Bobby Kerr Mustang Act

We are excited to welcome Bobby Kerr and his mustangs to this year’s Classic! A crowd-favorite at this year’s Nevada County Fair in August, we knew immediately that Bobby would be perfect for the Draft Horse Classic!

Bobby and his unique team of American Mustangs have inspired audiences around the nation with their incredible display of courage and trust. Witness relationships that have formed between Bobby and his wild Mustangs – which once roamed the desert landscape – and be inspired by the partnerships that were once thought impossible.

Bobby gains standing applause from audiences from all over the nation at various events from the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas to Road to the Horse in Tennessee. He presents his American Mustangs to more than 100,000 people annually!

He has a career rich in western heritage that spans over 40 years. He is an avid competitor at various Mustang Makeover competitions and is continually striving to expand his team of American Mustangs, while inspiring fans and preserving American history. Additionally, he has trained and shown in Cutting, Reining, Roping and Working Cow Horse. His career highlights include:

  • Founder of Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1985 AQHA Senior Cutting Honor Roll Champion
  • 1993 Futurity Limited Open Finalist
  • 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Finalist (with 2 horses)
  • 2011 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Fan Favorite
  • 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Champion
  • 2012 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover Fan Favorite
  • 2013 IPRA National Finals Rodeo Showcase Champion

Bobby Kerr Mustang Act is one act you don’t want to miss! Join us in welcoming Bobby and his mustangs to the Classic!

Flying U (Bobby Kerr) - 2014














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Sisters Win Big in Livestock Awards

Congratulations to these four young ladies for their accomplishments during the 2014 Fair. These two sets of sisters – Maddie and Rylee Prechter, and Taylor and Fallyn Foster – received top honors with their market animals. Maddie, age 13, was awarded the Supreme Champion Market Steer, while Rylee, 9, was awarded Reserve Supreme Champion Market Steer. Taylor, 17, received Supreme Champion Market Lamb and her sister Fallyn, also 17, received Reserve Supreme Champion Market Lamb. Families and Fair-time go hand-in-hand. Congratulations!
Livestock Awards - Foster Sisters Livestock Awards - Prechter Sisters


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This Weekend: Dog Show

Looking for something fun and entertaining to do this weekend? The Gold Country Kennel Club Dog Show is happening this Saturday and Sunday (August 30 & 31) from 8 am to 5 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. This hugely popular show is a full AKC Dog Show, and, typically features all 170 breeds. There will be vendors with all the items an animal lover could want, and food vendors will be serving tasty treats.

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Draft Horse Classic Ticket Giveaway

Do you love the Draft Horse Classic? If so, why? Is this your first time attending? Either way, hop on over to our Facebook page, “like” us (if you haven’t already), and then enter a comment on the post for a chance to win a ticket to Thursday or Friday evening’s  Draft Horse Classic.  Such a fun show!

Beautiful Clydesdale (HC)

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Majestic Draft Horse performances, breath-taking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up-close” are all part of the festivities at the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 18 – 21, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances by the beautiful Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules. The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

Tickets to this event are on-sale now. Once again, we’re offering discounted pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, as well as on morning performances and children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530-273-6217), faxing (530-273-1146), or visiting the Fair Office on McCourtney Road. Tickets can also be purchased on-line.  There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets on-line. Ticket order forms are also available on-line. Choose from six performances.

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 western music, Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and hundreds of community exhibits, a clogging jamboree, horse shoeing demonstrations, delicious food on Treat Street, and artwork at Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the famous Draft Horses up-close.

On Saturday of the Classic, it’s the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, happening from 1 – 3:30 pm. Whether you want to show off your cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats – we’ve got it all in one place. Tasting tickets and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase at the event.

On Sunday, September 21, enjoy the Fall-like weather underneath the tall pine trees for Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm and is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palate. Information is available at

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. The phone number is (530) 273-6217.

Photo credit:

Carriage (ProSportsPix)


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Sierra BrewFest at the Fairgrounds

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out the Sierra BrewFest, sponsored by Music in the Mountains, on Saturday, August 23, from 3 – 6:30 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. With unlimited microbrew tasting opportunities, it’s an epic afternoon of sun, suds and fun! For more information, visit Music in the Mountains website. 

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Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

Calling all backyard cooks (think you can make the best ribs on the block), professional chefs, caterers, and tasters! What a fun event – happening the weekend of the Draft Horse Classic at the Fairgrounds. Click here for additional details.

Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

Saturday of the Draft Horse Classic, September 20, 2014

Families Welcome – Live Entertainment – Tastings & FUN

Whether you want to show off your cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats–we’ve got it all in one place!

