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Arguably, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is the most beautiful in the state of California. Have you seen any more beautiful? But not only is it a beautiful place, there is such a diverse amount of activity going on there … sometimes it feels like the heart of the county.

Take this weekend. Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, you can buy an array of organic produce, specialty items, jams, honey and cut flowers at the Organic Growers’ Market. One stop through there and you can gather enough produce (and meat, if you eat it) for a week. I always buy fresh flowers because they’re such a nice accent and different from “traditional” flower arrangements available elsewhere.

Not long after the Growers’ Market closed (noon) I was back at the Fairgrounds for the annual Roamin Angels Car Show. This show gets bigger every year and this year it was outstanding – about 580 cars entered, not counting the cars displayed by the Angels. In addition to the car show, there were arts and crafts, food vendors and music. There was also a special ceremony in honor of the tragedy of Sept. 11. I was there in an “official” capacity because The Union sponsored a trophy to be given out Sunday (the “Hot Off the Presses” award.) I selected the green Ford panel truck owned by Jon and Sandee Shoemaker of Grass Valley and was on hand to give them their award on Sunday.

Saturday night it was back to the fairgrounds – again – for the Foothill Theatre Company’s annual Shakespeare Festival in the Fairgrounds’ amphitheater. The play on Saturday was “As You Like It,” and it was a hoot!! There is nothing to compare to sitting under the stars on a warm evening with friends, watching a first-rate production of Shakespeare. It was fabulous! I can’t say enough about the amazing actors that make up the Shakespeare troupe. It makes for a magical evening.

So, are our fairgrounds special? You bet. From morning to night there is something for everybody. That’s another wonderful thing about this county we live in. There is always so much to do that the only dilemma on the weekend is fitting it all in.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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