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Nevada County Fair planned for August 12-16, 2015

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The Nevada County Fairgrounds confirmed this week that the 2015 Nevada County Fair will continue as planned on August 12-16, 2015.

While the Fairgrounds are currently being used for a command post and fire camp, the Fair team is busy behind the scenes preparing for its biggest event of the year – the Nevada County Fair.

“There have been rumors of the Fair’s cancellation, but that was never part of our plan,” said Rea Callender, CEO of the Fairgrounds. “While we are happy to be able to assist our community and provide a place of rest for our heroic firefighters, we are still busy preparing for this year’s Fair, which opens in less than two weeks.”

To date, the Fair has received more than 7,000 entries for community exhibits, discounted tickets are being sold, and entries for special contests are being accepted.

Additionally, the Fair confirmed that Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair – will take place in the Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3. This year, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is teaming up with the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, Sierra Harvest, NEO, and BloodSource for Community Involvement Day. These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 parking lot on Monday, August 3, from 1 to 6 p.m., to receive donations of items.

“The fire camp will still be on the grounds during Community Involvement Day, but we’re ready to host the event, which will cause little disruption to the fire camp,” said Callender.

While the Fair will take place as planned in two weeks, the grounds are currently closed to pedestrians and bicyclists; and RV camping is limited. The Fairgrounds will notify the community when these services are open again to the public.

The Main Office will continue to sell advanced sale Fair tickets, and continues to be open during normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

“On August 12, we will be ready to open our gates to the community and welcome them to the 2015 Nevada County Fair,” said Callender. “At that time, we’ll also take the time to celebrate our community and thank our firefighters for their efforts in keeping us all safe.

For information about the Nevada County Fair, August 12-16, call 530-273-6217 or visit

- Nevada County Fairgrounds

(Photo: Kial James)

Blue Moon Trek for Families

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The Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) invites families to spend an evening at Burton Homestead to watch the rising of the Blue Moon.

Blue Moon Trek for Families will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 31 at Burton Homestead, Lake Vera Drive. The event is part of BYLT’s ongoing Encounter Nature programming.

During the Blue Moon Trek, families will hear stories and sing songs, learn about blue moons, take a short 20 minute moonlight hike, and lie under the stars under a magical Nevada City night. The event is open to families and children of all ages.

“My passion is for kids to encounter nature. My favorite season is summer because of the late nights and warm air. Come join us for an event that only happens once every three years. Come learn why we have the saying, ‘once in a blue moon.’ Spend time with your family and explore the magic of Burton Homestead as we look to the sky as it slowly changes colors and await the arrival of the blue moon,” said Christy McCracken, BYLT’s Youth Programs Manager.

Bring flashlights, blankets for sitting on and a light sweatshirt. Cost is $20 per family. Register at

A blue moon is an additional full moon that appears in a subdivision of a year, either the third of four full moons in a season or, a second full moon in a month of the common calendar. The phrase has nothing to do with the actual color of the moon.

BYLT is a community-supported nonprofit organization now in its 25th year that has worked to permanently protect 9,000 acres, build and maintain more than 35 miles of trail and provide nature programming that gets people of all ages outdoors.

- Bear Yuba Land Trust

2015 Summer Fairs, Festivals & Concerts in Nevada County

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Summer is the perfect time to visit Nevada County and enjoy one of the many fairs and festivals that are happening throughout the season. From California WorldFest to the Sierra Storytelling Festival to the annual Nevada County Fair, there is some type of fair, festival or gathering almost every weekend to delight all ages and interests. A few of the festivals are featured below.

California WorldFest
July 16-19, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
The Center for the Arts presents California WorldFest featuring eight stages of music from around the world. Visitors can also enjoy camping, workshops, international food, fine crafts and children’s programming. This year’s line-up includes diverse music such as King Sunny Ade and his African Beats, Lucinda Williams, Buffy Saint-Marie, Emisunshine, Birds of Chicago, and much more.

