Grounds Closed to Walkers Until July 16

In preparation for California WorldFest, July 11 – 14, the Fairgrounds will be closed to walkers and bicyclists beginning July 8. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Tuesday, July 16. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. For tickets to WorldFest, visit


Categories: Events and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Congratulations, White Barn Project!

Congratulations to The White Barn Project for being a recipient of the Western Fairs Association’s 2019 Blue Ribbon Award. The Fairgrounds Board awarded the White Barn Project this honor because of their work with 4-H and FFA youth. The organization, which provides donated clothing items to children in 4-H and FFA kids to exhibit at the Nevada County Fair, provided more than 100 children all or part of their uniforms in 2018. We can’t wait to see what they do in 2019! Congratulations, and thank you for helping our local youth!

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. There are six exciting performances held throughout the four days of the Classic and each one gives you the unique opportunity to see the magnificent draft horses perform and compete. The Classic is also an opportunity to meet the draft horses by visiting the open barns or taking one of our barn tours.

The Draft Horse Classic showcases almost two hundred draft horses performing and competing and masterfully pulling wagons and carriages, and features exhibitors and hitches from across the United States and Canada.

Between competition classes, the audience will enjoy performances by specialty acts like the California Cowgirls, the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, and chariot and chuck wagon races. There’s also Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire and Roman riding. Additionally, with almost 200 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses up close.

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 Wednesday, September 18, are an additional $4 per ticket. There are a limited number of RV spots available for season ticket holders.

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 ongoing musical entertainment, cowboy poetry, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, and Art at the Classic.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.


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

4th of July Celebration

Looking for something fun to do on the 4th of July? Check out the parade in downtown Grass Valley, followed by a celebration and fireworks at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The parade begins at 11 a.m.; Fairgrounds gates open at 3 p.m., entertainment begins at 4 p.m. and the fireworks spectacular kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Music, entertainment, food and refreshments will be offered. Details and ticket prices can be found here.  See you on the 4th!

Categories: Events and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Enter an Exhibit in the Nevada County Fair

Want to enter an exhibit in the Fair? The Nevada County Fair’s Competition Handbook, which includes all the information you need to enter exhibits in this year’s Fair, is now available. If you can make it, bake it, grow it or show it, there is a class for you – and it can be found in the Competition Handbook!

Whether you’ve been entering exhibits for years or this is your first time, the Competition Handbook is the place to start. If you’re not sure what to enter, how about homemade jam or jelly, a cell phone photo, flowers or vegetables from your garden, baked cookies or homebrew? New this year are classes for your favorite homemade muffin and the Farm Fun Planter Pot – paint your dream farm on the outside of a small pot and plant it with your favorite flower or vegetable! There are also classes for honey, wine, quilts, poetry, ugliest cake, produce characters, and fairy gardens. Or, try entering your best salsa, pie or potato salad in one of the daily Special Food Contests. There are more than a thousand classes for children and adults to enter!

There are cash prizes, gift certificates and ribbons to be won, and all those who enter an exhibit in the Fair will receive two free tickets to the Thursday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic.

It’s easy to enter! Look through the book, pick your favorite classes, and complete the process online at or at the Fair Office on McCourtney Road. The deadline for submitting entry forms for still exhibits is July 22.

A copy of the Competition Handbook can be found online at For printed copies, visit the Fairgrounds Office, Chamber of Commerce offices, post offices, county libraries, grocery stores, Ben Franklin, Foothill Mercantile, and other local businesses.

The 2019 Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11, and the Fair theme is “Farms, Food & Fun!”

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Fun Fair Camp: Sign Up Today

Have you signed your kids up for the 2019 Fun Fair Camp? This fun day camp gives kids the opportunity to create an exhibit to enter in the Fair. Sew a pillow or pot holder, learn photography, make cookies, or paint a clay pot to enter in the “Farm Fun Planter Pots” division. This day camp is happening on Monday, June 24 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm and is available to ages 6-12. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Stop by the Fair Office to register or give us a call at 530-273-6217.


Categories: Events and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, a top-ranked equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, this equine and western art show features impressive works of art in a dozen categories and more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.  The show has become one of the premier displays of its kind – attracting both art lovers and horse lovers. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show.  

The juried show is open to all artists over 18 years old whose work reflects a western way of life and includes any equine subject, work on the land, western landscape, animals or wildlife. Entries must be artist’s original design, produced in the last three years, and not previously shown in Art at the Classic. Classes include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, miniatures, and anything goes (mixed media). All artwork must be for sale.

If you are interested in participating in this show by entering artwork in the show and/or purchasing booth space at the show, applications are available at here. Or if you have questions, contact Judy Vargas, Director of Art at the Classic, at moc.l1566683091iamg@1566683091sesro1566683091hezno1566683091rb1566683091. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2019.

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

2019 Hall of Fame: Bill Mitchell

What fun it was to surprise Bill Mitchell at Thursday’s Fairgrounds staff meeting with the news that he has been selected by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board as a 2019 Nevada County Fair Hall of Fame inductee. The honor is given to those who have provided long-term service and dedication to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Bill, whom we fondly refer to as “Mitchell,” has provided countless hours (years!) of volunteer service to the Fairgrounds and we are a better place because of him. We’ll be sharing more about Bill later and the many reasons he was chosen; but right now we just want to say – congratulations, Mitchell!

Categories: Nevada County Fair.