Category Archives: Recreation

Get out and enjoy Nevada County over Labor Day weekend

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Start your Saturday by stocking up for the weekend at either the Nevada County Certified Growers Market in at the North Star House in Grass Valley from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Nevada City Farmers Market on Coyote Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, or the Foothills Farmers Market at the Truckee River Regional Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take a late summer dip at beautiful Scotts Flat Lake off Highway 20 a couple miles outside of Nevada City or in the South Yuba River, accessible at several locations throughout Nevada County.

There are hiking paths galore throughout Nevada County. Check out the Truckee Legacy Trail, the Loney Meadow Interpretive Trail or the wheelchair accessible Independence Trail that follows the Yuba River canyon. Whether your hiking, biking or looking for equestrian trails, find your perfect trail using Nevada County’s interactive trail web map.

Draft Horse Classic tickets on sale now

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Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” are all part of the festivities at the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 18 – 21, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Tickets to this event are on-sale now. Once again, we’re offering discounted pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, as well as on morning performances and children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530-273-6217), faxing (530-273-1146), or visiting the Fair Office on McCourtney Road. Tickets can also be purchased on-line at www.NevadaCountyFair.com. There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets on-line. Choose from six performances!

Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy western music, Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and hundreds of community exhibits, a clogging jamboree, horse shoeing demonstrations, delicious food on Treat Street, and artwork at Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the famous Draft Horses up-close.

On Saturday of the Classic, it’s the Backyard BBQ and Chef’s Challenge Rib Cook-Off, happening from 1 – 3:30 pm. Whether you want to show off your cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats – we’ve got it all in one place. Tasting tickets and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase at the event.

On Sunday, September 21, enjoy the Fall-like weather underneath the tall pine trees for Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm and is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate. Information is available at www.NevadaCountyGrown.org.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The phone number is (530) 273-6217. Visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com for tickets to the Draft Horse Classic and for more information.

Destruction Derby tonight at the Nevada County Fair

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It’s back – the Destruction Derby at the Nevada County Fair! The popular Derby, held on Sunday of the Nevada County Fair, will be locally produced by five of Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs – The Rotary Club of Nevada City, Rotary Club of Nevada County South, 49er Breakfast Rotary of Nevada City, Penn Valley Rotary, and Rotary Club of Grass Valley.

This year’s Destruction Derby is sure to be a crowd favorite! Watch as drivers put their cars to the ultimate test and crash, smash, and ram other vehicles while trying to keep their own vehicle running! That’s demolition at its best.

“The Nevada County Fairgrounds is extremely pleased that the Rotarians, who are leaders in our community, are taking on the production of the Destruction Derby at the Fair,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “This event will be a truly locally produced event, and we are excited to be able to offer this entertainment to our community.”

The Destruction Derby is held on Sunday, August 10, at 7 pm at the Nevada County Fair. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. For tickets to Rotary’s Destruction Derby or any of the arena events, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

(Photo: Nevada County Fair)

Don’t miss the last day of the 2014 Nevada County Fair

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Today’s the last day of the 2014 Nevada County Fair! Lots of rides, exhibits, fun and food for everyone.

Watch a cool video of the fair below:

(Photo & video: Nevada County Fair)

Five days of fun at the Nevada County Fair!

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It’s Fair season, and the Nevada County Fair, happening August 6 – 10, has five days of “Simply Fun” planned for Fair-goers of all ages. Held under the shade of the tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of community exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

While visiting the Fair, zip line across The Green, check out the sky diver flying into the arena during the rodeo, try your hand at gold panning, walk in a water balloon, see baby chicks hatch in the embryology display, watch the Fair’s Family Feud competition, or listen to Mogollon’s music as they celebrate 20 years of performing at the Nevada County Fair. Or, how about visiting Circus Imagination, where children become instant stars by being selected from the audience, put in costume, and then performing in a spontaneous circus for the crowd.

