General Information

September 17 – 20, 2020 
Info: (530) 273-6217
Tickets on sale in May.

Maps and Directions to the Fairgrounds
Google Maps: (39.20770, -121.0766


Six Draft Horse Performances in the Arena.

  2019 Draft Horse Classic Show Results

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.

  2019 Harvest Fair Winners

Harvest Fair Guide

Horseshoeing Competition
Forging Clinic: Friday at 9am, adjacent to Foundation Station, near Gate 5
Live Shoeing Competition: Saturday at 8am, adjacent to Foundation Station near Gate 5

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 noon on Friday and Saturday, and 11 am on Sunday. 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.

Art at the Classic

Held during the four days of the Draft Horse Classic, Art at the Classic is a world-class equine and western art show features more than 120 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. Take time to browse the show, meet some of the artists and purchase beautiful works of original art, photography, cards and other items from the artists’ booths.

  2019 Art at the Classic Winners

Main Street Center–next to Gate 1

Art Show Hours:
Thursday, September 19: Noon–7pm
Friday, September 20: Noon–7pm
Saturday, September 22: 9am–7pm
Sunday, September 22: 9am–5pm

Services Available During the Draft Horse Classic

Performance Tickets–Performance tickets are available at the Arena Box Office daily from 9 am – 7 pm.

Parking–Public Parking in Lots 1 & 4

Public Transportation–The Gold Country Stage will be providing free fares on September 19-21 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. Smoking and vaping are not allowed 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.

Charging Stations–Phone charging stations are available in front of Main Street Center (Gate 1) and at Pine Tree Stage.

Lost & Found–Please check with the Administration 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–Except for service dogs, no dogs or other pets are allowed on the grounds during the Draft Horse Classic. Pets providing emotional support, well-being, comfort or companionship are not recognized as service animals under ADA regulations and are not permitted at the Draft Horse Classic.