Lumberjack Shows, Clogging Jamboree, Western Music Fest, Art at the Classic are all part of Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair
Visitors to this weekend’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair will get the chance to see world class wood-chopping lumberjacks, axe throwers, wielders of mighty chain saws, and the opportunity to see competitor Melvin Lentz, 2010’s Top American All-Around Logger.
Lentz was recently awarded Top American All-Around Logger at the Still Timber Sport Series featured on ESPN, and has been awarded world champion more than 10 times. Visiting from West Virginia, Lentz has been competing for more than 40 years and currently competes all over the world.
In addition to Lentz, this year’s loggers include Mike Forrester, TJ Bexton, Tom Martin, Dennis Cahoon, Annette Cahoon, Julie Reyes, Jenny Owen, and Dennis Harvey. All are world champions from across the United States. Watch these world champions as they chop through a 13-inch thick log in 20 to 25 seconds, while standing on the log; rip through a 15-inch log in six seconds in the double hand bucking contests that feature two loggers using a crosscut saw; or compete in the Jack and Jill hand bucking event that features a man and woman team. World champion log rollers, Julie Reyes and Jenny Owen, will be competing in log rolling – on dry land.
The 24th Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair starts today and runs through Sunday, September 26 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. While there is a charge for Draft Horse performance tickets, admission to the Fairgrounds is free for the Harvest Fair activities. Lumberjack shows will start at 2:30 and 5 pm on Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sunday on The Green, just as you enter the Fairgrounds at Gate 1.
Live entertainment at the Pine Tree Stage, a world class art show, Treat Street goodies, vendors with western wear and items, a clogging jamboree, a live shoeing competition, community exhibits, and visits to the barns to see the magnificent Gentle Giant Draft Horses are all part of the Harvest Fair line-up.
In addition to the Harvest Fair activities, the Draft Horse Classic features six stunning performances of Draft Horses in the arena. Tickets to the performances are on sale during the event, and may be purchased by calling the Fair office at 530-273-6217 or stopping by the Arena box office. Visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com for additional information.
By: Wendy Oaks
Publicist, Nevada County Fairgrounds