Sierra Commons E-Commerce Business Ignitor Class

Starting July 20 and running through July 25, this crash course teaches you the basics of selling online and proven marketing strategies that attract customers. With help for the Rebound Consultant Team, Sierra SBDC advisors, and your classmates, you can be up and running by the end of August.

The one-week five-part class series will be held online for interactive participation. Classes will be hosted by Sierra Commons and led by a team of local professionals — web designers and developers, photographers, marketing and publicists, and bookkeepers — who will walk businesses through the process of getting online.

Opening an online store requires a lot more than understanding the steps and strategies for launching a shop. It also takes hours of focus, dedication, and resources. The entire process can be daunting for someone who has never done it before—especially during a crisis. Luckily, we live in a community where people come together and support each other.

We know you can do it and we are here to help. Click here to sign up for this free class.

Brought to you by the Sierra SBDC

Private Parties, Tours and Sound Demos. How Will You Experience The New Center?

Private Parties, Tours and Sound Demos. How Will You Experience The New Center?

The Center for the Arts has put together a menu of Summer Exclusives for you to enjoy the newly renovated spaces before they are again able to host shows. Enjoy a champagne tasting in the theater, a private dinner on the new main stage, sign up for a personalized sound demonstration, or reserve the gallery for your private party. The new Center has “Room to Celebrate.” You can gather groups of 10 to 50 while maintaining social distance.

One of the highlights of The Center’s recent multi-million dollar renovation is the new Meyer Sound System. Get a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art theater and prepare to be wowed by the sounds of the LEOPARD linear array speakers. Groups up to 10 people will enjoy a personalized tour, a sound demonstration in the theater, and a stop at the new bar. Upgrade your tour to a champagne listening party where your party will be served a thoughtful selection of champagne and sparkling wines presented by our resident sommelier.

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind evening when you treat someone special to a private dinner, or impress up to ten friends with a unique dinner party under the lights of the new Main Stage theater. If you prefer gallery walls to curtain calls you can combine The Granucci Gallery, The Kerby Lobby and Rick’s Bar & Cafe to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or host a brunch for up to 50 guests.

Visit for more information, or to book a private party or tour of the newly renovated Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley, California.



Due to continued COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings, the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Draft Horse Classic. The Board made the decision to cancel the event after further reviewing the Governors executive orders and guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings.

According to the California Roadmap to Recovery, festivals, big outdoor events, and other large
events are in Stage 4 of the reopening plan and will not be permitted until the roadmap is complete and all shelter in place restrictions are lifted. The Draft Horse Classic, which typically welcomes more than 15,000 to the Fairgrounds for the event, is considered a mass gathering event under the current guidelines.

“Unfortunately, similar to the decision we had to make for the Fair, we really didn’t have a choice in light of the restrictions on mass gatherings at this time,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “Still, it doesn’t make the decision any easier, as each event canceled has an impact on its participants, the community and the

Fairgrounds, and it is disheartening to have to cancel another of our premier events. However, we have to follow the guidelines set by the Governor and State public health directives to postpone mass gatherings until we can safely host them again.”

This is the third time that the Draft Horse Classic has been canceled since its introduction in 1987. It was cancelled in 1988 due to the 49er Fire and in 1989 due to weather. “The amazing Gentle Giant monument that stands at the entry to the Fairgrounds speaks to the special significance the Classic has to the Fairgrounds. Each year, we recognize and honor the incredible history of heavy working horses and their role in local agriculture and forestry,” said Patrick Eidman, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “We will miss our draft horse exhibitors and providing our community the opportunity to interact with those big beautiful horses, but we look forward to safely welcoming back the Classic in 2021.”

For information about the Draft Horse Classic and the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit

California Takeout Tuesday

California Takeout Tuesday

As Californians stay home to flatten the curve on the spread of the coronavirus, small businesses, especially restaurants, have taken a substantial hit.

As a sign of support for local restaurants, Visit California asks that you share in promoting #CATakeoutTuesday.

The campaign is social media-focused and aimed at encouraging Californians to order takeout from their favorite restaurants every Tuesday.

Visit California is driving consumer awareness by sharing culinary content across its owned channels on Tuesdays, including social posts, blogs, engagement questions and content from partner chefs and restaurants.

