33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Don’t miss the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair happening September 19-22! This year’s Classic will have six spectacular performances featuring a variety of horses, exhibitors, hitches, and farm wagons and carriages. In between classes, guests can will enjoy performances from Romano: the Andalusian Stallion, Gladius the Show, CHP Mounted Patrol and more! While you’re here, make sure to visit the barns, check out the Harvest Fair exhibits, grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music on the Pine Tree Stage and browse the Western Trade Show! See you at the Classic!

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

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!

Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

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!

Categories: Draft Horse Classic.

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!

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

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.

Categories: Announcements.

Treat Street!

Oh, how we love you, Treat Street! So many delicious choices! What’s your favorite treat on Treat Street? Leave a comment and we’ll randomly choose a few winners for a free admission ticket to the Fair. Photo by RHMImages.

Categories: Site Updates.

Hansen Family Recognized as Fair Family of the Year

The Hansen Family – Jeff, Andrea, Savannah May and Russell – have been named the 2019 Family of the Year by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The Board chose the Hansen Family for their ongoing support of local youth in agriculture and their volunteer efforts and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

Jeff and Andrea, who both grew up in Nevada County, have been attending the Nevada County Fair since they were kids and have been active with the Junior Livestock Auction since they started dating. They married in 2004 and now love sharing these annual traditions with their two children, Savannah May, 12, and Russell, 10. This year, both kids will have livestock entries at the Fair – Savannah May has been raising a market steer and heifer while Russell has been raising a market hog.

“We all love the Nevada County Fair,” says Andrea. “Each year, the kids and I scour the Fair’s Competition Handbook as soon as it’s released to circle all the still exhibits and livestock entries we want to enter. Some of the kid’s yearly goals revolve around the Fair and its judging.”

In addition to entering livestock and exhibits at the Fair, the Hansen family volunteers at the auction each year and the four of them work at the Meadowlarks Pasty Booth. Savannah May loves doing barn duty and working in the red barn and Russell loves camping during the Fair and being with friends.

When asked about their favorite part of the Fair, Andrea says it’s the livestock. “We love the auction and supporting the auction,” she says. “Watching the kids on Sunday is so emotional because we know the dedication and commitment that goes into the care and raising of each animal. Now that our own kids are showing, it adds a whole new dynamic to our experience.”

Andrea says that the family was so surprised and honored to be chosen as the Fair family of the year and to represent their favorite county event. “Fair is a huge cumulation of people’s hard work – not only from people’s exhibits but also from fair employees – and it’s so fun to see all the moving parts and seeing it all on display. The Fair provides a unique, invaluable experience and life skills for our kids, and it provides friendships and a place for our children to meet others who have the same passions they do.”

While not at the Fair, Jeff operates Hansen Bros. Enterprises, serves on the Nevada Joint Union High School Ag Advisory Board and loves to hunt. Andrea is a teacher at Clear Creek School, where Russell and Savannah May attend, and she also serves as a Meadowlarks project leader. Savannah May plays basketball and volleyball and Russell enjoys riding dirt bikes, swimming and playing with his two dogs, Ketchup and Levi. Both kids also love spending countless hours with their animals in the barn.

The Hansen Family will be honored at the Fair’s opening ceremony and will also receive a family portrait by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley. This year’s Nevada County Fair is August 7 – 11.

Categories: Nevada County Fair.

2019 Arena Events

Don’t miss the spectacular arena events happening at the Nevada County Fair, August 7-11! This year features the new Motocross Madness happening on Thursday night! Returning favorites include the Flying U Extreme Rodeo on Wednesday, Monster and Rough Trucks on Friday and Saturday, and the Destruction Derby on Sunday. Buy your tickets today!

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