Nevada County Fairgrounds

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2023 Draft Horse ClassicThe Draft Horse Classic is Here!

Six Majestic Draft Horse Performances
Join the beautiful Draft Horses at the 2023 Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24. The Classic is the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States, and features six performances, along with non-stop entertainment in between classes. Buy Draft Horse Classic tickets online now.

Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic
In between the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is bustling with activity.  The Harvest Fair is an experience that can be enjoyed by kids and adults – and admission is free. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the horses, enjoy delicious food and beverages, shop from the many vendors selling wares, check out the art show and exhibits, or sit and enjoy musical entertainment. Activities are ongoing at the Fairgrounds during the Classic. 

Harvest Fair at the Classic–2023 Competition Handbook

Join us at the 2023 Harvest Fair by showcasing your talents with other garden enthusiasts, bakers and crafters. Simply print & fill out the entry form in the Competition Handbook above and drop it in the mail or at the administration office. Or send an email to . All entries must be received by September 17, 2023. There is no entry fee. You can also enter your exhibits online here:
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All exhibitors will receive two complimentary tickets to the Friday evening (6:30 pm) performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Additional tickets are available for purchase at the Fairgrounds Office.

Harvest Fair Hours:

Thursday – Gates open at 3pm

Friday – Gates open at 3pm

Saturday – Gates open at 9am

Sunday – Gates open at 9am

Exciting Things To Do and See at the Free Harvest Festival

Northern Mines Building 

Saturday, September 23: 11am – 7pm 

Sunday, September 24: 11am – 4pm 

Visit the 2023 Mini Makers Faire at the Draft Horse Classic.  Join the Curious Forge and along with local artisans, artists, and makers of many things.  You’ll find interactive booths and demonstrations throughout the day. 

Ever wondered how a quilt comes to be?  The Pine Tree Quilters Guild will be on hand with ongoing demonstrations of the process.  You can also make your own quilt square for our Community Quilt Project.  What does it mean to ‘turn wood’?  Curious Forge will have their wood turners available along with the mobile forge for anyone interested in seeing blacksmithing up close.  Or you can feel the heat as you watch glass workers make their magic.  And you won’t want to miss meeting Jordan Champagne, an expert in making food fun, all the way from Happy Girl Kitchen.  Join us for her demonstrations and MORE! 

Cornhole Tournament at the Draft Horse Classic

Saturday, September 23rd on the Dance Pad
Tournament Sign Ups at 12pm, Bags Fly at 1pm. Join the fun in one of 3 categories of play or just come by and enjoy the competition! The Classic welcomes the DFT Cornhole Club as tournament masters for our first Cornhole Competition Tournament at the Draft Horse Classic. Sign Up NOW for the skill level that suits you:

    • Advanced: This level is a ‘Bring Your Own Partner’ – these players can execute sliding the bag and airmailing the bag as needed and fully understand game strategy.
    • Competitive: This level is a ‘Bring Your Own Partner’ – these players fully understand game strategy but may struggle with consistency.
    • Backyard: This level is a compilation of both Intermediate and Novice players and you sign up as an individual.


KVMR Celtic Festival September 30 & October 1st

First founded in 1996, the KVMR Celtic Festival includes eleven performance areas including five musical and six demonstration stages and a weekend-long youth arts instruction that has included Celtic music, magic, dance and songwriting.