Long-time crowd pleasing events will soar into the Fair’s arena Wednesday through Sunday evening. There’s the Flying U Extreme Rodeo happening on Wednesday and Thursday evening; while Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks. On Sunday, the ever-popular Destruction Derby returns to the arena. All arena events begin at 7 pm.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the outdoor stages. This year features a variety of music – pop rock, country rock, traditional country, Chicago-style blues, jazz, traditional and contemporary bluegrass, rockabilly dance, and rock and roll. Barbershop quartets, hula dancing and dancers, and Nevada County’s Concert Band will also be featured on the various stages.

For more fun, enter one of the special contests held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Cell Phone Photo Scavenger Hunt, an Instagram contest, Field Games, Kids Duct Tape Art Challenge, a Yo-Yo Contest, a Scrapbook Page Layout Contest, “Minute to Win It” fun, a Diaper Derby, a Just Dance Contest, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun. Details for contests are available on the Fair’s website.

A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, tempura zucchini, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more – all while supporting local, non-profit organizations.

For best deals, purchase your tickets before the Fair begins. Tickets are on sale now and advanced sale discounts are available through August 5 at 5 pm. To purchase tickets, visit NevadaCountyFair.com, stop by the Fair Office, or call the Fair Office.

Join us at this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10, and find out why we’ve been voted as the “Best Community Event” for 12 years in a row. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For a list of daily activities, event details, tickets, or general information, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

(Photos: Nevada County Fair)

SFWeekly promotes Nevada County this week

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This week the SFWeekly promoted western Nevada County in an online article:

“Nestled in the green pine-covered hills of the Northern Sierra Nevada is the Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Beautiful Victorian houses line the streets, keeping the old-time charm alive, and a vibrant downtown is home to world-class art, theater and music. The nearby South Yuba River State Park is known for its emerald swimming holes during the summer and radiant leaf colors during autumn. These days the gold panning is more for tourists than prospectors, but the gold miner spirit is still in the air.

South Yuba River State Park and Swimming Holes:
The park runs along and below 20 miles of the South Yuba River, offering hiking, mountain biking, gold panning and swimming. The Highway 49 bridge swimming hole is seven-miles northwest of Nevada City where Highway 49 crosses the South Yuba River. Parking is readily available and it is a short, steep hike to a stunning swimming hole beneath a footbridge. For the more intrepid, trails extend along the river with access to secluded swim spots. The Bridgeport swimming hole has calm waters and a sandy beach — good for families and cookouts — and is located 14 miles northwest of Nevada City. Be sure to write down directions before heading out, GPS may not be available. Most swimming holes on the South Yuba River are best from July to September, while winter and spring can bring dangerous rapids. Always know the current before jumping in!

Downtown Nevada City
The welcoming, walkable downtown of Nevada City is laid back, yet full of life. Start your day at the cozy South Pine Cafe (110 S Pine St.) with a lobster benedict or a spicy Jamaican tofu scramble. Then stroll the streets and stop into the shop Kitkitdizzi (423 Broad St.) for handcrafted goods unique to the region, vintage wears and local art “all with California gold rush swagger,” as stated by owners Carrie Hawthorne and Kira Westly. Surrounded by Gold Rush history, modern gold jewelry is made from locally found nuggets and is found at Utopian Stone Custom Jewelers (301 Broad St.). For a coffee shop with Victorian charm try The Curly Wolf (217 Broad St.), an espresso house and music venue with German pastries and light fare. A perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months can be found at Treats (110 York St.) , an artisan ice cream shop with flavors like pear ginger sorbet or vegan chai coconut. Nightlife is aplenty with music halls, alehouses or dive bars like the Mine Shaft Saloon (222 Broad St.).”

To read the rest of the article, click here.

(Photo and credit: Beth LeBerge, SFWeekly)

2014 Nevada County Daily Fair Schedule

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There’s something for every at the Nevada County Fair, what’s your favorite activity? Here’s the link to the daily fair schedule. You can also purchase your tickets online here, too.