How to share #CATakeoutTuesday:

  • Share the #CATakeoutTuesday graphic across your social channels and include the hashtag in your posts
  • The graphic can be used alone, or in conjunction with an image in posts
    Takeout Tuesday
  • Include #CATakeoutTuesday and @VisitCalifornia in all of your social posts for optimum exposure and engagement

For chefs and restaurants:

  • Share behind-the-scenes moments, updated menus, daily or weekly specials and other engaging content
  • Encourage takeout customers to share orders using #CATakeoutTuesday
  • Ask loyal “regulars” or local influencers to share images and stories of their favorite menu items available for takeout
  • Join the conversation on Visit California’s social channels and engage with Visit California followers about your restaurant

For destinations and communities:

  • Point to any local resources or restaurants that remain open or are providing special services during this time
  • Reach out to local chefs and restaurants to and ask them to get involved in the activation
  • Join the conversation on Visit California’s social channels and engage with followers about restaurant options in your destination
  • Share interesting culinary stories happening in your destination on days other than Tuesday to build excitement and awareness for #CATakeoutTuesday
  • Reconnect with local influencers and encourage them to share the message

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to California Small Businesses

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Small nonfarm businesses in the following counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought that occurred in the following primary counties in California, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West.“SBA eligibility covers both the economic impacts on businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers that have suffered agricultural production losses caused by the disasters and businesses directly impacted by the disasters,” Garfield said.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disasters not occurred.

“Eligibility for these loans is based on the financial impact of the disasters only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 3.75 percent for businesses and 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations, a maximum term of 30 years, and are available to small businesses and most private nonprofits without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship,” Garfield said.

By law, SBA makes economic injury available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared the declarations CA 16502 on June 10, 2020, and CA 16507 on June 16, 2020.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, in drought disasters nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance.

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Sierra College Fall Classes for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Sierra College is here for you!

The majority of classes at Sierra will be offered online this fall. Take advantage of the flexibility of online classes and the academic supports available at Sierra to learn new skills for your job or business, or even start that dream project like starting a Virtual Business.

Here are some great entrepreneur and business classes to get you started this fall (Course Descriptions:

  • Introduction to the Virtual Entrepreneur (BUS 0255) – NEW!!
  • Entrepreneurship – Small Business Management (BUS 0242)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (BUS 0243)
  • Retailing (BUS 0283)
  • Marketing in the Digital Age (BUS 0282)
  • Customer Service Skills (BUS 0261)
  • Personal Finance (BUS 0815. Non-credit)
  • New World of Work – 21st Century Skills (BUS 0859. Non-credit)

Not interested in being an entrepreneur? No problem. Sierra College offers the full breadth of general education classes for degrees and transfer, as well as a wide variety of career technical classes from health care and public safety to graphic design and sustainable agriculture, and practically everything in between. Find the program or classes that interest you at

Fall classes begin August 24.
Registration opens June 30 for new students.

Get started today by completing the online application at

Have questions? Call Admissions at 530.274.5302. You can also visit our Ready4Reg page for answers and tutorials, or drop-in to one of our virtual Fall Registration Support events at

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet?

Have you taken the 2020 Census yet?

  • It’s quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It’s safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

Click here to start

Gov. Newsom Mandates that Face Coverings Be Worn State-Wide

Gov. Gavin Newsom and state health officials have issued a statewide order that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

• Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
• Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
• Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
• Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
• Interacting in-person with any member of the public;
• Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time;
• Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others;
• Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities;
• In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person’s own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
• Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
• While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:
• Persons age two years or under. These very young children must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation.
• Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
• Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
• Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
• Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
• Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence.
• Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of
at least six feet from others.
• Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings or masks for both inmates and staff.

Note: Persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition who are employed in a job involving regular contact with others should wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.

Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Nevada City Outdoor Business Expansion

Attention Nevada City Businesses – Expand your business! Yes, the Nevada City Council is allowing businesses to expand into the street. This is great opportunity during the COVID-19 crisis.

You’ve probably noticed that a few of our restaurants are taking advantage of this opportunity but we’re not sure all businesses are aware that it’s available to any type of business.

We’ve attached the guidelines that must be followed to expand into the street.

Please participate in this benefit – it will boost your sales during the summer season.

Download Guidelines from The Nevada City Police Department

Please note: Yesterday Governor Newsom mandated that face masks be worn in public spaces.

The Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Postponed, Date TBD

The Nevada City Classic Bicycle Race Postponed, Date TBD

Pro/Am Criterium

Due to COVID-19, the Nevada City Classic ProAm date is TBD. Photo by Kris Wakefield.

