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August 26, 2013
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Draft Horse Classic, Harvest Fair roll back to Grass Valley

Join powerful and beautiful draft horses for the 27th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair Sept. 19-22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Featuring six performances by the draft horses, this event is the premier 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.

Tickets are on sale now. This year, the price of adult admission tickets has been lowered for evening performances, while discounted pricing on morning performances and children’s tickets are also available.

In between classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts. This year, Tommie Turvey — a world-renowned equine entertainer, stuntman and one of the best movie horse trainers of today — will be featured at each performance. Turvey’s horses have been featured in many movies, including “Batman: The Dark Knight.” He also did the training and filming of the Budweiser Clydesdales horses for the 2013 Super Bowl commercial.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the classic is the Harvest Fair, which features musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, Treat Street goodies, Art at the Classic, horse-shoeing demonstrations, a chance to visit with the horses and hundreds of community exhibits.

On Saturday, spend time at the Bounty of the County. Sponsored by Nevada County Grown, Bounty of the County takes place from 1-4 p.m. and is a pairing of local chefs and barbecue experts with the produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. Information is available at

On Sunday of the classic, it’s the third annual Classic BBQ Cook-Off 1:30-4 p.m., where you can watch barbecue experts show off their cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats. Tasting tickets will be available at the event.

Purchase tickets by calling the fairgrounds office at 530-273-6217 or visiting the fairgrounds website at

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