Exhibit Departments

Small Livestock

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(smôl līv’stok’): Small animals raised for food or other products, or kept for use, especially farm animals such as rabbits and poultry.

About the Department

On your next trip to the Ventura County Fair, make sure to stop by and visit our barns. We offer not only rabbits, cavies and pygmy goats but also rooster crowing, hen cackling, and costume contests that are not to be missed.

We look forward to seeing you in Small Livestock where there is always something interesting and educational.


The 2020 Ventura County Fair will have a poultry show – however, if there is another outbreak of the virulent Newcastle Disease the show will be cancelled.

New Quality Assurance Requirements

2020 Small Livestock Silent Auction:
Friday, August 14th – 10:00 am-3:00 pm
All market ready meat pens will be sold via a silent auction.  To register as a buyer call (805) 648-3376 by July 17, 2020.

ENTRY FORMS and ENTRY FEES DUE:  Dates – July 3, 2020
Adult & Youth
Cavies, Poultry, Rabbits
Pygmy Goats
Mini Pigs
Club Displays (see entry guide for details)
Rabbit Hopping & Agility
Mini Pig Tricks
Champion of Champions
Costume Contest (cavy, rabbit, mini pigs,  pygmy goats)
Photo Contest

Market Meat Pens and Market Showmanship MUST be entered online by June 5, 2020
Online entries will be open in March (date TBD).  All market animal and showmanship classes must be entered and paid for online.  No late entries or s will be accepted.

Direct link to Online Entries: https://vcf.fairwire.com/

$5.00 per entry per class
$6.00 per entry per class – pygmy goat
$5.00 per meat pen
$5.00 per showmanship (cavy, rabbits, poultry, turkey, market classes)
$5.00 pygmy goat showmanship
$2.50 for Champion of Champions
$10 Club Displays

Cavies, Poultry, Rabbits and Pygmy Goats
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Youth Market Animals. Mini Pigs
Monday, August 10, 2020 – 7:30 am-12:00 pm (noon)

All vehicles must be off grounds by 10:00 AM

Cavies, Poultry, Rabbits and Pygmy Goats
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Market Animal Live Pick-up, Mini Pigs
Sunday, August 16, 2020 – 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Champion of Champions Contest (please see Small Livestock Entry Guide for complete entry details)

Rabbit Hopping & Agility

Rabbit, Cavy & Pygmy Goat Costume Contests
Rooster Crowing and Hen Cackling Contests

Mini Pig Trick Contest
Mini Pig Costume Contest

Photo Contest

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Click this link for the
2020 Small Livestock Entry Guide

Small Livestock Entry Form
2020 Small Livestock Quality Assurance Forms
Adult’s Code of Conduct
Care of Beak, Nails, Spurs
Cleaning and Disinfection
Lice & Mites of Poultry
PHI Posters
Parent-Guardian Agreement 1

Representative Agreement 1
Tips for Contacting Perspective Buyers


Welcome to the Small Livestock Department, this is the place to find all the cute lovable pets that you always wanted but could not have, as well as some very strange looking ones that you would not want to own, but are still fascinating anyway.  We are a department that is open to everyone who resides in the USA.  You may see entries from Idaho right next to an entry from the Santa Rosa Valley, all competing for the same first place ribbon.  If it has fur, feathers or something in between, you can enter it here.  Our staff has a combined 70 years of experience with these types of animals, so we can answer your questions or at least point you in the direction of someone who can.  Entering is easy and fun, what’s even better, we take care of your entry while it is here so you don’t have to and you can enjoy the Fair.  We are looking forward to seeing your entry and you at the 2018Ventura County fair.  Also, don’t forget we have some really great contests for anyone from 5 years to ? (we don’t ask).  See-ya at the Fair!!

The Small Livestock Department is presented by Chevrolet 

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