NEVADA CITY, California, June 17, 2020—The Nevada City Cycling Classic, the second oldest continuously running bicycle race in the country, has no date set at this time due to COVID-19.

In spite of recent sequestrations and events, the Nevada City Classic team is starting the process of planning this year’s event to take place, pending the safe ability to host the race.

We recognize that events that lay ahead remain unknown. We are committed to complying with all mandates for health and safety.

The course is back to the original design by event founder Charlie Allert in 1961, this was done for the race in 2018 and continues to be a popular route.

Watch for information and updates here

This event, as all others that conflict with public policy and safety, is subject to modification or cancellation.

Nevada County Arts Council Launches Artist Relief Fund

Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in venues across the county due to the effects of COVID-19 and professional artists whose livelihoods are dependent on these events are facing insurmountable loses.

In response, Nevada County Arts Council has formed a coalition of local arts organizations to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists within Nevada County.

Now is the time to give back to our artists who contribute so much to the quality of our lives and the wellbeing of our community. Finds will be distributed as micro relief grants to eligible artists once our fund has reached a critical level.

Your tax-deductible donation goes directly toward the support of professional artists in all disciplines whose livelihoods have been affected by the public health crisis.

Donate Here!

2nd Round of NC Relief Fund Grant Applications is Open

Nevada County Relief Fund Seeks Round 2 Grant Applications from “Safety-net” Nonprofits and Small Businesses

Apply online at

Nevada City, CA –The Nevada County Relief Fund seeks grant applications from “safety-net” nonprofits in western Nevada County providing a life-line to our neighbors most in need, and small businesses throughout the County hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund’s second round of grant making is open and goes June 24th, with awards announcement expected by July 7th.

Concurrently, fundraising efforts for the Fund continue to build momentum. In Round One, the Relief Fund allocated $210,000 to eight safety-net nonprofits, and twenty-eight small businesses. “We hope the community will continue to donate to the fund so we can give a similar amount in Round Two. To date, over 200 donors have stepped up. We need everyone to help us reach our fundraising goal of $500,000 by the 4th of July,” said Sherry Bartolucci, co-chair of the Community Advisory Council.

Nonprofit “Safety-net” Grants Range from $5,000 – $20,000

The Relief Fund seeks applications from nonprofits focused on the rapid deployment of services for seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, youth who are at-risk, families or individuals struggling to find access to food, shelter, childcare, mental health services, and other critical needs. Together with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which serves eastern Nevada County, these efforts boost nonprofit capacity and strengthen the “safety-net” for the region’s most vulnerable citizens.

Small Business “Micro-Grants” up to $5,000 Available

The Relief Fund will also award micro-grants for small business owners and nonprofits countywide struggling to survive until they can reopen or resume normal operation. These grants will be managed by the Sierra Business Council, who will also provide awardees with one-on-one business counseling through its Small Business Development Center.

These flexible microgrants are intended to help small business owners get back to business. They can be used to help restock inventory, hire back employees, install new safety protocols and provide employee trainings needed to follow State health guidelines, and more.

Any “safety net” nonprofits who applied and/or were funded in Round One are welcome to reapply. All small businesses who applied in Round One will need to reapply as the application process has changed.

About the Nevada County Relief Fund

The Nevada County Relief Fund was created through a partnership between the County of Nevada, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation (SNMH Foundation, the Fund’s fiscal sponsor), Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), the Sierra Business Council (SBC), Center for Nonprofit Leadership (CNL), and the Economic Resource Council (ERC). In conjunction with TTCF’s Emergency Response Fund, the purpose of this effort is to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis by directing vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors, and support our small, rural businesses.

The Fund was established in April with a $100,000 “challenge grant” from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors. Since then, it has gained traction as a reliable way to give back to our unique small businesses and nonprofits that have been stretched to meet extreme community needs.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today that goes directly to assist Nevada County’s invaluable nonprofits and small businesses. For more information and to make a gift, please visit,

List of awardees from Round One:



Eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).

SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

Now Open – This Week’s Member List of Local Businesses

Art Works Gallery 
As you can well imagine, working artists are never at a loss for something to do.  The 30 artists in the Art Works Gallery Co-op have spent these last three months creating their art with a bit more freedom than time usually allows and we are excited to share our new work with you, our patrons.

Art Works Gallery reopens June 17 after being closed since mid-March. The 2,000 square foot gallery will reopen with limited hours as well as new sanitation and safety procedures in place to protect the health of our artists and customers. The gallery will reopen with limited days and hours of operation–Wednesday-Sunday 11-3. The weekend hours will increase to 11-5 beginning the first weekend in July.