Nevada County Fair tickets on sale now

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Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save money! This year’s Fair theme is “Simply Fun” and runs August 6-10, 2014.

Buy your admission tickets before 5 p.m. August 5 and get an admission ticket for $6. Or, purchase a “Be a Kid Again” adult admission ticket for Thursday of the Fair for only $4. You can also take advantage of other pre-sale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30; an event parking pass for $25; a carnival ride bracelet, good for unlimited rides for any one day, for $23; or a carnival ride booklet of 30 coupons for $20.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early: online, telephone or in person. Purchase them online before 5 p.m. on August 5 at NevadaCountyFair.com. Tickets are also available by phone by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by 5 p.m. on August 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Fair Office located at Gate 1, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will also be open on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

After August 5, admission for the Fair is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children 6-12, and free to children under the age of 5.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s Destruction Derby, hosted by Nevada County’s Rotary Clubs! Tickets are now on sale for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday night; Monster Trucks and Stock and Modified Tuff Trucks on Friday night; Monster Trucks, Stock Tuff Trucks and Extreme UTV Side-by-Side races on Saturday night; and Rotary’s Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

(Photo: Nevada County Fair)

Donner Lake Triathlon this weekend

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Even if you’re not a participant you can still come out to beautiful Donner Lake to cheer on athletes of all ages this weekend at the 2014 Donner Lake Triathlon.

2014 brings the 33rd Donner Lake Triathlon (DLT) to Truckee California. For years the Donner Lake Triathlon has been and remains the favorite triathlon of many. It’s no wonder as the event features an epic setting, a beautiful and challenging course, and is located very near Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

2014 also marks the 4th annual Donner Lake Kids Triathlon and the 2nd annual Donner Lake Half Triathlon.

We welcome you to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. Make sure to plan to stay prior to or after so that you can experience one of the World’s best sporting playgrounds.

Learn more about the Donner Lake Triathlon click here.

(Photos: Donner Lake Triathlon)

Come celebrate In Nevada County – California State Parks turns 150 years old this year!

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This year the California State Parks commemorates the 1864 establishment of the first state park in the world.

On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today. Click here to access the new History of California State Parks brochure.

Nevada County, CA has four California State Parks within its jurisdiction and we welcome your visit. Plan on spending a day or two to explore the rich history that each of these State Parks have to offer.

Empire Mine State Historic Park, located in Grass Valley, is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. In existence for more than 100 years, the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. (5.6 million ounces of gold is equivalent to a box seven feet long, seven feet high, and seven feet deep filled with gold.) The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles (the distance, as the crow flies, from Grass Valley to Magic Mountain) of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park consists of forested backcountry and eight miles of trails – including easy hikes (for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) – in the park.

On Saturday, August 23 from 11 AM to 4 PM, the Mine will host the 119th Miners Picnic. Since 1895, the Miners Picnic has been a picnic, a tradition – and tons of fun for all ages. It’s a rare chance to picnic on the stately grounds near fountains, vintage rose gardens and majestic trees. Bring your own lunch (as well as blankets and chairs) or purchase good food, ice cream and beverages from popular local vendors. Enjoy real gold panning, an old-fashioned cakewalk and the Search for the Gold Challenge, games and fun for all. Docents in period costumes bring history to life. They’ll be welcoming visitors at historic Empire Cottage. The Mine Yard will be buzzing with activity, including a dramatic mine rescue reenactment at high noon.

South Yuba River State Park is located in Penn Valley. This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail – the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. Families can also enjoy panning for gold, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, and docent-led history, nature and gold-panning tours throughout the year.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, located in Nevada City is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.

Donner Memorial State Park, is located in the Eastern region of Nevada County near the quaint town of Historic Truckee. Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800′s. Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life. Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking. In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season’s beauty.

For more historic park sites, visit GoNevadaCounty.com.

(Source: Nevada County Tourism, Lani Lott)