Carson City Fair returns with agricultural pride |

Carson City Fair returns with agricultural pride

Nevada Appeal staff report
The Carson City Board of Supervisors along with Ace's mascot 'Archie' take a few laps being pulled behind an antique tractor Wednesday during the opening of the Carson City Fair.
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Rides cost $1 each for the evening. Tickets and $30 wrist bands for all-day ride fare can be purchased at the ticket booth, but head to the beer booth first to pick up a $5 discount before buying the wrist bands.

The beer booth inside the carnival area will be serving four beers on tap and some canned throughout the event.

A smaller beer booth will be set up outside the Carson City Fairgrounds arena in the evenings on July 27-28 for the Bulls, Broncs & Barrels rodeo.

The carnival area also has about 14 vendors, including half a dozen food vendors serving up barbecue, Mexican food, pizza and more.

A disc jockey from McClain’s Mobile Music & DJ will be spinning tunes on the carnival stage from 5-9 p.m., July 27-30.

The carnival hours are 5-10 p.m. Wednesday, 1-10 p.m. July 27-29, and 1-9 p.m. July 30.


Parking is available in the Topsy Lane Walmart parking lot with free shuttle bus service to and from Fuji Park provided by Jump Around Carson bus service.


TBD — Elks Club Breakfast

8 a.m.-9 p.m. — Exhibit Hall open

8 a.m. — Youth livestock showmanship starts

1-10 p.m. — Carnival and vendors


TBD — Elk’s Club Breakfast

8 a.m.-10 p.m. — Exhibit Hall open

8 a.m. — Youth livestock quality classes start

8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Setup for antique tractor show

1-10 p.m. — Carnival and vendors

7-11 p.m. — Live entertainment


TBD — Elk’s Club Breakfast

8 a.m.-10 p.m. — Exhibit Hall open

9 a.m. — Youth livestock auction

8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Engine and tractor displays

8 a.m.-7 p.m. —Antique cars and trucks

8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Robert Foster’s Antique Scales

8 a.m.-7 p.m. — Swap meet

8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Silent auction

11 a.m. — Tractor parade

12 p.m. — Tractor pulls

1-10 p.m. — Carnival and vendors

3 p.m. — Tractor silent auction winners announced

5 p.m. — Tractor show closes

7-11 p.m. — Live entertainment


TBD — Elk’s Club Breakfast

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Exhibit Hall open

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Engine and tractor displays

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Antique cars and trucks

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Robert Foster’s Antique Scales

8 a.m.-4 p.m. — Swap meet

10 a.m. — Tractor parade

11 a.m. — Tractor pulls

1-9 p.m. — Carnival and vendors

2 p.m. — Tractor drawing

4 p.m. — Tractor show closes

4 p.m. — Youth livestock and static exhibits released

A party has started in town for the week, as Mayor Bob Crowell, supervisors, and Reno Aces mascot Archie made an initial entrance to the Carson City Nevada Fair — on an antique 1947 manure spreader.

Despite the wind Wednesday afternoon, locals gathered in the arena at Fuji Park to wave to city representatives, and enjoy live music, vendors, food and beverages, events, and carnival rides. The Youth Theater Carson City Showstoppers sang the national anthem as a welcome to attendees.

Although the supervisors voted to cancel the fair in 2016, Crowell said he’s happy to see the fair return after its one-year hiatus in order to promote 4-H and Future Farmers of America livestock shows and auctions.

They are overseen by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.

“In a world focused on technology, I think we overlook the necessity to know where are food and other goods are from,” he said. “The most important part is the kids and those involved in agricultural groups, as they need that support.”

The Northern Nevada Antique Power Club not only provided the manure spreader entrance but they’re also organizing a tractor show and exhibits throughout the week during the fair.

Suzanne Schneider, event organizer of the NNAPC, said the group is celebrating its 22nd annual tractor show this year at the fair.

“We decided to join the show again with the agricultural shows,” she said. “It’s wonderful to continue the fair after a year off and get kids back into learning about the fields, and how their fruits and veggies are grown.

“We found out they’re even more engaged when we talk about the farmers market to them.”

The youth livestock sign-ups also began and will launch Friday at 8 a.m., featuring categories in showmanship, market and breeding.

The livestock includes swine, sheep, goats, beef, dairy goats, dairy cattle, and cavy, rabbit and poultry.