The Nevada County Fairgrounds was recently recognized by the California Heritage Council (CHC) with an Award of Achievement and Recognition for historic preservation.
The Fairgrounds, established in 1938, was recognized for its natural beauty, expansive green lawns, hundreds of tall pine trees, and for the many community events that attract people from all over the country to historic Nevada County. Community events cited in the nomination letter include the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, Music in the Mountains, the Blue Grass Festival, and the Celtic Festival.
“The values represented by these events, presented in this extraordinary setting, are among the best heritage assets in Northern California,” said John Hodges, Board Chair of the California Heritage Council.
The Fairgrounds was nominated for the award by Dr. Susan Walima, a resident of Grass Valley and a Board member of the California Heritage Council. Walima has been active in the CHC for almost two decades.
“I nominated the Nevada County Fairgrounds because of its foothills beauty, the magnificent trees, the small town sense of historic community, and for all the incredible events that take place at the Fairgrounds,” said Walima. “I’ve successfully nominated three prior award sites and buildings, and I wanted this year to honor the Nevada County Fairgrounds.”
Sandy Woods, Fairgrounds CEO, and Ed Scofield, Nevada County Supervisor and Fairgrounds Foundation President, will accept the award on behalf of the Fairgrounds at the Council’s Annual Award Ceremony on June 30 at the Saint Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.
The California Heritage Council, the oldest historic preservation organization in California, is dedicated to preserving and honoring those places and buildings that have given quality and distinction to the cultural life of California.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, off Highway 49. For directions, event details or general information, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217