Art Works is an award winning juried artists’ co-operative with a ten year history on Mill Street, a favorite destination of both locals and tourists. The gallery features work in wood, glass, clay, metal, fiber, photography and painting.

Art Works, 113 Mill Street, Grass Valley, open at 11am.

Fur Traders
We have many new styles to select from at The Fur Traders. Get out and about and free your feet in a pair of sandals from UGG, Taos, L’Artiste, Merrell, Born, Minnetonka, Mephisto, or one of the many other high-end comfort brands we offer in our store. Not to mention our many other beautiful shoes, sheepskin slippers, boots and apparel.

Keep an Eye Out For Our Warehouse Sales in Penn Valley – 50-60% off all shoes and apparel in our huge warehouse.  Stop On By and Shop Local.

The Fur Traders, 303 Broad St, Nevada City, 7-days a week, 10am-6pm.



Kiya’s Naturals
Kiya’s Naturals opened in 2009 in the Historic Gold Country Foothills of California. As a Mother of 3 young children at our local Waldorf school I saw the need for natural toys and quality heirloom items for families. I believe that when children hold a wooden toy the warmth and connection provide an experience and texture and that natural materials really do matter for our children and the future of the planet. I stock brands that use sustainable practices to make wooden, silk, and natural toys for future generations. Every family needs to take responsibility for our material consumption if we are to survive. Babies and young children don’t need plastic toys and throw away items to grow and thrive.

Kiya’s Naturals, 241 Commercial St, Nevada City, Wed-Sun 11am-3pm,

Lobos Del Mar
The Lobos Del Mar team has spent decades surfing, kayaking, trekking, and living in Mexico and Central America.  Over the years, we have fallen in love with the land, the sea, the people, their culture, and the beautifully hand crafted goods found there.

Each region is unique in their tribal designs, most dating back centuries. We have taken these classic designs and made subtle changes, producing fine products made from Eco friendly materials, such as organically grown cottons and recycled materials, whenever possible. We work directly with the families that are descendants of the original designers, and are honored and proud to present their quality crafted handiwork to you.

We feel our line reflects the culture and tradition of the land and the people.  When worn, one cannot help but reflect back in time to this tribal heritage. Let your mind and body go….. relax, unwind, and let in the warmth and attitude from the lands of tranquilo….you will feel it!

Lobos del Mar, 318 Broad Street, Nevada City, Open 7 Days a Week, 10:30am-6pm,

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management: Rick Kalb
At Northwestern Mutual, we’ve been helping clients take control of their financial future for more than 160 years. Through the Civil War, the Great Depression, two world wars and a number of recessions, we’ve stood alongside our clients, helping them manage financial risk and achieve financial security.

307 Spring St Ste A, Nevada City.

Business Reopening Information

Are you open for business?  Let us know and we’ll share the good news!  

Follow-up Stage 3 Business Guidance Workshop – June 16

To continue to provide support and answer questions for Stage 3 businesses that are reopening, Nevada County is hosting a follow-up Stage 3 Business Guidance Workshop for business owners and managers on June 16th from 4:00pm to 5:30 pm. Virtual breakout sessions will focus on:

1. Gyms and Fitness Centers
2. Campgrounds, RV Parks and Outdoor Recreation
3. Restaurants, Bars and Wineries and Movie Theaters
4. Child Care, Family Entertainment Centers and Day Camps
5. Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals
6. Personal Care Services: Estheticians, skin care, and cosmetology services; electrology; nail salons; Body Art Professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops; and massage therapy (in non-healthcare settings)

Owners and managers of businesses who are included in these new guidance documents may register for Tuesday’s Stage 3 Guidance Workshop at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The meeting starts promptly at 4:00 pm. When you join the meeting, please place the number of the breakout room you would like to be assigned to next to your name. Please join the Zoom meeting 10-15 minutes early so staff can assign you into the breakout group for your business industry.

