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 2018 Large Livestock Winners

AUCTION CHECKS WILL BE AVIALABLE FOR YOUTH MARKET EXHIBITORS BEGINNING FRIDAY, SPETEMBER 21, 2018 AFTER 3:00 PM IN THE FAIR ADMINISTRATION OFFICE.  After Friday, checks may be picked up during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm – closed between 12 pm-1 pm).  Checks will not be released until thank you cards have been turned in.


2019 Ear Tagging Dates:
* Market Steer – TBD
* Market Goat, Lamb & Swine – TBD
* Market Meat Pens – TBD

2018 Quality Assurance/Ethics Training:
There are no more Quality Assurance Classes for the 2018 Ventura County Fair.  You can still qualify for the 2018 Ventura County Fair by taking the online quality assurance course through YQCA – Youth for Quality Care of Animals at http://yqca.org.  The cost is $12 per exhibitor and is valid for 1 year.  A copy of the certificate of completion must be emailed to kleach@venturacountyfair.org by July 31, 2018.  Please check the 2018 Master Quality Assurance List to make sure you are qualified for the 2018 Ventura County Fair.

Junior Livestock Auction
Friday, August 10, 2018

Order of Sale – TBD

 The Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Auction on Friday, August 10, 2018 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.

Cowabunga Classic – Jackpot Show
August 18-19, 2018