County Fair Returns Today After Three-Year Hiatus

By Duncan A. Kennedy, Member, Plumas-Sierra County Fair Board of Directors

(QUINCY) – After a three-year hiatus since 2019 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Dixie Fire, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair will return to the County Fairgrounds from Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31st. As always, this year’s fair will be packed with attractions for people of every age, interest and walk of life to visit or compete in. Due to the shorter fair week, the schedule is more packed than usual, so you can experience more in a shorter time than in previous fairs.

Today, July 28th, will see the fair’s gates open to the general public at noon for the first time in three years. Fairgoers arriving at this time will have a chance to visit the Imagination Center in the Mineral Building, catch a high-energy dance performance from the Powerhouse group, and as a special treat for our seniors, there will be a senior luncheon featuring a serenade from a steel drum band. The Carnival will open at 1 PM, featuring some rides that usually aren’t at our fair due to scheduling conflicts – don’t miss it! After riding some fair rides and looking at the exhibits in the Art Barn, 4-H exhibits, floriculture building and Tulsa Scott Pavilion, fairgoers can catch a live performance at 6:30 PM in the Old Town stage by local duo Walker and Willis while having dinner from the food court.

Friday, July 29th, will follow a similar schedule, but it is highly recommended that any prospective visitors or those fascinated by the ranch lifestyle show some love for the 4-H and FFA youth from across the Lost Sierra. The beef cattle show begins at 8 AM in the SPI Pavilion, dog showmanship is at 9 AM behind the Junior Ag Barn, and the meat and dairy goat shows are at 1 PM in the SPI Pavilion. Additionally, before going up to catch local musicians Rickety Bridge over dinner at the Old Town Stage at 7:30 PM, have a laugh at the hog calling contest in the SPI Pavilion at 5 PM, where you can see a stunning demonstration of swine “obedience” training. And for the gastronomically inclined among us, participate in the Universal Mini-Donut Eating Championship at the front gate at 7:45 PM.

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Jake Jacobson Live in Concert – July 30th!

By Duncan A. Kennedy, County Fair Board Director

QUINCY – As part of the Plumas-Sierra County Fair’s grand reopening this July after two years of hiatus, the County Fair Board of Directors has announced their first major grandstand show in several years. On Saturday, July 30th, up-and-coming country musician and Portola native Jake Jacobson will perform a live concert in the Fair Grandstand starting at 7 PM.

Although the Fair Board had previously considered several different options including Lonestar and Wynonna Judd, Fair Manager John Steffanic settled the debate for once and for all by booking Jacobson as the Fair’s first grandstand entertainment act in several years. In previous recent fairs, acts such as the band Trailer Choir and a drone race had taken place in the grandstand, to disappointing reception. The board hopes that enthusiasm will be much higher in the wake of recent events such as the Dixie Fire and COVID-19 pandemic, and aim to market this event to those affected by both as a way to boost community morale.

Jacobson’s website describes him as having “…a boot stomping sound combining that of cowboy crooners, honky tonk, traditional country sounds, and a hint of southern rock” that “draws influence from artists like Josh Turner, George Strait, Justin Moore, and Cody Johnson”. Jacobson is currently touring as an opening act for Country Now’s 2022 Country Artist to Watch, Randall King. For Jake, one must imagine that returning to his Plumas County roots to play a show for a hometown crowd must be an indescribable thrill. Jacobson currently has two singles out, “Speed of Neon Light” and ”One of Those” from his new debut EP, “Lovin’ and Leavin’”.

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