Tasting tickets are 5 for $10. Tasting takes place from 1 – 3:30pm. Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.



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Bill Mitchell Receives 2014 Blue Ribbon Award

Bill Mitchell was recently named the 2014 Blue Ribbon Award recipient by the Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors. The award was created by the Fair’s industry association, the Western Fairs Association (WFA), to recognize dedicated individuals who support their local Fair and continuously contribute to the quality of the Fair. Bill was recognized for his key role with the exhibit crew, as well as his ongoing volunteer efforts at the Fair.

After retiring from the Grass Valley School District – where he worked for 37 years as a band teacher at Lyman Gilmore, Hennessy and Scotten schools – Bill joined the exhibit crew at the Fairgrounds in 2005. It was his inspiration that created the signage at the street corner near the Gentle Giant monument, as well as the poster signs at the gates during the Fair, and the Highway 20 billboard. It was also through Bill’s efforts that the Prop Shop was organized, and, consequently, has saved the Fair significant dollars in labor. Additionally, he lends a huge hand in setting up for the Country Christmas Faire.

While Bill retired from the Fairgrounds in 2012, even in “retirement,” he continues to actively participate at the Fair – putting up signage, displaying banners, puttering in the Prop Shop, assisting with the Country Christmas Faire, and cooking at the Foundation’s annual Cioppino Feed.

Bill, who has lived in Nevada County since 1969, has been married to his wife, Karen, for 46 years. They have two children, Tom and Jennifer, and one grandson, Adler. Bill is active in the Foothill Lions Club, and enjoys spending time with his grandson.

“The Nevada County Fair is special to everyone,” says Bill. “Karen and I and our children, and now our grandson, have spent countless hours enjoying the Fair. It takes a lot of people to put together the events at the Fairgrounds, and I definitely don’t feel I deserve this award any more than any of the other people who put in countless hours to make these events successful. I am humbled and honored.”

“Bill is a wonderful person, and a true asset to our Fairgrounds,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds. “He has a big heart and a passion for the Fair, and it is with great pride that he receives this industry award.”

Bill was recognized in a surprise presentation at the Nevada County Fair’s Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, August 6.

Bill Mitchell (2015)

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Fair Time: Five Days of Fun

It’s Fair season, and the Nevada County Fair, happening August 6 – 10, has five days of “Simply Fun” planned for Fair-goers of all ages. Held under the shade of the tall pine trees in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Fair is the perfect opportunity to listen to musical entertainment, eat delicious food, enjoy carnival rides and games, visit barns full of animals, and see thousands of community exhibits – all in a community-friendly environment.

While visiting the Fair, zip line across The Green, check out the sky diver flying into the arena during the rodeo, try your hand at gold panning, walk in a water balloon, see baby chicks hatch in the embryology display, watch the Fair’s Family Feud competition, or listen to Mogollon’s music as they celebrate 20 years of performing at the Nevada County Fair. Or, how about visiting Circus Imagination, where children become instant stars by being selected from the audience, put in costume, and then performing in a spontaneous circus for the crowd.

Long-time crowd pleasing events will soar into the Fair’s arena Wednesday through Sunday evening. There’s the Flying U Extreme Rodeo happening on Wednesday and Thursday evening; while Friday and Saturday night features Tuff Trucks and Monster Trucks. On Sunday, the ever-popular Destruction Derby returns to the arena. All arena events begin at 7 pm.

Enjoy ongoing, musical entertainment at one of the outdoor stages. This year features a variety of music – pop rock, country rock, traditional country, Chicago-style blues, jazz, traditional and contemporary bluegrass, rockabilly dance, and rock and roll. Barbershop quartets, hula dancing and dancers, and Nevada County’s Concert Band will also be featured on the various stages.

For more fun, enter one of the special contests held daily in the Special Events tent. There’s a Cell Phone Photo Scavenger Hunt, an Instagram contest, Field Games, Kids Duct Tape Art Challenge, a Yo-Yo Contest, a Scrapbook Page Layout Contest, “Minute to Win It” fun, a Diaper Derby, a Just Dance Contest, and nightly karaoke. No pre-registration required – just show up and have fun. Details for contests are available here. 

A visit to the Fair wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Treat Street. It is here that you’ll find an array of delicious foods and drinks – pasties, tacos, corn on the cob, beer, tempura zucchini, baked potatoes, nachos, hamburgers, corn dogs, caramel corn, and more – all while supporting local, non-profit organizations.

Join us at this year’s Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10, and find out why we’ve been voted as the “Best Community Event” for 12 years in a row. The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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