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Draft horses trot into town again

Eileen JoyceLarry Roberts holds King and Karl, two of his six-horse hitch team of Percherons, after taking them for a walk around the fairgrounds Tuesday. The Roberts run Diamond R Percherons in Phelan.
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Draft horses played a strong role in American farm history. Their achievements will be celebrated tonight through Sunday at the 16th annual Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Saturday’s night draft horse performances sold out by mid-August. But seats are still available for the five other performances.

Each arena performance is different, said Sandy Woods, the fair’s deputy manager.

Tonight’s performances at 6:30 p.m. are driving competitions interspersed with specialty acts. such as Clay Maier’s Fabulous Friesians and freestyle-reining Appaloosas. Also at 6:30 p.m., Friday’s performance features additional driving competitions and specialty acts.

Saturday’s performances include gambler’s choice, junior classes and a four-up driving competition at 10 a.m., and the Americana class at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday’s 10 a.m. performance focuses on the lightweight and heavyweight competitions to determine which team can pull the most weight, and the antique farm implement class. The last performance at 3 p.m. includes the six-up on the rail and the ultimate hitch award.

Admission is $8 tonight. All other arena performances are $15 for reserved seating and $12 for general seating. If tickets are purchased in advance, the Harvest Fair admission is waived.

The fair includes live ongoing bluegrass, Western and old-time music, lumberjack shows, a juried equestrian Art at the Classic show, craft vendors, food vendors and the Tommyknocker Cloggers’ jamboree on Saturday and Sunday

The Harvest Fair only is $3. Parking is $3 per car. Gates open at 5 p.m. today, noon on Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The fair closes after the last show each day.

The fairgrounds is also the site of the ninth annual “Taste of the Gold Country” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, proceeds will be split between the two nonprofit organizations.

The event features regional wines and food sampling from area restaurants including the Holbrooke Hotel, Friar Tuck’s, Citronee, Ike’s Quarter Cafe, Asia, Wood’s Garden, Tofanelli’s, The Owl, Main St. Cafe and Bar, and Villa Venezia. Cool Heat will provide jazz music.

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are at the Tack Room, the Nevada City or Grass Valley-Nevada County chambers of commerce, Odyssey Books and The Book Seller.

The price includes entry to both the fairgrounds and the tasting event, a commemorative wine glass and five tasting tickets.

Call 272-8315 for information or to order tickets about the tasting event. Call 273-6217 for questions about the Draft Horse Classic.

The fairgrounds is at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

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