Nevada County Fair

Nevada County Fair

The Nevada County Fair is right around the corner with 5 days full of rides, exhibits, demonstrations, arts & crafts, animals, music and so much more.  The fair runs from Wednesday, August 7th through Sunday, August 11th at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, gates open at 10am on Wednesday with activities and fun for the whole family.  Check out the daily fair schedule, special contests, entertainment guide, Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Monster Truck and Demolition Derby.  New this year includes:  White water flume ride (log ride!), Megan the Bubbleologist, Family Farm (fun area to learn about local agriculture), Giant Yard Games, Motocross Madness and Night of Fire Thrill Show.

Entertainment this year includes Elevation Funk Band featuring J. Silk, David Perez BandMogollon, Star People, Amanda Gray, Petty Luv, Chris Crockett to name a few.   In addition to the rides, music and events are the barns full of livestock, games and buildings full of exhibits (7,500 this year).   Or maybe you want to try one of the Special Events?  This year’s contents include: Jell-O Eating Contest,  Squash Mobile Racing, Frozen Shirt Challenge (be the first to thaw a frozen shirt and get it on) and Watermelon Eating Challenge.   There are lots of great local organizations selling food to help raise funds for their programs year round (last year Treat Street raised over $900,000 for local non-profit organizations).  With 31 different booths on Treat Street do you choose the same thing every year or mix it up?   Did you know the Job’s Daughter Corn Dog booth sells between 15,000 – 19,000 corn dogs every year at the Fair?  Or that Grass Valley Host Lions Club serves approximately 16,000 ears of corn over the course of the whole fair.

 Special promotions each day of the Fair:

  • Wednesday: Scholar Students Day,  Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm
  • Thursday: Community Day $3 admission all day for adults and children (free to children 5 and under), Free admission for disabled persons (and a chaperone for those who require assistance) until 5 pm
  • Friday: Family Friday, Free parking in Fair lots until noon.  One free carnival ride coupon for first 500 guests
  • Saturday: Military Appreciation Day, Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm
  • Sunday: Sunday Funday, Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm

If you’re worried about parking, don’t forget you can take the Gold Country Stage to the fair, click here for details and times.  While you can save time and buy your tickets online, post a comment here and one lucky InnSide Nevada City blog reader will win a giveaway including four admission tickets, a one day parking ticket and a few rides.  Winner will be announced on Monday, August 5th.  **Edited to say the winner is Leia.

© 2019 InnSide Nevada City, Photos by Lenkaland Photography

30 replies
  1. Rachel C.
    Rachel C. says:

    The fair is such a special time for me and my daughter. Her birthday always lands during fair week and it is always exciting for her to spend the day going crazy and enjoying herself. It also makes it fun for them because school starts the following week, so it’s kind of like a last hurrah! She normally likes to go to the rodeo and see the cute kids wrangling sheep lol We always have such a blast. Our fair is just the best! Can’t wait!

  2. Meg Menits
    Meg Menits says:

    I am new to the area and am looking forward to going to the fair. I am a single mom with 3 kids, so free tickets to the fair would be awesome!

    Meg Menits

  3. Kendra Mae
    Kendra Mae says:

    Excited for the fair this year, it’s my daughters first time be big enough to enjoy the rides 🙂 looking forward to taking her <3

  4. Roseann
    Roseann says:

    I’m excited to take our little one to see the animals at the fair for the first time. And we maaaay ride a couple rides and eat a corndog or two. 🙂

  5. Diane Richards
    Diane Richards says:

    Growing up in Sacramento, I’ve been to the California State Fair many times over the years. I hate to say I no longer look forward to the Fair, anymore. The Sacramento County Fair is not very exciting, either. A couple of years ago, I attended fairs in other neighboring counties and really enjoyed them.

    I have not been to the Nevada County Fair, yet, but would love to go. Nevada County, when the State Fair had a large number of counties enter a county exhibit, always had one of the most beautiful ones, year after year. I look forward to attending your beautiful fair!

  6. Nancy Beagle
    Nancy Beagle says:

    The fair is Nevada County’s Disneyland! I work at a domestic violence safe house and if I win, I will be giving the kids there the tickets 🙂

  7. Janis
    Janis says:

    My favorites are everything. The beautiful grounds, colorful lights of the rides, the food (corn on the cob, tacos, frosties), the buildings full of local art, so talented, the music and demonstrations. It’s so much fun. I love the fair!

  8. Teresa
    Teresa says:

    I am so excited to attend the Nevada County Fair for the first time, and bring my family! I’m a sucker for baby animals, fair food, quirky contests, and summer dancing under the trees. I can’t wait to check out Treat Street, and watch (or maybe even participate) in some fun contests! Thank you for this share! ✨✨

  9. Debbie C
    Debbie C says:

    We LOVE our little fair. It’s just the right size. It’s always fun to see so many from the community. You know whatever day you go, you’re going to run into friends while making some nice memories. It truly is a country fair where there’s room for everyone to participate, not just attend.

  10. Sue m.
    Sue m. says:

    I love that our fair is considered one of the best, due to our beautiful fairgrounds and of course, treat street! Always a great time to be had!!

  11. Denise Bryant
    Denise Bryant says:

    I’m looking forward to going to the fair this year! Somehow we missed it last year. We love seeing the animals and all the exhibits, and we enjoy lunch on Treat Street! Its a fun way to spend the day!

  12. Leia
    Leia says:

    Love the fair. Seeing the talents of nevada county on display, supporting the non profits by eating yummy food, and talking with the dedicated 4H kids. It’s an experience to enjoy.

  13. Wendy H
    Wendy H says:

    Fair Time! This is such a great time, just before school starts and summer is still happening! Classic Nevada County!

  14. Mary Holland
    Mary Holland says:

    I love the Ugly Cake contest! I’m looking forward to a corndog and cinnamon roll this year 🙂

  15. trisha lambert
    trisha lambert says:

    i would love to go to the fair! new to nevada county this year, although the fair is priced really low, alas its not in our budget this year

  16. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Love the Nevada County Fair everything about it including volunteering it’s a feel good kind of thing! Time for family, fun and friends too

  17. Sarah Whittaker
    Sarah Whittaker says:

    We love our fair! My daughter’s favorite event every year! Food, games, fun things to do, animals, ice cream and corn dogs!

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