Exhibit Departments

Large Livestock

(lärj lîv’stok’): Large animals raised for food or other products, or kept for use, especially farm animals such as meat and dairy cattle and pigs.

About the Department

The Large Livestock department is one of the busiest departments at the Fair! There’s always action as exhibitors hustle and bustle around the fairgrounds taking care of their animals. You’ll always see someone walking a cow, or blow-drying a sheep, or grooming a pig. That’s normal procedure around here!

The brand new Judge William P. Clark Livestock Center is a beautiful place for you to enjoy the Large Livestock Exhibits.

Did you know that 200 years ago the first fair featured a beautiful specimen of sheep tied to a tree in the town square? Livestock is and always has been the mainstay of the country fair.

4H, Grange, FFA and independent exhibitors have worked hard all year to present this authentic livestock experience.

Click here to view the winners of the 2019 Open & Junior Breeding Shows; 2019 Junior Market Show

Open Senior and Junior Breeding Entries close Monday, July 1, 2019.
Enter online at www.venturacountyfair.org – June 1-July 1, 2019 (or until entries are full).  Online entries close at 10:00 PM on July 1, 2019. 

Online entries will be open May1-30, 2019 until 10:00 pm.  All market animals, showmanship, barrow, bred & fed, and champion of champions must be entered an paid online using ShoWorks.  Drug fees, adult admission and sibling wristbands and parking passes must also ordered and paid for online.  There are two mandatory fees – a vet service fee and an online service fee which must be paid online.  Paperwork due at tagging on June 1st – Exhibitor Code of Practice, Adult Code of Conduct, Summary Form and independent and swine exhibitor photographs.  Market Goats and Lambs are brought on June 1st between 8 am-11 am to be tagged.  Please Note:  no late entries (other than club & chapter groups) or payments will not be accepted.  Independent exhibitors who did not register by the February 1, 2019 will not be permitted to tag an animal.

Direct link to online entries://https://vcf.fairwire.com/

2019 Quality Assurance Training and Verification:
Beginning in 2019 all California Fairs are required to use the Youth for Quality Care of Animals Program located at www.yqca.org.  The course must be completed online (there will be no instructor training) and a copy of the online training certificate must be emailed to the Exhibits Office (kleach@venturacountyfair.org) by July 15, 2019.  The cost is $12 per exhibitor and is valid for 1 year from date on the certificate.  All previous quality assurance training is not valid for the 2019 Ventura County Fair.
YQCA Certificates 7-12-19 PM
YQCA Curriculum Objectives

Independent Exhibitor Applications are no longer being accepted.   If you did not turn in an application you may not participate as an independent exhibitor in the 2019 Ventura County Fair.
Independent Exhibitor Information
Independent Exhibitor Project Management Report rev 12-18
Bill of Sale

Junior Livestock Auction
Friday, August 9, 2019
Order of Sale
9 am – Rabbit Meat Pens, Market Lambs, Market Goats
11 am – Market Steers, Miniature Market Steers
12 pm (Noon) – Champion Drive
2 pm – Market Swine

All times are approximate

 The Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Auction on Friday, August 9, 2019 is one of the biggest events at the Fair with a full day of bidding on the finest market animals in Southern California. Steer, Swine, Lambs, Goats, Turkeys, Rabbits, and Chickens raised by youth from 4H, Grange and FFA, are auctioned to eager buyers from throughout the county raising over $1.6 million. The money that is raised is used to further the youths’ education and careers in Agriculture.

Raising animals is not easy work; it is hard and dirty work requiring many hours of labor from sunup until sundown.


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