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Academic Rodeo

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(akəˈdemik rōdē-ō): An academic team competition for children belonging to Ventura County schools and organized youth groups.

So, what is it all about?  I am glad you asked.  The Academic Rodeo is an academic team competition for children currently in or having completed the 4th or 5th grade for the Academic Ponies, or 6th, 7th and 8th grade for the Academic Stallions.  The competition which runs during the Ventura County Fair includes timed quizzes, toss up questions, vocabulary definitions and for the Academic Stallions a spelling bee.  Prizes are given for first, second, third and fourth place. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Competition is open to all schools and organized youth groups located in Ventura County.

In addition to ribbons, medal and plaques, the following cash awards will be presented:

              Academic Ponies, 4th & 5th Grades                             Academic Stallions, 6th, 7th & 8th Grades
School/Youth Group                    Team Member                              School/Youth Group                       Team Member
First Place            $800                           $50                                      First Place           $1500                                $100
Second Place       $600                            $40                                     Second Place       $1000                                  $75
Third Place           $400                           $30                                     Third Place          $750                                     $50
Fourth Place        $200                            $20                                     Fourth Place       $500                                     $25

If you would like to be added to our mailing list, send an email to academicrodeo@venturacountyfair.org with your mailing address.  We would love to have you compete with us.

Academic Rodeo Entry Form will be available in June.

WHO CAN ENTER The Academic Rodeo is an academic team competition for children currently in or having completed the 4th and 5th or 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Competition is open to all public, private, parochial and home schools as well as organized youth groups such as but not limited to 4-H, Grange or Boy/Girl Scouts in Ventura County and its surrounding areas.

ENTRY DEADLINEFriday, June 28, 2019.  Competition will be limited to the first nine (9) entries received in each class. Entries received later will be placed on a waiting list in the event of a team dropping out.

ACADEMIC RODEO EVENT DATES The Academic Rodeo will be held during the first weekend of the Ventura County Fair.

Competition begins at 11:30 AM