Nevada County Fair has a good year |

Nevada County Fair has a good year

GRASS VALLEY – An estimated 120,000 people attended the five-day Nevada County Fair which ended Sunday, fair Chief Executive Officer Ed Scofield said Sunday.

Preliminary figures showed 3,000 fewer visitors than in 2000, said Scofield, who predicted the fair would gross the same as last year, just under $1 million.

“The heat affected the attendance more than anything,” Scofield said. “Nobody came out from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesday).”

Yet Scofield was happy: “It feels great.”

Among the visitors was Doug Clapp, who has attended the fair every year since moving to Nevada County in 1982.

“I never seem to really get bored with it,” said Clapp, adding the fair is a fun aattraction for his two boys.

First-time fair visitors Jeffrey and Sheri Loux and their 19-month-old son said Sunday they will be back next year.

Their son, Jeffrey Loux Jr., had fun on the rides, said Jeffrey Loux before the family headed home to Citrus Heights. One thing lacking were diaper-changing stations, he said.

Penny Sleeth also said she will come back next year. She loved the fair, she said, as she fed the four silkie chickens displayed by two children at the small-animal area.

Her daughter and son both won ribbons this year, Sleeth said, pointing to two prize-winning chickens, whom she stressed were not being sold for food and were going home Sunday.

For some, the fair is an opportunity to learn.

Ranchers meet and learn more about the cattle industry, said Helen Hoskins, who raises Simmental cattle with husband, Chuck, in Ione. Their 11-month-old bull Montana Sky won the open division.

“It shows other breeders what you have available,” said Hoskins, a Pacific Bell employee who hopes to retire soon.

The fair is also a chance for young people and nonprofit organizations to raise money.

Business was great for Cody Dorris, a 15-year-old member of Nevada Union High School’s FFA. His 1,300-pound steer sold at the Junior Livestock Auction for $6,000, he said.

But fewer people bought ice cream bars from Truckee’s Rotary Club booth than in 2000, according to early estimates.

Sunday morning was cool, said Rotary volunteers, adding that business picked up as the temperature rose.

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