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Whooooaaaaa! Draft horses a’comin!

The 16th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair expands to an extra night at the Nevada County Fairgrounds this year.

The extra performance is on Sept. 19’s opening night. Performances run through Sept. 22 and feature mighty horses that helped build America’s farming heritage.

The Sept. 19 and 20 performances start at 6:30 p.m. Performances on Sept. 21 are at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Shows on Sept. 22 are at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

General seating tickets are $12 and reserved seats are $15.

The fairgrounds’ address is 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Call 273-6217 for more information.

In addition, the Grass Valley Downtown Association and the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce will bring “The Taste of the Gold Country” to the fairgrounds from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 21.

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

The price includes entry to both the fairgrounds and the tasting event, a commemorative wine glass, five tasting tickets and an event program including restaurant and winery profiles.

Call 272-8315 with questions or to order tickets by phone.

Jean Varda, Emile Janicot and Joshua McKinny will perform at the next Nevada County Poetry Series reading Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.

Open mikes will be before and after the guests read.

Admission is $7 general and $5 for seniors and students. Call 432-8196 or 274-8384 with any questions. The center is at 314 W. Main St.

Another “Heart Openings” benefit sponsored by Michael Stone will be Sept. 20 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes because they will dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $10. All proceeds go to the center’s building and repair renovations.

St. Joseph’s is at 410 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

Call 265-9119 for more information.

A Cajun-Creole Festival will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center, and will benefit the center.

Creole Belles and Mark St. Mary & His Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band will provide the music. No-host refreshments will be sold by Ike’s Quarter Cafe.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $8 for seniors and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Odyssey Books, Harmony Books and Miners Foundry, or by calling 265-5040 to charge by credit card.

The Foundry is at 325 Spring St., Nevada City.

– Carol Feineman

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