“Rooted in Tradition,” it’s time for the 2017 Fair!

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The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II.
The 142nd Ventura County Fair, “Rooted in Tradition” returns August 2-13.  We look forward to making lasting memories with you, your friends and your family.

Illustration by Anna Sorensen, Simi Valley, age 13


“Rooted in Tradition”

Whether you visited for a day or two, or purchased a WOW Pass and came for all twelve days you’ll have to agree, there was something for everyone at this year’s Fair! From carnival rides and corn dogs, to farm animals and exhibits to entertainment and good old family fun, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” had  something exciting for everyone!

Like every year, there are so many great things to do at the Fair you don’t know where to start! Maybe you entered a contest, visited the farm animals, watched a free concert, went on the rides, ate lots of yummy food or did one of the hundreds of other down home fair activities. Did you spin, flip or fly on the great rides in the carnival midway? Sample the gourmet food and wine (or beer) pairings at the “Bounty of the County: People’s Choice” contests? Did you snack on fair favorites like mini donuts, corn dogs or funnel cake?  Did you wander through the inspirational gardens of the Floriculture department and check out all of the exhibits and displays throughout the fair? Did you enter one of the cooking contests, or a pie eating contest, what could be more down home than that? Hope you enjoyed the FREE concerts and rodeos  in the Grandstand Entertainment series. And of course the greatest summertime tradition: Ventura County’s own fireworks over the ocean wa a treat nobody wanted to miss, maybe you saw it from the top of the Ferris wheel?

Whatever you chose to do at the Fair, we hope you had the time of your life and made some indelible memories that you will share for years to come.

Grandstand Concerts
Every year the Grandstand Arena Concert series at the Fair features something for everyone: Country, Hispanic, Rock, R&B and more. We hope the 10 exciting concerts kept you and your friends moving and grooving. Ventura County Fair Grandstand Arena Concerts are FREE with paid fair admission!

Ventura County Fair Parade

Saturday, August 5 at 10 AM in downtown Ventura.

There’s nothing like Saturday mornings in the good old summertime. Spending time enjoying the beginning of the weekend with the family can’t be beat. On the morning of Saturday, August 5, our neighbors and friends visited Downtown Ventura to enjoy the colorful fun of the Annual Ventura County Fair Parade. With High School Marching Bands, Classic Cars, Horses, Clowns, Politicians, School Groups, Dancers and more the parade is a summertime tradition.  We hope the memories of the music, colors, smiles and old fashioned down home fun at the parade will live in your heart forever.

Visit the farm animals in the Livestock Center
The Ventura County Fair Livestock area houses all of the 4H Grange and FFA projects. The Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center adds a modern country look to the Fairgrounds and offers exhibitors the facilities they will need to present their animals in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. This is a great opportunity for you to bring your family to see the farm animals, ask the volunteers and exhibitors questions about livestock and agriculture, and the impact it has on our lives.

Amazing Exhibits!
As every year we were inspired and impressed by thousands of great exhibits that were on display in Agriculture, Amateur Art, Floriculture, Gems & Minerals, Hobbies & Collections, Home Arts, Horse Shows, Large Livestock, Photography, Professional Art, Small Livestock, Uncle Leo’s Barn and Youth Expo. It’s so much fun to see what your neighbors and friends have entered in the Fair, or enter your own creations!


The Ventura County Fair congratulates Micah Salazar, 2016 Grand Champion Swine winner.




The Fair wants to connect with you!

“Like” us on Facebook, “Follow” us on Twitter and follow our boards on Pinterest! Now you can share your Fair photos on Instagram and Snapchat and follow our Fair time scopes on Periscope. Through social media, fun fair entertainment, concerts and information will be shared. Or share with us- we’d love to see your fair photos and read stories about your experience at the fair. Connect with the Ventura County Fair today!


Mutton Bustin at the 2017 Ventura County Fair

Click here to download your application!


Thank you to all of the talented young artists who participated in the 2017 Ventura County Fair Poster Contest. All of the artwork is commendable and a unique gift to the community.  To see all of the entries please visit the Youth Expo at the Fair.

For more information call (805) 648-3376.

Click here to view the winners of the 2017 Poster Contest.


 Fair Shuttles and other Transportation 

Click here for Free Fair Shuttles and other Fair transportation.


Read & Ride Program

Reading is FUN-damental! The Ventura County Fair invites students to earn free carnival rides through our reading program, “Read & Ride” for local kindergarten through 8th grade students. Students are encouraged to read books to earn carnival ride passes for the 2017 Fair.

Click here to download the 2017 Read and Ride Information Package

Read a good book every day!


Restricted Items

To avoid inconvenience at the gate please check your pockets or bag for restricted items before leaving your car. Thank you!

Click here for a list of items that are restricted from being brought into the Fair.


Please note:
Smoking at the Fair is permitted in designated areas only.

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 Thanks to the Sponsors of the Ventura County Fair

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Founder’s Square is Sold Out but your name, your company’s name, or the name of a loved one can be a part of the Heritage Square at the Ventura County Fair forever.

Beautifully engraved paving bricks are available for sale now. Click here or call 648-3376 for information and to order yours today!