This is a confusing time with the overload of information on COVID-19 and directives being issued from the Governor’s office regarding events, we wanted to let you know at the present time there are no plans to cancel or reschedule the 2020 Ventura County Fair, August 5-16, 2020.

We know many of you are trying to decide whether or not to purchase an animal for the Fair -that is a decision that must be made between you and your child.

Online entries will open on Friday, March 20th for all market animals. Entries close on Friday, April 10th for market steers/heifers and on Friday, June 5th for market goats/ lambs/ swine/ meat pens.

Beef DNA Kits are due Friday, April 10th by 5pm and Goat/Lamb/Swine DNA Kits will be available beginning April 20th.

It is difficult to give definitive answers at this time but we will do our best to answer questions. With an email question we can reply to everyone who may need the same answer.

Stay well and healthy.

Best Regards,
Barbara Quaid                                Kim Leach
CEO                                                Exhibit Supervisor

This is the page you are looking for when you want to enter something in the Fair.  Entry Guides will be available soon. 

1. The Entry Guide is divided by area of interest.
Both senior (adult) and junior (youth/child) competition categories, including 4-H and FFA projects, are listed under each area of interest.

2. All department links are listed below.
Click on the Department you are interested in to download entry details, deadlines, fees, judging schedules and specific rules for your areas of interest . Also, be sure to check the State and Local rules. The downloadable information is provided in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it via this link.

3. Online Entry begins Sunday, June 7, 2020 and close on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm.   Online entries open March 20, 2020 for Market Animals – Steer/Heifer deadline is April 10, 2020 and Goat/Lamb/Swine deadline is June 5, 2020. 
Click on the Blue Rectangle below to enter online.   Please check individual exhibit departments for entry deadlines.

4. Please have your entry forms filled out when you bring your entries to the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
Links to entry forms are also available below.

5. If you have any questions, please call the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 805-648-3376
The following information is provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF format for downloading and printing.

Large and Small Livestock Market Project Quality Assurance Training and Verification:

All California Fairs are required to participate in the Youth for Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training program.  This course must be completed online at  There is no instructor training available.  The cost is $12 person and must be completed by online entry deadlines – certificate number is required to enter.  The YQCA training is valid for one year from the date of certification.   Previous quality assurance training is no longer valid to participate in the Ventura County Fair.


Ventura County Fair will be proceeding with the poultry show for the 2020 Ventura County Fair, however if there are more outbreaks of the virulent Newcastle Disease the Poultry Show will be cancelled.

2020 Open  Youth Horse Show – Independents, Grange & 4-H

Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2020

2020 Open Horse Shows

Draft & Carriage Horse Show – Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8 & Sunday, August 9, 2020
GLAPHC All Breed English & Western Horse Show – To be Announced
Ranch Riding Day at the Fair/Cattle Sorting Day – To be Announced
Tri County Team Ropers & Youth Event – Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2020

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Fair Entry Information

The Ventura County Fair is here for you to share your greatest accomplishments with all of our community. Thanks to everyone who enters this year, you are the heart of Ventura County and it just wouldn’t be a fair without you!


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