2018 Draft Horse Classic Results

Awards for the 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Mark Sparrow of Eldora, Iowa judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the three day event. Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for nearly $40,000 in premium awards.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Rees Family Belgians of Elk, WA. Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award. The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Nattie Book of Mudslinger Ranch, Durham, CA. The Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award went to Jeff Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Livermore, CA; and Jeron Schubert of Rees Family Belgians, Elk, WA, won the Youth of the Show award.

More than 800 entries were entered in the Harvest Fair, including wreaths, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods. In the scarecrow division, the People’s Choice award went to Pamela Roschke.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured more than 50 artists, was Lynn Maderich for “Early Morning at the Horse Show.” The People’s Choice award went to Shirley Isola for “Winner’s Strut.”

A complete list of 2018 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is available here.

The 2019 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 22. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019. 

The winner of the Draft Horse Classic’s Ultimate Hitch Award – Rees Family Belgians, based out of Elk, WA – performs in the arena at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic. The 2018 Draft Horse Classic results are now posted at NevadaCountyFair.com. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

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2018 Nevada County Fair Wrap Up

A record setting year for Fair auctions (with more than $670,000 raised for Nevada County youth), 7,500 exhibits, and many community partnerships made for a successful 2018 Nevada County Fair.  Below is a wrap-up of the 2018 Nevada County Fair.

  • Approximately 91,000 people attended this year’s Fair.
  • More than $935,000 was raised on Treat Street by 30 local nonprofit organizations and food vendors. Proceeds raised by these organizations at the Fair allows vital services to be provided to our community.
  • The Ag Mechanics Auction featured 48 custom items handmade by Bear River and Nevada Union FFA students, and raised approximately $50,000 for these students.
  • Two hundred and fourteen animals were sold at the Junior Livestock Auction, grossing $620,000 for the youth of Nevada County. 
  • More than 11,000 attended the Fair’s five arena events – the Flying U Extreme Rodeo, Truck and Tractor Pulls, Monster Trucks and Tuff Trucks, and KNCO’s Destruction Derby. 
  • Margaret Heywood, who is 100 years old, visited the Nevada County Fair for her 43rd year in a row. She drives up every year from Burbank, and spends at least three of the five days visiting the Fair. Her family tradition is for her three kids, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren to meet on Sunday morning of the Fair, attend the worship service, have a cinnamon roll and coffee, and sit and enjoy the entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage. Margaret says that while some things have changed throughout her 43 years of attending, the kindness of people and the beauty of the Fairgrounds has not.
  • This year’s Fair included more than 7,500 exhibits. From baked goods to fruits and vegetables to quilts, the Fair exhibit program gives the community the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity. Popular exhibit categories this year included Kite Designing, Homebrew, California State Parks Youth Photo Contest, Ugliest Cake, and the Cell Phone Photo Contest.
  • Eighty businesses sponsored and partnered with the Fair to fund services and projects like the shade structure, landscaping, charging stations, free shuttle rides, supplies for special contests, shavings for the sale ring, and the water bottle filling station.
  • One week prior to opening day, the Fair partnered with BloodSource, The Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions Club, Nevada County 211, NEO, Story Club, Community Beyond Violence, Cinderella Project, The Karing Closet, Nevada County Diaper Project, Nevada County Pets in Need, Gold Country YMCA, and The White Barn Project to offer Community Involvement Day. As a result, 107 blood donors were registered and 92 pints of blood were donated (enough to help 276 people), 850 books were collected, 346 prescription eye glasses and 12 hearing aids were donated, 75 prom dresses were collected, enough clothes were donated for 70 kids to have a first day of school outfit, and 900 diapers, 20 cases of pet food and hundreds of pounds of food were collected.
  • As part of Community Involvement Day, the Foothills Lions Club provided free glaucoma and vision screening services and free hearing tests to adult and children. As a result, 19 individuals received no-cost vision services and 10 tested with the audiologist.
  • More than 165 vendors and concessionaires participated in this year’s Fair.
  • The Fair teamed up with local libraries on their summer reading program and provided carnival ride tickets as prizes to children who read during the summer. During Fair time, more than 250 coupons were given to young readers in our community.

“The Nevada County Fair is about the hardworking kids in the barns, volunteers, community partnerships, traditions and generations of families enjoying the Fair,” said Patrick Eidman, Deputy Manager of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “It’s about showcasing talents and months of hard work, giving back and having fun. We’re proud of the 2018 Fair and we thank the community for its ongoing support and another successful year.”

The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.

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Saturday: Sierra BrewFest

Looking for something fun to do on Saturday? Check out the Sierra BrewFest, happening from 3 – 6:30 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Sample more than 100 handcrafted beers at this unique, unlimited microbrew tasting experience. Enjoy delicious food from local food trucks and restaurants and musical entertainment. Sierra BrewFest is a benefit for Music in the Mountains. Tickets can be purchased at BriarPatch, SPD, or at the gate. Visit SierraBrewFest.com for details.

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Fair Tickets on Sale Now: Buy Early and Save

Tickets for the Nevada County Fair are on sale now. Purchase your admission, carnival tickets, and arena event tickets before the Fair begins and save time and money! The Fair Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services will be open specifically for ticket sales on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 from 10 am to 5 pm on both days. You can also save time by purchasing your Fair tickets online at NevadaCountyFair.com.

Buy your admission tickets before August 7 at 5 pm and get an admission ticket for $7. You can also take advantage of other presale offers, including a five-day Fair pass with unlimited entry for $30, an event parking pass for $25, or a carnival ride bracelet (good for unlimited rides on any one day) for $25.

Now is the time to also purchase your arena event tickets – including tickets to this year’s all new Truck and Tractor Pulls! Tickets are on sale now for the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Truck and Tractor Pulls on Thursday night, Monster Trucks and Tough Trucks on Friday and Saturday night, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday night.

There are several ways to get your Fair tickets early. Purchase them online at NevadaCountyFair.com, stop by the Fair Office on McCourtney Road, or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 by August 7 at 5 pm. The Fair Office at Gate 1 is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Guest Services at Gate 1 will also be open on Saturday, August 4, and Sunday, August 5, from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

After August 7, ticket prices for the Fair are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children
6-12, and free to children under the age of 5. There are also new special promotions on each day of the Fair:

• Wednesday: Scholar Students Day
Free admission for Nevada County Honor Roll students until 5 pm
(by invitation only from the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools)

• Thursday: Community Day
Free coupon book with coupons for Treat Street, souvenirs and the Draft Horse Classic
for the first 10,000 customers.
Free admission for disabled persons until 5 pm

• Friday: Family Friday
Free parking in Fair lots until noon
One free carnival ride coupon for first 500 guests

• Saturday: Military Appreciation Day
Free admission for active and retired military (who show ID) until 5 pm

• Sunday: Sunday Funday
Free admission for children 12 and under until 5 pm

This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 8 – 12 and it is filled with “Bushels of Fun!” The phone number is (530) 273-6217 and the website is NevadaCountyFair.com.

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