Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Applications for artists interested in participating in Art at the Classic at the Draft Horse Classic are now on our website.

Held during the four days of the Draft Horse Classic, this world-class equine and western art show features more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.   The artists selected for the show compete for awards like Best Draft Horse Theme, Best of Show, and a People’s Choice Award.  Additionally, the artist for the 2015 Draft Horse Classic poster is chosen from this this talented group of individuals.

We look forward to showcasing your artwork at the 2014 Draft Horse Classic.



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Shout Out to Our Sponsors

As always, we are loving our sponsors!  A big thank you to Alta Sierra Country Club, Don Adams Satellite, and Emily’s Catering – all have recently signed up to be 2014 sponsors of the Nevada County Fair. 

Want to know more about becoming a sponsor of the Fair? Check out our sponsorship opportunities.

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Year-Round Fun

Won’t you join us at one of our popular 2014 events? We have the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, and the Country Christmas Faire. Plus, we have a myriad of community events that take place throughout the year on the grounds! Join us – we’d love to welcome you to the Nevada County Fairgrounds!

Year-Round Fun

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2014 Draft Horse Classic Commercial

Sit back and enjoy the 2014 Draft Horse Classic commercial. Don’t you just love those beautiful Draft Horses?!

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 18 – 21, and tickets go on sale May 1.  The 2014 Draft Horse Performance times are listed below, as are the ticket prices (which are the same as 2013).

Draft Horse Performance Times

Thursday, September 18 6:30 pm
Friday, September 19 6:30 pm
Saturday, September 20 10:00 am
Saturday, September 20 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 21 10:00 am
Sunday, September 21 4:00 pm

2014 Draft Horse Performance Ticket Prices:
Ticket sales to the Draft Horse Classic begin May 1

Evening and Late Afternoon Performances
Reserved seating: $22; General admission: $19

Morning Performances
Reserved seating: $18; General admission: $15

Children’s Tickets (12 & under)
Reserved seating: $16; General admission: $13

Join us for this year’s Classic!!

Mandatory Registration of Market Animals for 2014 Fair

Market Beef
Registration opens: March 17
Deadline: April 4 at 4 pm
pdf Steer Registration Instructions
pdf Code of Ethics
Market Goat, Lambs, and Swine
Registration opens: May 19
Deadline: June 6 at 4 pm
(Registration instructions will be available early May)

The Nevada County Fair’s mandatory registration deadline for all market beef is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 4th. The mandatory registration deadline of all other large market animals is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

Junior beef exhibitors may register their market animals at the Fair’s Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, beginning March 17th. The absolute deadline for market beef registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, April 4th. Goat, lamb and hog exhibitors may register their market animals beginning May 19th. The absolute deadline for market goat, sheep and swine registration is 4:00 pm, Friday, June 6th.

All FFA, 4-H, Grange and Independent exhibitors are required to register their market animals for the Fair on the dates specified above. Along with the completed entry form and entry fees the exhibitor must also present a photograph of themselves with their market animal and a Bill of Sale to Fair officials; the exhibitor should request this Bill of Sale from the person who sold them their market animal, or if an exhibitor bred their own animal, they must present a letter so stating. Market Beef exhibitors must also complete a transportation slip. Entry forms, transportation slips and detailed instructions are available at the 4-H Office, through FFA Advisors and at the Fair Administration Office.

An exhibitor can bring in their own entry forms with the additional required documents and entry fees or it can be done by the club leader/chapter advisor for the group. Individual parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, etc., cannot bring in someone else’s paperwork. It either has to be done as an individual exhibitor in person or as a group by the signing leader and/or advisor.

To exhibit a large market animal at the 2014 Nevada County Fair, exhibitors must be 9 years old or in the 4th grade by January 1, 2014 and must be a Nevada County Junior. A Nevada County Junior exhibitor is defined as:

  • An exhibitor whose legal residence is within the boundaries of the Nevada County Fair and who attends a school within Nevada County, or
  • An exhibitor who lives outside Nevada County, attends a school in Nevada County and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange, or
  • An exhibitor who is a Nevada County resident enrolled and attending college and is a member of the FFA, Nevada County 4-H or Nevada County Grange.

Although an exhibitor may enter only one large market animal in the Fair, each exhibitor will be allowed to register a maximum of 2 animals per species, not to exceed 4 animals in total. The Fair appreciates that exhibitors often choose to raise more than one market animal, giving them the option of bringing their finest quality animal to the Fair to sell through the Junior Livestock Auction, which is scheduled during the Fair on Sunday, August 10th. A family may choose to register a second animal to be shared by their children in the event that one of their children needs to bring a back-up animal.

The 2014 “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair is scheduled for August 6th through 10th. For information on market animal registration or becoming involved in the Junior Livestock Auction as a buyer or volunteer, call the Fair at 273-6217.

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