Nevada County Fair opens today |

Nevada County Fair opens today

Sun News Service

GRASS VALLEY ” Sunny, mild weather and no forest fires mean good business for the Nevada County Fair ” and fair CEO Ed Scofield said he expects all three this week.

“It’s easy for me to say, but the industry sees us as being one of the most successful (fairs) in the state,” Scofield said.

That is despite a slide in attendance that has leveled off in the last few years to the range of 105,000 visitors for the fair’s five-day run. It opens at 10 a.m. Wednesday and runs to 11 p.m. daily through Sunday at the fairgrounds at 11228 McCourtney Road, just west of Grass Valley.

This year, Scofield said he expected 102,000 to 105,000 visitors, down from as many as 120,000 people a decade ago.

Fair leaders project $200,000 in revenues after tabulating the annual event’s expenses, Scofield said. Revenue also includes percentages of carnival attractions and concessions, Scofield said.

The fair’s budget is $2 million, he said.

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The fiscal health of the fairgrounds ” operated by what is formally known as the 17th District Agricultural Association ” depends on fair attendance and fair activities in general more than any other event held at the fairgrounds throughout the year, Scofield said.

The county fair isn’t operating to make money, but at the end of each year it’s important to have funds left over to improve the grounds and infrastructure, Scofield said. Many of the facilities are more than 50 years old, he said.