Annual Draft Horse Classic on tap for this weekend |

Annual Draft Horse Classic on tap for this weekend

The 24th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds will once again feature the Draft Horse performances that have been drawing crowds for more than 23 years.

Six performances are planned throughout the event, where owners and their teams will compete for nearly $40,000 in prize money. In addition to the Draft Horse performances, the Fairgrounds are alive with music, Art at the Classic, lumberjack demonstrations, the Western Trade Show, horse shoeing competitions and a clogging jamboree. Between performances, pick up your favorite goodie on Treat Street, then wander over to the Pine Tree Stage and enjoy the live entertainment. Or, go “backstage” and meet the horses up-close. Although there is a fee for the Draft Horse performances, admission to the Fairgrounds and Harvest Fair activities are free, so stop by anytime during the four-day event.

Take time on Saturday to enjoy fine food and drink at “A Taste of the Gold,” which features some of the Gold Country’s finest restaurants, confectioners and wineries. Although Fairgrounds admission is free, tickets for this event must be purchased. Tickets include five food tastings, unlimited wine tasting and a commemorative wine glass. To purchase tickets online, visit For information or to purchase hard copy tickets, call the Grass Valley Downtown Association at (530) 272-8315 or visit

The Draft Horse Classic has grown to become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States and features Clydesdales, Belgians, Percherons, Shires, Suffolks and American Cream breeds performing for enthusiastic audiences.

RV camping is available.

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