30th Annual Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 17-19, 2015 – North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center
Set among the towering pines, sloping lawns and historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is now in its 30th year. Known as “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals,” it brings a line-up of internationally recognized storytellers to the Schoolhouse stages.

Nevada County Fair
August 12-16, 2015 – Nevada County Fairgrounds
Enjoy five days of entertainment and fun for fair-goers of all ages at the Nevada County Fair. The Fair presents the perfect opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, delicious food, carnival rides, animals and exhibits – at the “most beautiful fairgrounds in California.” This is affordable fun for the whole family.

15th Annual Nevada City Film Festival
September 10-13, 2015 – Historic Downtown Nevada City
The Nevada City Film Festival brings award-winning shorts and feature films from around the world to the historic venues of Nevada City. A four-day celebration of art, music, and independent film-making, NCFF includes screenings, workshops, special performances, parties and a live comedy show.

To view all events in Nevada County, click here.

(Source: Nevada County Tourism)

2015 Nevada County AirFest kicks off today

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The 2015 Nevada County AirFest begins today, July 10 with the Hangar Party & Dinner Dance from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The fun continues all day Saturday, beginning with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. The day includes vintage aircraft fly-bys, radio controlled aircraft demonstrations, Patriots L-39 Jet Demonstrations Team, skydiver demonstrations, and more.

To learn more about the Nevada County AirFest, click here.

SFist names Nevada City to its “9 Best Outdoor Getaways In And Around The Bay Area”

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Nevada City is named as one of “The 9 Best Outdoor Getaways In And Around The Bay Area,” in a July 1, 2015 online article on SFist.

“It’s summer, officially, and and thus vacation season, but a lot of us have either not found the money to take a real vacation this year like we deserve, or we haven’t had the time or bandwidth to plan one. So, we bring you some best bets for quick and easy trips out of town that won’t kill your wallet, or require a passport.

“Nevada City

“An old gold rush town that looks like it without being hokey, Nevada City is home to charming shops and cafés, not to mention the Treats and their amazing ice cream. If a great a cone doesn’t justify the more than three hours spent in the car from San Francisco, it will all be worth it when you’re soaking in the cool waters of the South Yuba River. For that, Mountain Dog is a favorite swimming hole, written up in SacMag here. Yes, this getaway is a great overnight mission given the distance, so let me recommend the beautiful Chute Hill Campground for a night under the stars (weather permitting). — Caleb Pershan”

To read the full SFist article, click here.

(Source: Jay Barmann/; Photo: Amy Lenzo via Flickr)

Nevada County Airport information video

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The Nevada County Airport is an important component of Nevada County’s transportation infrastructure. It hosts the Nevada County AirFest every other summer with a wide variety of activities for all ages. The Golden Empire Flying Association and the local Experimental Aircraft Association #1175 are among the many groups of aviation enthusiasts who utilize the airport.

A 7-minute video provides a comprehensive overview of the airport that appeals on all levels: to pilots, visitors, residents and businesses.

To learn more about the Nevada County Airport, click here. To learn more about other regional airports or other sources of transportation to Nevada County, click here.

Watch a Nevada County Airport promotional video, here:

(Source: Mountain Event Productions; Courtesy of County of Nevada Social Media)

AFAR travel magazine promotes Purdon Crossing swimming hole

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AFAR travel magazine mentions Purdon Crossing in their new “Swimming Holes!” list.

“Swimming holes are, by nature, off the beaten path. Often accessible only on foot, these natural pools afford beautiful views and refreshing swims well worth the hike (and far from the tourists). We have curated our favorite places to take a dip, from Croatia to Nevada City, shown to us by locals. Jump in!

Wonderful place to relax on a warm summer day” by Greg Sullivan, originally published 7/10/12.

