County fair exhibit guides are out

Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

Let the fun and games begin! Fair manager John Steffanic presented the 2014 Exhibit Guide for the Plumas-Sierra County Fair at the March 26 board meeting.

New this year is the return of Sweetheart of the Mountains, a celebration of 150 years of state parks and a “selfie” photo contest.

The 2014 fair’s theme, “Fun and Games,” creates a wealth of opportunities for fair activities, including tournaments and competitions of all sorts.

Following years of tradition, the fair will open this year at noon on the second Wednesday of the month, Aug. 13, and run through 10 p.m. Sunday evening, Aug. 17.

The carnival opens Thursday, Aug. 14, at noon.

Wednesday morning marks the start of numerous animal-related activities throughout the five-day fair with an 8 a.m. driving singles horse show.

A special luncheon for the county’s seniors kicks off opening day, a “pay what you can” day for all fairgoers.


Sweetheart of the Mountains

The Sweetheart of the Mountains Scholarship Competition takes center stage at 6 p.m. After a 15-year hiatus, this once-yearly event resumes in large part thanks to Sweetheart 1961 Nancy Gambell.

Steffanic and Gambell have worked to create an exciting program that will include special performances by the Quincy Star Follies. Applications and rules for the competition will soon be available at all high schools in Plumas and Sierra counties, Steffanic said.

Sweethearts must enter at least one exhibit to fulfill scholarship application requirements. Applicants must be girls who are 2014 graduates or juniors or seniors in the 2014-15 school year.

Each community has a Sweetheart advisor who will help contestants along their route toward competing on the big stage Wednesday, Aug. 13. Applications and rules will also be available online at


Exhibitors wanted

Hundreds of exhibit categories await entries from bakers, photographers, candle-makers and more. Traditional and nontraditional exhibit classes exist in all of the major areas.

From Art Barn entries in photography and a wide array of arts and crafts, to floriculture, agriculture-horticulture, scarecrows and home arts, there is a category to entice almost anyone with a yen for friendly competition and participation.

Livestock events have been the backbone of county fairs since their inception, and this year continues that age-old tradition.

From junior buckaroo herdsman categories to horse shows, 4-H/FFA classes of large and small animals as well as photography, baked goods and other home and ag arts, the fairgrounds is waiting for entries.

As always, the junior livestock auction offers animals for sale at the Sunday morning event. A buyers’ breakfast kicks off the sale of champions and runners-up and supports aspiring farmers and ranchers in their efforts to raise prime livestock specimens.


Mother of All Workdays II

The success of last year’s inaugural Mother of All Workdays has inspired manager Steffanic to hold another one this year, April 26.

Steffanic said the focus of this year’s events will be a thorough spring cleaning of all buildings as well as lots of painting. For more info or to volunteer, call 283-6272.

Fair Foundation

The Plumas-Sierra Fair Foundation is seeking dedicated members interested in helping to improve the fair and fairgrounds through volunteer efforts, participation and fundraising.

Individual memberships range from $40 up while family memberships begin at $75. By becoming a member of the foundation, you are helping the fairgrounds to continue its pursuit to be the Cleanest and Greenest, says Steffanic. Call 283-2672 for info.

The next fair board meeting is set for Wednesday, April 23, 5 p.m.

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