Nevada County’s exhibit at this year’s State Fair has been awarded a gold medal in the “Professionally Built” division, according to the County’s Friday memo. The awards were announced at a judging ceremony at CalExpo on Friday, July 12, the first day of the Fair.
This year, Nevada County’s exhibit consists of a replica of the Bridgeport Bridge measuring 16 feet long, 11 feet high and 7 feet wide. Visitors can walk through the bridge where posters and other materials are on display along the inside walls. A separate structure, provided by the Miners Foundry, houses brochures and a monitor running a loop of promotional photos and videos.
The exhibit is the result of collaboration by members of the Economic Resource Council’s Tourism Advisory Committee. The exhibit builder, Dianne Bennett of Volcano, California, built Nevada County’s exhibit last year, which won a silver medal. Under terms of their agreement, Dianne will keep the cash prize and the materials for the booth after the Fair ends July 28. However, discussions are underway to see if California State Parks might utilize the bridge for its exhibit at the Nevada County Fair, which runs August 7-11.