Draft Horse Classic Artwork

Wondering who created the awesome artwork featured at this year’s Draft Horse Classic? The artist is Liz Hendrix, and she’ll have a booth selling her paintings and other beautiful pieces at the Classic this year! Liz had a previous piece chosen to represent the 2017 Classic as well, and she won the People’s Choice Award! Make sure to say hello to Liz and view all her amazing artwork!

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Western Music Fest at the Classic

Don’t miss the free musical entertainment at the Draft Horse Classic. Music begins at noon on Friday and Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. This year, we have a great lineup of country, bluegrass and honky-tonk music, as well as cowboy comedians and poets who will surely entertain you! And best of all, it’s FREE, so stop by and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the music!

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Harvest Fair Exhibits!

You still have a week left to enter an exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! If you’re a gardener, artist, baker or craft lover who wants to show off your skills, submit an entry form online or stop by the Fairgrounds office anytime Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm (please note, the cutoff time for entering an exhibit on September 13 is 4 pm). Click here for more information!

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Enter an Exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic

For those interested in entering an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic, entry forms are now being accepted. The deadline to turn in exhibit entry forms is 4 pm on Friday, September 13. It’s free to enter and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Thursday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic.  

There are more than 100 different classes to choose from, including traditional classes like fruits and vegetables, cobblers, pies, jams and jellies, scarecrows, and cut flowers. There are also numerous unique classes to enter like the Huge Harvest Haul, Nevada County Grown (arrange any size basket of agricultural products grown in Nevada County), or Nevada County Donates (arrange canned or dried food in a basket and it will be donated to a local food bank). A complete description of all Harvest Fair divisions and classes is available in the Harvest Fair Competition Handbook available online here.

To enter, exhibitors must submit entry forms at the Fair office or online here between now and Friday, September 13 at 4 pm. It’s free, it’s simple to complete the entry form, and it’s fun to see your exhibits on display at the Harvest Fair.

All exhibits will be on display during the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The event features six draft horse performances in the arena, as well as ongoing activities on the Fairgrounds like musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, a horseshoeing competition, a Western Trade Show and visits to the barns.

For Draft Horse Classic performance tickets or information about entering a Harvest Fair exhibit, call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visit here.

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Foundation Scholarship Recipients


Congratulations to the 2019 Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation scholarship recipients

Jewel Jones 2019 (credit: Three Lillies)Jewel Jones
Jewel will attend Sacramento City College in the fall and will then transfer to a four-year university. She plan to major in English in hopes of becoming an editor.


Anna Woodall 2019Anna Woodall
Anna will attend Shasta College this fall. Over the next few years, she plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and become employed as a Registered Professional Forester.

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33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic!

There’s so much to do at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! Aside from watching one of the spectacular draft horse performances in the arena, you can take a guided barn tour, listen to one of our many live music acts, visit the buildings to see all the cool exhibits and artwork, witness a live shoeing competition, visit all the vendors and more! Happening September 19-22!

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Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show

Happy National Dog Day! If you’re looking for something fun to do with your furry friend, head over to the Nevada County Fairgrounds for the Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show this weekend! This event is not only an all-breed dog show, but also features a barn hunt, a rally and plenty of vendors selling dog-related items! This event lasts all day on August 31 and September 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And best of all, it’s FREE!

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Enter an Exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic!

Calling all gardeners, crafters, bakers and artists of all ages! Would you like to enter an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic (September 19 – 22)! The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, September 13. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details can be found here!

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