Hours of the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair:
Thursday: 4 pm until end of last performance
Friday: Noon until end of last performance
Saturday: 9 am until end of last performance
(Saturday elimination begin at 7 am)
Sunday: 9 am until end of last performance
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, enjoy delicious food and beverages, shop from the many vendors selling wares, check out the art show and exhibits, or sit and enjoy musical entertainment. Activities are ongoing 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 100 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 at the Western Music Fest.
- 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.
- Food and Beverages: 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.
- Visits to 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 Tour: A guided barn tour will be offered on Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets go on sale May 1.
- Special Exhibits
- Nevada County Bonsai Club
- Pine Tree Quilters
- An exhibit of Early Day Gas Engines (Gold Country Flywheelers), Gate 1
- Narrow-Gauge Railroad Exhibit (Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm)
- Horseshoeing Competition Watch professional blacksmiths as they rise to the challenge of shoeing 2,000-pound Draft Horses at the 2020 Edward Martin Perpetual Draft Horseshoeing 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.
- Forging Clinic: Friday at 10 am, adjacent to Foundation Station, near Gate 5
- Live Shoeing Competition: Saturday at 9 am, adjacent to Foundation Station, near Gate 5
- Gardening, Gourds, and More! Visit Evergreen Hall and the Lath House to see community exhibits showcasing the outcome of hard work and long hours by gardeners, crafters and bakers.
Although there is a fee for the Draft Horse performances, admission to the Fairgrounds is free, so stop by anytime during the Classic.