are so grateful to the Rotarians for organizing this yearly event, and we thank all the volunteers and businesses for their efforts in ensuring that the Fairgrounds remain beautiful and a source of pride for our community.”

On Saturday, the fairgrounds was spruced up with the help of the five local Rotary Clubs, local contractors, and many volunteers. Over 100 volunteers helped with nine major projects:

Re-roofing concession booth — This project included re-roofing the concession booth, ticket booth and restrooms. Kevin Casey, Mark Casey, Brent Fraser; Steve Halverson of Viking roofing and his crew donated their time and material to accomplish this project.

The wine pavilion — The wine pavilion is used throughout the spring, summer, and fall for outdoor events. The existing deck is very old. This deck is now torn up and a new concrete patio has been poured. Orson Hansen and the Hanson Brothers donated concrete and Daminan Earley donate a crew.

Horse barns — Last year the cow barns were painted; this year Rotary Clubs and volunteers painted the horse barns. There are two barns, each 150 feet by 30 feet. Jim Moule of Moule Paint and Glass donated the paint and supplies.

Main administrative area — Last year, South County Rotary painted the administrative office area. This year the 150 feet of cedar wood fencing was stained. Moule Paint and Glass donated paint and supplies.

Quaker Hill and Tall Pines — Last year in this area, the Rotary Clubs and community builders demolished the roof structure of the outdoor amphitheater. It was re-framed and roofed. There is a hexagon building that the fire departments annually use for their convention. This year’s project removed the existing shake roof shingles and put in a new roofs for the two open air buildings. With these improvements, it may become a beautiful venue for weddings. Kevin Casey and Mark Casey, of Caseywood, donated materials.

Highway 20 billboard — There was a dilapidated billboard on the Highway 20 side of the fairgrounds which was taken down and a new sign was put up. This new sign has the fairground logo and allows the fairgrounds to put up banners advertising events. Ed Townsend of Grass Valley Signs donated his time and materials.

Amphitheater — In the far side of the fairgrounds there was an attractive nuisance, an underground amphitheater into which a child could fall into. This hazard was taken down, and the debris removed. Charlie Fabor and David Petty of C&D Construction provided the excavator and Steve Cameron of Waste Management provided dumpsters for the project.

Fairgrounds raking — Last year, with all the help, the fairground management was impressed with the area cleaned. This year pine needles and pine cones were raked in all areas, except by the main fairgrounds building, where a quilting event was taking place. The marigold planters were also weeded.

Tree planting — Five redwoods and fine pine oak trees were planted. Mark Flemming of BP Landscaping provided the trees.

Volunteers included all five Rotary Clubs, Grass Valley Rotary Club, 49er Rotary Club, the Nevada City Rotary Club and the South County Rotary Club. Local contractors and volunteers from Bear River FFA, NU FFA, Sierra College Volunteer Club, Interact Club from Lyman Gilmore and Seven Hills, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, also participated in the event, which amounted to more than 180 individuals volunteering their time and efforts to perform much-needed repairs and maintenance at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The Rotary Clubs thank local business for their support, including Steve Cameron of Waste Management; Kevin Casey, Mark Casey, Brent Fraser of Caseywood; Daminan Earley of Early Concrete Pumping; Charlie Fabor and David Petty of C&D Construction; Mark Flemming of BP Landscapingl Orson Hanson, Hanson family of the Hanson Bros.; Steve Halverson of Viking roofingl Dave Matson of DMC Concrete; Jim Moule of Moule Paint and Glass; Ed Townsend of Grass Valley Signs.

“It was an amazing day filled with so much enthusiasm for the work at hand,” said Scott Spencer, organizer of the event. “We aimed high this year – and we met our goals! It is amazing what can be accomplished when a large group works together for a common goal. A special thank you goes to the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ maintenance crew for all their work in preparing for the Rotary at Work Day, and for going above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate the various needs for this event. It truly was a team effort.”

— This story was updated 11:15 a.m. May 6, 2013.

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