That was FUN!
Ventura County Fair, August 1-12, 2018

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The 143rd Ventura County Fair with the annual 12 days of fun, excitement, education and entertainment has come to a close. It’s a Country Fair with Ocean Air, and we hope you made lasting memories with your friends and your family.

The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair has been enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II. The 2018 Fair brought a mix of the traditional Fair elements and some of the latest offerings, all for you and you family to enjoy.

The 2018 Poster Contest 1st prize was won by Carys Garvey (15) of Ventura for her beautiful depiction of this year’s theme “A Country Fair with Ocean Air!



“A Country Fair with Ocean Air”

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 the Fair! From carnival rides and corn dogs, to farm animals and exhibits to entertainment and good old family fun, The Ventura County Fair, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air,” had  something exciting for everyone!

Like every year, there were so many great things to do at the Fair you probably didn’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” contest? Snack on fair favorites like mini donuts, turkey legs or funnel cake?  Wander through the inspirational gardens of the Floriculture department and check out all of the exhibits and displays throughout the fair? Enter one of the cooking contests, what could be more down home than that?

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 were FREE with paid fair admission!

Visit the farm animals in the Livestock Center
The Ventura County Fair Livestock area houses all of the 4H Grange and FFA projects. The 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 are inspired and impressed by thousands of great exhibits that are 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!



WE CAN STAND UP FOR YOU 
BECAUSE YOU STAND BY US

Personalized bricks tell your story as a part of the Fairgrounds legacy, Your purchase will help us prepare for times to come.
Create permanent remembrances, tributes or celebrations for all to see.

In preparation for the future, both good times and emergencies, the #Fairgrounds Strong Brick Campaign is designed to raise funds which will keep the Fairgrounds maintained and ready to serve you while you are here for recreation and to immediately serve in the event of an emergency. During the Thomas Fire more than 8,500 First Responders, Red Cross, and VC Animal Services were supported in their efforts by the quick and attentive Fairgrounds staff. The Ventura County Fairgrounds receives no tax dollars or other State funding. It is because of the funds raised by the Fair, the Derby Club and the events throughout the year that the Fairgrounds is able to provide you with the prompt emergency services that are necessary during wildfires, floods, mudslides, extreme heat and other natural disasters.

We are grateful to the residents of Ventura County for generous patronage at the Fair and throughout the year. (Swap Meets, Dog Shows, Car Shows etc.) and the Derby Club (Horse Racing Live via Satellite)

Every corn dog and every carnival ride enjoyed at the Fair is another monetary contribution to Ventura County Fairgrounds. Because of your continued support we are able to provide necessary services in good times and in times of need. 

The #FairgroundsStrong Brick Campaign is designed to raise funds to keep the Fairgrounds maintained and ready to serve immediately in the event of an emergency. Please order a tax deductable brick today. Please purchase your tax-deductible personalized brick today and help keep the Fairgrounds viable and reliable. Funds raised from the sale of bricks will help us during times of emergency to serve and maintain the high standards of accommodation our community deserves.

Beautifully engraved paving bricks are available for sale now!
Click here or call (805) 648-3376 for information and to order yours today!


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 Fair Shuttles and other Transportation 

Click here for Free Fair Shuttles and other Fair transportation.



Mutton Bustin’ at the Fair

Mutton Bustin’ took place in the Grandstand arena before the rodeos on Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12 at 2 and 7 PM. Thanks for coming out to root for the little riders.


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 2018 Fair.

Click here to Download the 2018 Ventura County Fair Read and Ride Program

Read a good book every day!


Click here to view the winners of the 2018 Poster Contest.


 Thanks to the Sponsors of the Ventura County Fair

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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.