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!

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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!

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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!

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Enter an Exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic

For those interested in entering an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic, entry forms are now being accepted. The deadline to turn in exhibit entry forms is 4 pm on Friday, September 13. It’s free to enter and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Thursday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic.  

There are more than 100 different classes to choose from, including traditional classes like fruits and vegetables, cobblers, pies, jams and jellies, scarecrows, and cut flowers. There are also numerous unique classes to enter like the Huge Harvest Haul, Nevada County Grown (arrange any size basket of agricultural products grown in Nevada County), or Nevada County Donates (arrange canned or dried food in a basket and it will be donated to a local food bank). A complete description of all Harvest Fair divisions and classes is available in the Harvest Fair Competition Handbook available online here.

To enter, exhibitors must submit entry forms at the Fair office or online here between now and Friday, September 13 at 4 pm. It’s free, it’s simple to complete the entry form, and it’s fun to see your exhibits on display at the Harvest Fair.

All exhibits will be on display during the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The event features six draft horse performances in the arena, as well as ongoing activities on the Fairgrounds like musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, a horseshoeing competition, a Western Trade Show and visits to the barns.

For Draft Horse Classic performance tickets or information about entering a Harvest Fair exhibit, call the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visit here.

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33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic!

There’s so much to do at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! Aside from watching one of the spectacular draft horse performances in the arena, you can take a guided barn tour, listen to one of our many live music acts, visit the buildings to see all the cool exhibits and artwork, witness a live shoeing competition, visit all the vendors and more! Happening September 19-22!

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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.

 

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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.l1568588719iamg@1568588719sesro1568588719hezno1568588719rb1568588719. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2019.

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Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Call for Artists! Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, an equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, this art show features works of art by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show. If you are interested, applications are available here. Photo by Sharon O’Brien Lykins.

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Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Call for Artists! 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, this art show features 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. If you are interested, applications are available here. Artwork by Elizabeth Hendrix.

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