Art at the Classic: Which Art is Your Favorite?

Check out this art – which is your favorite? During this week’s Draft Horse Classic, don’t miss Art at the Classic, held in the Main Street Center, and featuring hundreds of beautiful works of art. Shop in between Draft Horse performances, or drop by while strolling the Harvest Fair. Entrance to the Fairgrounds is free!

Art at the Classic (baby Clydes) Art at the Classic (girl braiding) Art at the Classic (patriotic)

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The Draft Horses Are Arriving!

These beauties will start arriving this week in preparation for the Draft Horse Classic, which begins on Thursday. Tickets are on sale for their performances! Also, plan a day to visit the Fairgrounds and the many activities happening at the Harvest Fair. See you at the Classic!

Redd Barney Ranch (Nevada) Outside the barns Hello!

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Add a Caption for a Chance to Win Draft Horse Tickets

What caption would you add to this photo? Let us know by leaving a comment on our Facebook page, and we’ll randomly choose a few winners for free admission tickets to the Draft Horse Classic, happening next week, September 18 – 21. Have fun!

Vintage photo (2014)

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Harvest Fair Entry Forms Due Friday

We love this photo of a young artist working on her Harvest Fair entry! Have you turned in entry forms to enter an item in the Harvest Fair? We have lots of categories for youth and adults, and you have until Friday at 4 pm to turn in those entry forms. Plus, if you enter an item, you’ll also receive two tickets to Friday evening’s Classic performance.

Visit here for Harvest Fair categories and directions for completing the entry forms. It’s easy and it’s fun to see your creations on exhibit at the Harvest Fair.

Photo by Jennifer Machado

Harvest Fair entries (Jennifer Machado) - 2014

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Enter An Exhibit in the Harvest Fair

Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibit entries in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 18 – 21, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline for Nevada County residents to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 4 pm on Friday, September 12. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic.

Entry forms are now being accepted at the Fair Office and on-line. There are more than 100 different categories to choose from, including fruits and vegetables, cobblers, harvest pies, scarecrows, jams, honey, cut flowers, produce characters, and birdhouses. There’s even a “Garden Photo Contest” to share the beauty of your own garden and plants; and an Adult Artistic Corner for those interested in showing off arts and crafts. So many fun categories to choose from!

There’s a division for youth and teens, which includes categories like apple face dolls, decoupage, Halloween masks, painted pumpkins, wreaths, table settings, and ceramics. Plus, there’s a Special People’s division for those interested in showing off their talents at the Harvest Fair.

Exhibitors must either submit paper entry forms at the Fair office or enter on-line between now and Friday, September 12. It’s free and it’s simple!

Complete descriptions of all Harvest Fair divisions and categories are available on-line at the Fair’s Office on McCourtney Road, or by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217.

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair runs September 18 – 21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There are six performances featuring the beautiful Draft Horses – Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm.

In addition to the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is happening at the Fairgrounds throughout the event. Musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, food on Treat Street, a clogging jamboree, and visits to the barns make for a fun family day at the Harvest Fair. Plus, we’ve got two tasty events happening – the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off on Saturday, and Bounty of the County on Sunday.

scarecrows at the Harvest Fair

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Bobby Kerr Mustang Act

We are excited to welcome Bobby Kerr and his mustangs to this year’s Classic! A crowd-favorite at this year’s Nevada County Fair in August, we knew immediately that Bobby would be perfect for the Draft Horse Classic!

Bobby and his unique team of American Mustangs have inspired audiences around the nation with their incredible display of courage and trust. Witness relationships that have formed between Bobby and his wild Mustangs – which once roamed the desert landscape – and be inspired by the partnerships that were once thought impossible.

Bobby gains standing applause from audiences from all over the nation at various events from the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas to Road to the Horse in Tennessee. He presents his American Mustangs to more than 100,000 people annually!

He has a career rich in western heritage that spans over 40 years. He is an avid competitor at various Mustang Makeover competitions and is continually striving to expand his team of American Mustangs, while inspiring fans and preserving American history. Additionally, he has trained and shown in Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse. His career highlights include:

  • Founder of Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1985 AQHA Senior Cutting Honor Roll Champion
  • 1993 Futurity Limited Open Finalist
  • 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Finalist (with 2 horses)
  • 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Fan Favorite
  • 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion
  • 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Fan Favorite
  • 2013 IPRA National Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion

Bobby Kerr Mustang Act is one act you don’t want to miss! Join us in welcoming Bobby and his mustangs to the Classic!

Flying U (Bobby Kerr) - 2014














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Draft Horse Classic Ticket Giveaway

Do you love the Draft Horse Classic? If so, why? Is this your first time attending? Either way, hop on over to our Facebook page, “like” us (if you haven’t already), and then enter a comment on the post for a chance to win a ticket to Thursday or Friday evening’s  Draft Horse Classic.  Such a fun show!

Beautiful Clydesdale (HC)

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” are all part of the festivities at the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 18 – 21, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Tickets to this event are on-sale now. Once again, we’re offering discounted pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, as well as on morning performances and children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530-273-6217), faxing (530-273-1146), or visiting the Fair Office on McCourtney Road. Tickets can also be purchased on-line.  There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets on-line. Ticket order forms are also available on-line. Choose from six performances.

Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy western music, Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and hundreds of community exhibits, a clogging jamboree, horse shoeing demonstrations, delicious food on Treat Street, and artwork at Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the famous Draft Horses up-close.

On Saturday of the Classic, it’s the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, happening from 1 – 3:30 pm. Whether you want to show off your cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats – we’ve got it all in one place. Tasting tickets and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase at the event.

On Sunday, September 21, enjoy the Fall-like weather underneath the tall pine trees for Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm and is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate. Information is available at

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The phone number is (530) 273-6217.

Photo credit:

Carriage (ProSportsPix)


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