General Information

Dates: September 21 – 23, 2018. This page will be updated in August 2018.
Location: 11228 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 273-6217
(39.20770, -121.0766) Google Maps

(2017 Information)

Hours of the Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair

Friday: 11 am until end of last performance
Saturday: 9:30 am until end of last performance (Eliminations begin at 7 am)
Sunday: 9:30 am until end of last performance

2017 Draft Horse Performance Prices:

Evening and Late Afternoon Performances:
Reserved seating: $23; General admission: $20

Morning Performances:
Reserved seating: $19; General admission: $16

Children’s Tickets (12 & under)
Reserved seating: $17; General admission: $14

Season Pass

Parking: $6 (daily); $15 (event parking pass)

Harvest Fair

In between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is bustling with activity. The Harvest Fair is an experience that can be enjoyed by kids and adults – and admission is free! Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the horses, taste the delicious Treat Street goodies, or sit and enjoy the live entertainment. With so much to see and do, there’s a little something for everyone at the Harvest Fair.

Musical Entertainment

As part of the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, enjoy free musical entertainment at the Western Music Fest at the Fairgrounds. Music will be featured beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.

Services Available During the Draft Horse Classic

Performance Tickets–Draft Horse Classic performance tickets are available at the Arena Box Office during all three days of the Classic.

Souvenir Booth Hours–Located in the Main Street Center
Friday: 11 am to 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

Parking–Public Parking in Lots 1 & 4: $6

Public Transportation–The Gold Country Stage will be providing free fares on September 21, 22 and 23 on all routes, including a bus stop at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the Draft Horse Classic. The Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop is at Brighton Street and McCourtney Road near gate 8. For schedules, call 477-0103 or visit

Main Office–The Fairgrounds Office is located across from the Main Street Center, at Gate 1.

Restrooms–Located inside the Main Street Center, the Arena, on Treat Street near the Horse Office (Log Cabin), and on the Gold Path.

ATM Machines–Located near Gate 1 at Main Street Center; and at Sugar Pine Lodge, near the Pine Tree Stage.

Smoke Free Event–The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair is a smoke free event, and does not allow smoking or vaping on the Fairgrounds, except in designated outdoor areas. Those who desire to smoke or use a vaping device must visit one of the two designated smoking areas located immediately outside Gates 3 and 5.

Pay Phone–A telephone is located in front of the Main Street Center (Gate 1).

Charging Stations–Phone charging stations are available in front of the Main Street Center (Gate 1), and next to the Pine Tree Stage near Treat Street

Lost & Found–Please check with the Fairgrounds Office at Gate 1.

First Aid–Professional medical personnel are on the grounds during the Draft Horse Classic. First aid personnel are located at the Watt Park Frosty Booth across from the Pine Tree Stage. Ask any staff member for assistance in contacting first aid personnel.

Pets–As a reminder, pets are not allowed on the grounds during the Draft Horse Classic, except for service dogs or canines entered in Fair competitions.