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Nevada County Fair is this weekend

GRASS VALLEY – The Nevada County Fair opens today – livestock shows, scary rides, monster trucks, funnel cakes, music and all.

An estimated 120,000 people are expected to attend this year.

On Tuesday, dozens of workers, volunteers, vendors and exhibitors prowled the fairgrounds, getting ready for the five-day event.

Carla Swanson was among the volunteers who helped friends set up booths.

“There’s a lot of camaraderie here,” Swanson said during a break. A lifelong Grass Valley resident, Swanson, 38, said she volunteered because she wants to take part in the fair.

Employees of Butler Amusements Inc. of Fairfield, the company that owns and operates the fair’s 30 rides, worked throughout the day.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said ride operator Scott Cervarich, as he cleaned a teal-and-pink tarp for the Fifth Wheel ride. “I love the kids that come out.”

Near the Giant Wheel, Ken Kavanagh of Jackson opened boxes filled with Western hats and jewelry. He and his wife, Ruth, who runs their Ruthies Way Out West business, have been coming to the Nevada County Fair for several years, he said.

“This is my vacation,” said Kavanagh, a golf course maintenance worker.

Tuesday was weigh-in day for the steers, lambs and swine to be shown and auctioned off later this week.

Corey Wolter, a member Bear River High School’s FFA, was philosophical about the fate of his 15-month-old steer, which will be sold for food Sunday.

“It’s sad,” Wolter said, referring to the fate of 1,200-pound Gary.

But he’s going to feed a family, said Wolter, who hopes Sunday’s auction will bring in at least $600 – enough to recoup the money he spent to corn-feed Gary.

The fair should gross just under $1 million this year, said Ed Scofield, its chief executive officer.

The fair will be open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight through Sunday. Admission is $5 for those 13 and older. Children 6 to 12 get in for $2; kids 5 and under are free. Seniors 62 and older will get in for $2 on opening day. Children 12 or younger get in free Thursday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. People with disabilities, and one chaperone, will be admitted free Friday. Parking is $3 at Gate 4.

Sunday is “Truckee Donner Day” at the Nevada County Fair, and free admission tickets for the fair can be found throughout the Truckee community, including inside the Sierra Sun, or from sponsors Tahoe-Truckee Factory Stories, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, The Truckee Hotel or East West Partners.

For a fair schedule, more information or directions, call the fair administration office at 272-FAIR (3247) or go to

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