Exhibit Departments

Large Livestock

Please Note:

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 that 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 5 pm 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 that may need the same answer.

Stay well and healthy.

Best regards,
Barbara Quaid                                Kim Leach
CEO                                                  Exhibit Supervisor

April 7, 2020

To all of our valued Ventura County Fair Youth Livestock Exhibitors:

Over this past weekend we received notification of a change in participation from the Wood Claeyssens Foundation for the Central Coast 2020 Fair Season. Due to the financial burden placed on the Foundation by the COVID-19 pandemic and the falling interest rates in the oil industry, the Wood Claeyssens Foundation has made the difficult decision not to participate in any County Fair Junior Livestock Auction in 2020.

Our hope is that by bringing this to your attention early you will not be left scrambling to find a buyer for your animal. Ventura County has a large livestock community that comes together to support youth agriculture.

We hope that this information will not discourage you but instead encourage you to work hard to get your local community involved.

The VC Fair is working hard to ensure that the VC Fair and the Junior Livestock Auction continue as scheduled. With the assistance of the California Network of Fairs we are actively looking at alternatives in the event of any cancellations.

Working together as a team we will provide the best experience possible for the youth in this time of uncertainty.

Be safe.

Barbara Quaid             Kim Leach
CEO                                    Exhibits Coordinator

(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 6, 2020.
Enter online at www.venturacountyfair.org – June 7-July 6, 2020 (or until entries are full).  Online entries close at 11:59 PM on July 6, 2020. 

All market animals and meat pens must be entered online. for 2020.
Online entries will open in March 20, 2020
Online entries close April 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM for Market Steers, Miniature Market Steers & Market Heifers.
Online entries close June 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM for Market Goats, Market Lambs & Market Swine.
Stay tuned for more information.
Independent exhibitors who did not register by the February 1, 2020 will not be permitted to enter.
NEW for 2020 – DNA Samples will be required for all market beef, goats, lambs and swine.   There will be no tagging of animals onsite.  DNA Kits are purchased at the Fair Administration Office Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM beginning March 2-April 10 for market beef and April 20-June 5, 2020 for market goat, lamb and swine.   Cost is $5.00 per kit per animal.
See DNA Information Sheet for deadlines and paperwork due dates.
DNA Information Sheet 2020
DNA Instructions 2020
Livestock Sample Collection

2020 Foundation Animal


2020 Quality Assurance Training and Verification:
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).  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 2020 Ventura County Fair.  A copy of the certificate must be emailed to: kleach@venturacountyfair.org by July 1, 2020.

Residue Avoidance-Quality Assurance Program
Exhibitor Code of Practice
Summary Form
Adult’s Code of Conduct
INDEPENDENT EXHIBITOR INFORMATION:  Deadline to Register as an Independent is February 1, 2020
2020 Independent Exhibitor Application
2020 Independent Exhibitor Information
2020 Independent Exhibitor Project Management Report rev 12-18
Bill of Sale

Junior Livestock Auction
Friday, August 14, 2020

 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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