7. Purdon Road South
Yuba River

19684-20198 Purdon Rd.
Nevada City, California

“I just spent the weekend following the 4th of July up near Nevada City. It got over 90 degrees during the day, so we headed to the river. Although lots of people had similar ideas, I was with a local who directed us to this spot and we had it to ourselves. You park near the bridge and hike along the ridge above the river (about 10 minutes – wish I’d had some tennies instead of just flip flops), but it was well worth it. The water was fantastic and the scenery was beautiful. The rocks in the canyon are unusually rounded/smooth.”

Read the full article, here.

(Source: Greg Sullivan and Davina Baum, AFAR)

Toll Takers sign installed in Barn at the South Yuba River State Park

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A new sign to commemorate Bridge toll takers Perkins Hutchinson (1856-64) and Gideon Graves (1876-99) was installed in the Barn at the South Yuba River State Park on June 25, 2015.

Descendants of Perkins Hutchinson, David Wood’s toll taker, including his granddaughter, Sue Hutchinson Walker, attended the ceremony and funded the sign. Later the sign will be relocated near the Bridge when the renovation work is complete. An article about the toll takers is on the SYRPA website at the Cultural History page under “About the Park.”

Shown below are Don Denton, Mary Ann Hutchinson and Sue Hutchinson Walker, as well as the extended Hutchinson Family.

(Source & photos: South Yuba River State Park Association)

Concerts, parades for Fourth of July in Nevada County

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Nevada County Fairgrounds
Music in the Mountains presents Happy Birthday USA!
Friday, July 3
, 8 p.m.
Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor

Celebrating Broadway, Disney, and the Good Ol’ US of A. The Best Fourth of July Party is with the MIM Chorus and Orchestra, a picnic at the fairgrounds, and all your favorite patriotic tunes.

A perfect family event, with special events and activities planned for young people.

Music in the Mountains

Grass Valley
A colorful parade through historic downtown Grass Valley and the Sierra foothills’ largest aerial fireworks display top the 2015 Fourth of July celebration in Nevada County.

The parade will be Saturday, July 4th at 11 a.m. The festive parade winds through downtown Grass Valley.  Parade-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs and arrive early to find a good vantage point.

The Nevada County Concert Band performs a curbside pre-parade concert an hour prior to the parade, and continues to provide intermittent music throughout the parade.

Touchdown Productions will be broadcasting “Live” the parade locally and internationally on NCTV Channel 11 and NCTV So. County Channel 16 as well as

Following the parade is a traditional family celebration under the pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Live music and entertainment, food and refreshments are offered. The fireworks spectacular blasts off at 9:30 p.m.

Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m. and entertainment begins at 4 p.m. Admission rates:  $10 adv/$15 gate
No alcohol, glass, pets, barbecues or personal fireworks may be brought onto the fairgrounds.

Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Plans are underway for another exciting 4th of July parade — the quintessential display of small-town Americana. This festive and fun-filled event is always a favorite and a true Truckee tradition.

Truckee’s July 4th parade begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of 89S and Donner Pass Road, and progresses 1-1/4 miles down Donner Pass Road into historic Truckee, ending at the corner of Bridge and Church Street around noon.

This year’s parade theme of “Live-Work-Play Truckee!” celebrates everyone in our community that enjoys life in the mountains every day or when visiting.

The Parade is produced by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee with logistical support by Big Blue Adventure, LLC.


(Photo: Joe Anderson)

USA Cycling National Championships

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More than 700 cyclist will put their wheels on the line in Truckee on Sunday, June 28th for the USA Cycling Junior/Amateur National Criterium Championships. Riders from all 50 states will be represented in the fields and racers 9 years of age up to 50 will be competing. They anticipate 3000+ people coming through downtown Truckee throughout the day.

Truckee’s neighboring town of Nevada City to the west, also in Nevada County, was once again host of an Amgen Tour of California in 2015. Watch a video of the 2010 Amgen race, here:

(Source: Truckee Chamber of Commerce)