Information and meeting video from the Monday, June 8th workshop is available at Local business owners and managers with reopening questions may also email

Starting, Friday, June 12th, these Stage 3 businesses may reopen in Nevada County with modifications in place:

– Child Care (updated guidance)
– Day Camps (guidance)
– Casinos operated by sovereign tribal nations (guidance)
– Music, Film and Television Production (back office staff should comply with office workplace guidance)
– Professional Sports without audiences (back office staff should comply with office workplace guidance, and retail staff should adhere to retail guidance)
Variance Counties:
– Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (guidance)
– Hotels, Lodging and Short-Term Rentals (guidance)
– Cardrooms, Satellite Wagering Facilities and Racetracks (guidance)
– Movie Theaters and Family Entertainment Centers (guidance)
– Restaurants (updated), Bars and Wineries (guidance)
– Fitness Facilities (guidance)
– Museums, Galleries, Zoos and Aquariums (guidance)

Industries not included in State guidance: Nail salons, massage, med spas, youth sports, after school activities, gatherings of individuals from different households, entertainment venues. Nevada County continues to be in alignment with the State while reopening and is focused on reopening Nevada County as quickly and safely as possible under the statewide order.


The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors voted Tuesday evening to cancel the 2020 Nevada County Fair due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Board also voted to authorize an online junior livestock and ag mechanics auction.

The vote comes after delaying the decision two weeks ago following Governor Newsom’s same-day announcement that California was moving rapidly into the next reopening stage. Since that meeting, the Fairgrounds Board and staff discussed the feasibility of different options with various Fair partners, communicated with State and public health officials, and further reviewed the Governor’s executive orders and updated guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and mass gatherings.

Nevertheless, according to the California Roadmap to Recovery, fairs and festivals remain in Stage 4 of the reopening plan and will not be permitted until the roadmap is complete and all shelter in place restrictions are lifted. At the Governor’s May 29 daily update, he stated that “We’re not ready for Stage 4 – concerts, big outdoor stadium events, festivals, and large conventions. We’re simply not there. There is no sectoral guidance that’s been given, no authority for local health officials to move into that phase.”

“While it was an extremely difficult decision for the Board, and one that we were hoping could go in a different direction, it is the only decision we could make in light of the restrictions on mass gatherings,” said Jeanette Royal, Board President of California’s 17th District Agricultural Association. “The Board and staff realize that this action has a huge impact on so many – our community, local businesses, sponsors, youth in agriculture, vendors, entertainers, local nonprofit organizations, and the Nevada County Fairgrounds itself – and we actively explored numerous possibilities before making this devastating decision. However, the Fairgrounds are state-owned property and the Board of Directors is responsible for the health and safety of our community, guests, and staff. We are following the guidelines set by the Governor and State public health directives to postpone mass gatherings until we can safely host them again.”

Since the 17th District Agricultural Association was formed in 1884, the Nevada County Fair has been one of the county’s most popular and longest standing events. This will be the first time since World War II that the annual Fair will not take place.

“We are deeply saddened to not be celebrating together at Nevada County’s favorite event,” said Fairgrounds CEO Patrick Eidman. “But until we are able to safely gather again at the Fairgrounds, our team will be exploring opportunities to hold virtual exhibit contests and other activities in the spirit of the Fair. Additionally, we are steadfastly committed to working with the Nevada County Livestock Producers to support our livestock and ag mechanics exhibitors with an online auction.”

Last year, the Nevada County Fair welcomed more than 95,000 guests to the grounds, generated millions of dollars for the local economy, provided more than $700,000 to youth in agriculture, broke record sales on Treat Street that infused almost $1,000,000 into local nonprofit organizations, showcased local entertainers and vendors, and provided nearly 250 jobs.

For information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit

3rd Annual Village Market Day Scheduled for Sunday, September 13

The 3rd annual Village Market Day, returns to historical downtown Nevada City. This city-wide celebration shines a spotlight on the town’s vibrant and creative shopping district along with its burgeoning food, craft beer and wine scene, plus local entertainment and artists. For one day only, visitors can take advantage of shopping specials.

In addition to Nevada City’s brick and mortar shops featuring everything from antique and vintage items, to handmade and local homewares, clothing and jewelry, along with imported world goods, musical instruments, garden and outdoor treasures, rare books and more, Village Market Day will also include over a dozen vendors lined along the streets selling unique and one-of-a-kind items. Foodies will also find delicious offerings such as Farm to Table, pub faire, Thai, Italian, plus artisan chocolates and ice cream. Art lovers can also spend the afternoon exploring local galleries or history buffs can visit restored Victorians homes in our neighborhoods.

The California Arts Council selected 14 districts to serve as California’s inaugural state-designated Cultural Districts. Nevada County is home to two of them – Grass Valley-Nevada City and Truckee. These districts highlight some of the thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within local communities across California.

The event is Sunday, September 13 from 11am – 5pm.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Contact Rudy at (530) 265-3539 or