Year-Round Fun at the Fairgrounds

Always something fun happening at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. So much fun in one place!

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Draft Horse Classic: September 21 – 24, 2017

Isn’t this year’s Draft Horse Classic poster beautiful?!  Featuring artwork by talented artist Elizabeth Hendrix, the piece is titled “Show Morning.” Mark your calendar for this year’s Classic – September 21 – 24, 2017.

2017 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 - 24, Grass Valley, CA

Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

Barn Tours Available at the Draft Horse Classic


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 12, 2016

Contact:     Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager
(530) 273-6217 moc.r1501008806iaFyt1501008806nuoCa1501008806daveN1501008806@nibo1501008806R1501008806.

Guided Barn Tours Offered At This Year’s Draft Horse Classic
Get behind-the-scenes and meet the stars of the Classic

Guided Barn Tours are available to visitors at this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The behind-the-scenes tours, led by teamster and assistant show manager, Eleanor Roberts, are another way for visitors to be able to meet and talk with draft horse exhibitors, as well as meet the stars of the Classic – the beautiful draft horses.

Barn tours will be held on Friday, September 23, at 3 pm and Saturday, September 24, at 2 pm. Advance reservations are recommended, as there are a limited number of openings for each tour. The cost for the tour is $10 per person, and advance reservations can be made by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217. If there is still availability, tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the Arena box office.

Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will include meeting the exhibitors and learning about how they got involved with draft horses; discussing and seeing the different draft horse breeds; a show-and-tell of draft horse equipment, and a discussion about the training of draft horses and what it takes to put a team together. You’ll also get to roam to the various barns on the Fairgrounds to meet the beautiful draft horses!

The 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair starts Thursday, September 22 and runs through Sunday, September 25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. The Draft Horse Classic features six stunning performances in the arena. If you can’t make it to a guided barn tour, the barns are always open for viewing the horses in between performances throughout the event. Additionally, musical entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage, a world class art show, delicious food, vendors with western wear and items, a clogging jamboree, and a live horse shoeing competition are all part of the Harvest Fair, which takes place at the Fairgrounds during all four days of the Classic.

For tickets to the performances, the barn tours, or information, call the office at 273-6217 or visit here.

Enter Your Exhibits 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 22 – 25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 4 pm on Friday, September 16. 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 here. 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!

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 online between now and Friday, September 16 at 4 pm.  It’s free and it’s simple!

Complete descriptions of all Harvest Fair divisions and categories are available here, 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 22 – 25 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 vendors on Treat Street and around the grounds, a clogging jamboree, Harvest Fair exhibits, and visits to the barns make for a fun family day at the Harvest Fair.

scarecrows at the Harvest Fair

Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

Let’s Celebrate 10,000 Facebook Friends

We reached 10,000 “friends” on our Facebook page! That’s exciting – and a reason to do a giveaway! Post a comment on our FB page about your favorite event at the Fairgrounds or what you love about the Fairgrounds, and we’ll randomly choose a few winners for Fair, Draft Horse, or County Christmas Faire tickets (if you win, we’ll let you choose which event). Have fun, and thanks for helping us get to 10,000.


Categories: Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Visit the Fairgrounds in 2016

Visit us in 2016 for the annual Cioppino feed, the Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire!

2016 events

Categories: Country Christmas Faire, Draft Horse Classic, Events, Nevada County Fair, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Draft Horse Classic Photos Now Available

Looking for photos from the Draft Horse Classic? Our official photographer, David Wong, will be setting up a new site, where highlights of the event will be posted. You can either order the Best of DHC 2015 disc for $85; or, if you are looking or a specific class, driver, or team, contact him directly at for pricing and options.
Categories: Announcements and Draft Horse Classic.

Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced



Contact: Robin Hauck, Deputy Manager, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1501008806iaFyt1501008806nuoCa1501008806daveN1501008806@nibo1501008806R1501008806

29th Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 29th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 24 – 27 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Albert Cleve of Farmington, Missouri, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Robbie Mederos from Danville, California was the horseshoe competition judge.

More than 50 Draft Horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Colorado, and Idaho – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, from Blackfoot, Idaho.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Deb Luis, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of her fellow teamsters. Luis is from Debzdrafts in Marysville, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Steve Smith of Quail Creek Percherons, Carmichael, CA; and Dakota Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Placerville, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, GT Bold Adventure, is owned by Thiel Family Percherons of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Jason Bexon.  The Grand Champion Stallion, Rolling Acres Tyrane, is also owned by Thiel Family Percherons.

The Grand Champion Mare, Noodle, is owned by Top Hand Ranch and shown by Crystal Newborn of Elverta, CA.

The winner in the 2015 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Lance Yohe of Elk Grove, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 800 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Sierra View Manor in Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Nicholas Husak of Grass Valley.

A complete list of 2015 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, can be found here.

The 2016 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 22 – 25. Tickets will go on sale on May 2, 2016.

Wareing Team - Ultimate Six-Up Champions (Photography by David Wong)

Winner of the Ultimate Hitch Competition – Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, based out of Blackfoot, Idaho – performs at the 2015 Draft Horse Classic. (Photography by David Wong)