Horses galore and more |

Horses galore and more

The famous Budweiser Clydesdales – six amazing performances put on by the “Gentle Giants” of the equine world and stunning draft horses from all over the western U.S. form the essence of the upcoming weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Handsome, sleek, strong, compliant – these huge horses of varying color and size thrill one to the marrow. Whether they are standing in their stalls, patiently being harnessed up or performing crowd-pleasing maneuvers in pairs, three, and four abreast or skidding logs in the arena, they are a treat to watch.

This Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair is a world-class show of pageantry and entertainment that “is attracting more and more spectators and top-flight exhibitors,” said Ed Scofield, Nevada County Fairgrounds CEO. Draft horse owners and their teams of Clydesdales, Belgians, Percherons, Shires, Suffolks, and American Cream breeds will compete for $37,000 in prize money.

The Budweiser Clydesdales and their special big rigs are an awesome sight not to be missed. Anheuser-Busch Brewing Co. has used this breed to advertise beer for 70 years.

Companion events at the Draft Horse Classic include the Western Trade Show (cowboy clothes and accessories), Art at the Classic (horse and western art), Youth Art at the Classic (apple face dolls and Halloween masks, for example) and the Harvest Fair (local produce, crafts and competitions, such as “The Great Scarecrow”).

Opening night of the Classic, which runs through Sunday, is tonight, with a show starting at 6:30. Reserve seating advance tickets are $18 a person ($21 day of the event). General admission seats are first come, first seated, and are $15 in advance ($18 day of the event.) RV camping is available. Call (530) 273-6217 to order tickets; ticket forms are available online at The fairgrounds are on McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Hours the fairgrounds will be open on Thursday and Friday are noon to around 11 p.m.; on Saturday, 8 a.m. to around 11 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to around 8 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, “A Taste of the Gold Country” will spotlight specialties from local restaurants and area wineries. See more about this on page 11.

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