To be fair: The Nevada County Fair will begin this week

Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Dale Chasse walks along the golden lane, filled with blooming marigolds in preparation for the fairgrounds opening day Wednesday of next week. Rides and attractions from Butler Amusements have started to fill the fairgrounds which will run from August 10-14.
Photo: Elias Funez

Well, Nevada County, it’s that time of year again.

Bring your penchant for corn dogs and twisted ice cream cones and get ready to celebrate the Nevada County Fair, which takes place Wednesday through August 14 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds – 1228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley – commonly referred to as “California’s finest fairground”. .

According to Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO Dale Chasse, this year’s fair should be a much-needed good time after two years of the pandemic.

“Last year it was an abbreviated fair because we weren’t sure we could hold the fair,” Chasse explained. “And there were restrictions, which was good.

“All the other county fairs went pretty well. The community wants to come to county fairs and we expect to be very busy. »

Pre-sale tickets and wristbands, he added, are selling out quickly, including arena shows that include Monster Trucks and the Destruction Derby.

“People voted and they wanted to see the tough trucks and monster vehicles.”

Spectators react to the chaos of metal-munching vehicles during the destruction derby at the 2021 fair. The arena event was sold out despite the derby having fewer competitors than in previous years.

While there are no restrictions, COVID-wise, in place, Chasse encourages the public to use common sense; wash your hands and do not attend if you feel sick.

Parking may be restricted, so Chasse encourages everyone to use the shuttle systems offered not only by Gold Country Stage, but also by Durham Transportation. Gold Country’s will have many stops in the area, while Durham will depart from Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, every 30 minutes.

The fair, Chasse explained, will be a good place for family and friends to mingle and, of course, eat.

“We have good food,” he said, “and we try to keep prices low. Prices have gone up, but we try to work with nonprofits and community vendors, but all stay low to satisfy the community. People want food. So we pushed that and made sure we had different varieties. Drink prices are also reasonable.


Wendy Wernigg, the salon’s rental and concessions coordinator, said there will be a few new additions to the popular Treat Street range.

“The United Way of Nevada County serves nachos. The Bear River High School Football Boosters will be selling fresh cut fruit and agua frescas,” she announced.

Additionally, she said the fair’s board had voted to allow local trade vendors in stalls on South Treat Street. The Sweet Spot will sell cupcakes, cake pops and specialty cookies, while Mosh Posh Marketplace will distribute cookies and gravy for breakfast, with pastas and salads for lunch and dinner.

People browse early Treat Street options at the 2021 Nevada County Fair.

Always present, the emblematic marigolds lining the aisles of the exhibition center. Chasse said one of his mistakes was to suggest they choose another type of flower to decorate the grounds. The play, he said, fell silent.

“I thought it was a bit unique; have we thought of another type of flower? I swear the room was silent, like, are you kidding? It goes back to I think they used a different flower but they went to marigold. Watering and growing had a good response.

Chasse said, “I think we’re going to have a huge county fair.”

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Jennifer Nobles is a staff writer for The Union. She can be contacted at [email protected]

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