Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Join the beautiful draft horses for the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 22 – 25, 2016 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  Featuring six performances by the beautiful draft horses, this event has grown to become the premiere draft horse show in the western United States.

The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs 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.

In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts like Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire, and Roman riding.  There’s also the California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, and the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair.  There’s western music, community exhibits, a clogging demonstration, and a horse shoeing competition.  Visit Art at the Classic in the Main Street Center, where you’ll find artists’ booths filled with paintings, sculpture, photographs and jewelry. Or, shop along the walking paths for your favorite crafts, horse products, pottery, apparel and more. When you’re hungry and need a rest, pick your favorite treat, then wander over to the Pine Tree Stage and enjoy the musical entertainment.  Of course, don’t forget a visit to the barns to meet the Draft Horses.

There are six performances featuring the beautiful Draft Horses – Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm – and there are a variety of ticket prices available.  Ticket prices are $19 for reserved seating or $16 for general admission at the evening and late afternoon performances; $15 for reserved seating or $12 at the morning performances; and $13 for reserved seating or $10 for children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visiting the Fairgrounds’ website at NevadaCountyFair.com. Tickets purchased after September 21 will be charged an additional $3 per ticket.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 22 – 25, at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.  For more information, visit here.





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Harvest Fair Displays and a 200 Pound Pumpkin

While visiting the Draft Horse Classic this week, don’t forget to check out all the Harvest Fair entries – including a 200+ pound pumpkin! We have to say it again – what a talented community!  The gates open at noon today.
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San Francisco Chronicle: Travel Nevada County (and a shout out to the Classic)

Thank you to the San Francisco Chronicle for the feature on Nevada County, and for the shout out to the Draft Horse Classic (page 2). We sure love Nevada County – and are happy to see it receive some much-deserved love and recognition! Check it out here.


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Harvest Fair Entry Paperwork Deadline Expanded

Good news! If you didn’t get your paperwork turned in to enter an exhibit in the Harvest Fair – you have until Sunday until midnight to enter online. All those who enter will receive free tickets to Friday’s performance at the Classic. Visit here for details!


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Enter An Exhibit in the Harvest Fair! Deadline is Friday!

Don’t forget to turn in your paperwork to enter an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic? You have until Friday to turn in the entry forms at the Fair Office or online. All those who enter receive free tickets to the Draft Horse Classic on Friday night.


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