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Writing tournament winning selections

Editors note: For the next three weeks, The Union will publish the winning entries from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools recent Writing Tournament for middle school students. This week will feature the unedited first-place entries in Expository Writing, after students listened to Robin Hauck, deputy manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.



Expository Writing

7th Grade, 1st Place




Nevada County Fairgrounds is a major event center that, among other things, is the location of the Nevada County Fair. The fair’s deputy manager, Robin Hauck, works for the Seventeenth District Agricultural Association, which presents and creates the fair for the state of California. Many people attend every year.

As Robin Hauck said, “Though many don’t know this, rides are classified into four categories.” These four include “Spectacular” rides, “Major” rides, “Family” rides, and “Kiddie” rides. “Spectacular” rides are meant to amaze and are wonderful to look at as well as to ride. This category includes the hundred foot tall ferris wheel, which brings a sense of grandeur to the hundred acres of the fair. Also included is the Footloose, which is one of five in California.

Major rides are different from the spectacular rides because they are cheaper, such as fun houses and the Super Slide. Family rides are, obviously, designed for families of adults and children. An example of this category is the Lolly Swing, which has child appealing imagery of lollipops. Adults enjoy these rides also, and often go on with their children. Kiddie rides, however, are not designed for adults at all. These are smaller versions of the ideas behind spectacular and major rides, designed exclusively for children.

These rides are mostly presented by Butler Amusements, which is the fairs sponsor. A few kiddie rides were bought in 2008, by Butler Amusements, from Neverland Ranch, which was owned by Micheal Jackson. Since many kids are fascinated with the idea of celebrities, being able to ride on the same ride as Micheal Jackson is very fun for them.

Another fair highlight is Treat Street, where people can buy and eat signature fair food such as cotton candy and hot dogs. With the exception of a few traveling professional food dealers such as the cinnamon roll vendors, most Treat Street vendors are local and non-profit, like corn dog sellers Job’s Daughters.

Good deeds are plentiful at the fair, as money from sold food goes both to the community and the next fair. LED lights are more and more common, with the ferris wheel now using 20,000 instead of the past 60,000 watts. Environmental cleanness is valuable.

Agriculture and livestock are very important parts of the fair, and around 10,000 exhibitors submit contest entrys in these areas every year. 4,000 of those people are submitting livestock. Great work is put into these things, with 240 cubic yards of shading being brought out just for sheep and hogs to sleep under.

Many people are required to operate the fair. About 250 people are working while the fair is happening. Two gardeners in the fair staff plant marigolds just for decoration of the fairs main path, and they garden at the fair every night when the Fair is going.

The next fair is themed “Under the Big Top” and is from August 7 to August 11. 98,000 people attend on average ever year, and are expected to come this year. The fair is an amazing experience for all involved, and the community is very appreciative of the people that put their time and effort into making this happen.

Expository Writing

8th Grade, 1st Place

The Nevada County Fair here in California is a big attraction and event for the people of Nevada County. This year’s theme will be Under the Big Top, and Deputy Manager Robin Hauck thinks it will be a big hit. You can come enjoy the rides or pick up a corn dog on Treat Street. The children can have a blast interacting with the livestock orf just relax while looking at the still exhibits.

There are four types of rides at the Nevada County Fair. The spectacular rides such as Footloose or the Zipper are the most expensive rides for the fair to purchase because they are for thrill and take a lot of management. The major rides cost less, but give the same amount of enjoyment. For the family, there are certain rides, such as the Lollypop swings or the ferris wheel to enjoy the fair with your whole family. Robin Hauck says, “The Ferris Wheel gives a spectacular view of the fairgrounds.” For your youngest children, the fair provides kiddy rides to entertain younger youth. These give a thrill of going fast for children even when they are slower than they seem. Rides are some of the biggest attractions here at the Nevada County fair, and provide the maximum amount of enjoyment for you and your family.

Treat Street is the street you can purchase food from. You can purchase a variety of foods here and the help is all volunteer. All of the money earned goes toward the community, including scholarships for schools. Robin Hauck describes this as a “wonderful full circle community helping the community.” Treat Street is unique because it is all local. So come on down to the Nevada County Fair and pick up one of our famous corn dogs or pasties.

There is a variety of livestock here at the fair. There are 2 groups, market animals, and performance classes. The market animals stay at the fair to be judged and on the last day are sold at our live auction to people looking for a home-raised animal. The performance class is strictly only for show. The exhibitors are placed according to the qualities of their animal and receive ribbons for the 1st through 3rd placings. The fair’s exhibitors range from 4-Hers, FFA members, or independent individuals, both adults and youth. A lot of the animals require shavings; their bedding, and the fair purchases 240 cubic yards of shavings. At the end of fair, 28 16 yard dump trucks of manure take the fertilizers to local farms to be used for crops and plants. The fair gives to the community, a lot of their earnings and bi-products, such as manure, to help the community.

The fair also needs a lot of management. They have an estimate of 250 workers and only 2 gardeners. They rent 110 radios to communicate. A lot of their help comes from volunteers as well. The marigolds planted along the sidewalks are donated and planted by FFA. Some fun facts are that 4 tons of ice is required for Treat Street. This is the 31st year for the corn dog booth, and they usually serve from 15,000-19,000 corn dogs a year. The Ferris Wheel uses LED lights and use only 20,000 watts instead of the original 60,000. Some of the fun contests are for the ugliest cakes, or the costume contest with rabbits and chickens. The Gentle Giant monument represents both the draft horses and logging, what Nevada County is known for. There are also still exhibits to enter art, flowers, wood working, or other projects in the fair.

The Nevada County Fair is proud of their work as well as their setup and themes. It supports events in the community as well as high school music festivals and the fairgrounds Federation. We encourage everyone who enjoys wholesome country style and modern thrills to participate at the Nevada County fair this year.


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