Blue ribbons awarded to Nevada County Fair supporters Tom Fitzsimmons and Alyssa Mayo – YubaNet


Before the judges get to work reviewing the first Nevada County Fair exhibits, two special blue ribbons have already been awarded.

KNCO Radio Program Director Tom Fitzsimmons and West Coast Equine Athletic Therapy Operator Alyssa Mayo have been named 2021 Blue Ribbon Award recipients by the Nevada County Fair Board of Directors.

The Western Fairs Association Blue Ribbon Award recognizes and honors individuals or groups who have provided outstanding support to the fair and / or the fair industry.

Fitzsimmons was chosen for its many years of live broadcasting from the Fair as well as presenting exhibitors and events from KNCO studios ahead of the Fair.

“The Fair is absolutely the best event, and this year it will be even more important,” said Fitzsimmons. “There is a wholesomeness at the fair, from the first day academics and students are honored until Military Day and ending with the junior cattle auction. “

Fitzsimmons broadcast live at the Fair from the KNCO booth for 26 years, as many years as he worked for Nevada County Broadcasting. In recent years, he has also covered live auctions of junior cattle and farm mechanics.

“The broadcast of these events attracted more people, many of whom became buyers,” said Fitzsimmons.

In the weeks leading up to the fair, Fitzsimmons read live up to 60 letters written by livestock exhibitors and agricultural mechanic students. The letters encourage potential buyers to participate and bid.

“The first year I read letters mainly to fill the time,” Fitzsimmons recalls, “but they were so well received that I incorporated the letters into our pre-Fair programming. Listeners immediately gave positive feedback and wanted to know more. The letters are cute and funny, and I share the wacky names kids give to their pets.

Fitzsimmons welcomes exhibitors on its Insight talk show ahead of the show and also broadcasts Community Involvement Day live, this year on August 2 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come to the main street center of the exhibition grounds and donate to participating local nonprofits or donate blood, and in return, receive the price of the entrance ticket at the fair free or special.

The other winner of this year’s Blue Ribbon Award is Alyssa Mayo, who operates West Coast Equine Sports Therapy owned by her father, John. The facility is located in the old Maple Leaf Stables in Penn Valley. Among other therapies, the company offers an AquaPacer, which is an underwater surface treadmill that provides low-impact exercise and conditioning for horses and dogs.

Mayo held an elaborate fundraiser for the fair last year after COVID forced the fairground to cancel all income-generating events.

“The Save Our Fairgrounds fundraiser took place in October 2020 and raised over $ 20,000,” said Mayo. “Individuals, artists and businesses from across the region have donated $ 10,000 worth of items and services. We had a virtual auction for people to participate online, and we had a big in-person auction with major items, from artwork to vacations to event tickets.

“We served a BBQ dinner prepared by the Silver Dollar Saloon and Restaurant in Marysville. Vintage Duels released a few of their race cars and Arnall Photography donated family photos at the event. Members of Local 4-H and the FFA helped with the auction. We hosted about 150 people and people from all over the United States participated virtually. ”

Mayo, 34, says as far back as she can remember that she took part in demonstrations at the equestrian arena during the fair.

“This year we will have several of our students to ride and show off their skills,” said Mayo, whose West Coast Equine Sports Therapy offers accommodation, training and lessons. “The objective of our demonstrations will be to know how to negotiate obstacles and create a bond of trust with your horse.”

Mayo is also involved in the fairground as a teamster in the Draft Horse Classic.

“This will be my seventh year competing at DHC,” said Alyssa. “I will be competing in Ladies Pleasure Driving and Gambler’s Choice, and one of my students will be driving in the PeeWee class.

Mayo added, “I grew up in this beautiful community and my childhood is filled with memories of the Nevada County Fair and the Draft Horse Classic. I want my future children to be able to say the same.

Tom Fitzsimmons and Alyssa Mayo will be honored at the opening ceremony for the 2021 Nevada County Fair on August 11. Each will receive an official Western Fairs Association blue ribbon award with personalized engraving and a blue ribbon framed under glass.

This year’s Nevada County Fair will be held August 11-15. For more information visit

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