Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, where you’ll experience beautiful draft horses pulling meticulously restored freight wagons, loyally working farm equipment, skillfully completing intricate maneuvers, and competing with elegance and determination.  Plus, this is the opportunity to meet the stars of show and see a draft horse up close. 

Happening September 21 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the Draft Horse Classic is the premier draft horse show on the west coast and offers six different performances featuring draft horses and exhibitors from across the United States and Canada. In between competition classes, guests will enjoy performances by expert horseman and trick rope artist Tomas Garcilazo, Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, Cal Crush Clydesdales, CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, the California Cowgirls Drill Team and more. Additionally, with more than 150 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe and meet these gentle giants.

New this year, the Draft Horse Classic is moving to three days, with two performances each day.  There’s also a new class schedule, more hitches, and exciting entertainment in the arena.

Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Thursday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

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 three days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy musical entertainment, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, the Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, Art at the Classic. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses. We even offer guided barn tours.

As part of the festivities, there will be two free concerts on the Pine Tree Stage. On Friday, September 21 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes the stage. On Saturday, September 22 from 4 – 6 pm, Brenn Hill, an award-winning singer songwriter, will perform cowboy and country music. Both concerts are free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21- 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.  

Photo by Lenkaland Photography

 

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Grounds Closed to Pedestrians May 21 – 28 (Strawberry Music Festival)

In preparation for the Strawberry Music Festival, May 24 – 27, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to pedestrians – walkers and bicyclists – beginning Monday, May 21. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, May 29. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours. If you are interested in attending the Strawberry Music Festival, please visit www.strawberrymusic.com.

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Thank You, PRIDE

Thank you to this hardworking group from Pride Industries Foundation who spent the day raking the pine needles from the cow barns, as well as cleaning the ticket booths. We also had another group of individuals helping us in the office last week and we will continue to partner with PRIDE on a monthly basis. We are so appreciative of this team’s help, their smiles and their positive attitude. Keep up the good work, team, and know that you are making a difference at the Nevada County Fairgrounds!

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 23, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets are available here

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Lions Lake Habitat Restoration Update

Habitat restoration update: Lions Lake is still closed to the public, but the wildlife are thriving (lots of goslings) and we’re adding water to the lake. We can’t wait to “unveil” the pond in a few weeks. A huge thank you to Nevada County Resource Conservation District for making this project happen and for restoring the lake for our community. 

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Old West Antique Show (Friday and Saturday)

Today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) at the Fairgrounds, it’s the Grass Valley Old West Antique Show from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday. Visitors to the show will discover one of the richest collections of antiques and artifacts that define the experience of the American West, and will have the opportunity to view and purchase world class merchandise from a legendary list of dealers in all collecting categories.

 

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Lions Lake Habitat Restoration Project

Habitat restoration work began this week at Lions Lake at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This project is being done in partnership with the Nevada County Resource Conservation District (RCD) and involves removing silt and trash from the lake, removing a block wall and replacing it with a rock wall, replacing failed culverts and doing shoreline stabilization.  When completed (in about 2-3 weeks) the lake will be healthier and there will be new walking trails around the lake. It’s important to note that the lake will NOT be fully drained. It will only be partially drained, and RCD worked with Fish and Wildlife on permits for the project, which includes safeguards for protecting wildlife. We are extremely thankful to RCD for their work and expertise on this project, and we can’t wait for the community to see the “new” lake.

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