30th Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair set for return to Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

30th Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair set for return to Grass Valley

Draft horses compete with elegance and power while pulling carriages, working farm equipment, working side-by-side on a hitch, and completing intricate maneuvers at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair. The annual event returns for a 30th time Sept. 22-25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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The 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, Sept. 22-25, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, will feature six performances by draft horses in an event that 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, featuring western music, community exhibits, a clogging demonstration, and a horse-shoeing competition. Art at the Classic in the Main Street Center offers artists’ booths filled with paintings, sculpture, photographs and jewelry — along with 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.

Draft horse will be featured in the following performances: Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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 Sept. 21 will be charged an additional $3 per ticket.

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