Dates for the 2017 Draft Horse Classic are September 21 – 24, 2017
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. Activities are on-going at the Fairgrounds during the Classic:
- Art at the Classic
Held during the four days of the Draft Horse Classic, this 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.
- Musical Entertainment
Grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors, sit beneath the shade of the tall pine trees at the Pine Tree Stage, and enjoy the show. We’ve got new musical entertainment this year, including two free concerts for all to enjoy!
- Western Trade Show
During the Classic, throughout the Fairgrounds, a multitude of vendors display their goods at the Western Trade Show. It is here that you can find handmade jewelry, Draft Horse memorabilia, western wear, handmade wooden toys, handmade soaps, English toffee, handmade rustic wooden frames from reclaimed wood, leather purses, belts, wallets, art, lawn ornaments, and western home decor. A selection that would take time and travel to find elsewhere is all displayed in one area for your shopping convenience. There is no admission charge to enter the Fairgrounds during the Classic, so you can visit the Trade Show as many times as you want, until you find that perfect item (or two!) to take home.
- Treat Street Goodies
Food vendors will be selling delicious festival food from booths located around the grounds, as well as from some of the Treat Street booths, during all four days of the Classic! Whether it’s a cold beer, hot coffee, a baked potato, a cinnamon roll, or a sandwich, it can be found from one of the many food vendors found at the Classic.
- Visit the Barns
Be sure to visit the barns during your visit to the Classic. The barns are open throughout the event in between performances. However, they become “back stage” during performances and for safety purposes are closed when the horses are heading back and forth to the arena shows.
- Guided Barn Tours
Reservations required by calling (530)273-6217.
- Special Exhibits
- The History Exhibit
- Pine Tree Quilters
- An exhibit of Early Day Gas Engines
- Narrow-Gauge Railroad Exhibit
- Live Horse Shoeing Competition
Watch professional blacksmiths as they rise to the challenge of shoeing 2,000-pound Draft Horses at the 2016 Edward Martin Perpetual Draft Horse Shoeing Competition. With horses lined up, each competitor, with the assistance of a striker and fire man, will build shoes and be judged on one foot shod agricultural style and a specimen shoe of the judge’s choice.
- Produce Characters, Painted Pumpkins and Prizes!
Visit the Floriculture Building to see exhibitors compete for cash awards and ribbons by showcasing their finest fruits, vegetables and crafts.
Although there is a fee for the Draft Horse performances, admission to the Fairgrounds is free, so stop by anytime during the Classic.