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.


Due to the current outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease in California, the breeding and market poultry shows have been cancelled for the 2019 Ventura County Fair, July 31-August 11, 2019. This cancellation is a recommendation from State Veterinarian & Director for Animal Health and Food Safety Services, Annette M. Jones, D.V.M.  The poultry shows will return next year.

Although live birds cannot be on grounds, poultry and turkey showmanship classes will continue as well as additional exhibit opportunities in the small livestock area for the youth to educate the public on poultry.  Complete details will be printed in the Small Livestock Entry Guide which will be available in April.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the 2019 Ventura County Fair.  We look forward to seeing you.

New Quality Assurance Requirements

2019 Small Livestock Silent Auction:
Friday, August 9th – 10:00 am-3:00 pm
All market ready rabbit meat pens will be sold via a silent auction.  To register as a buyer call (805) 648-3376 by July 19, 2019.

ENTRY FORMS and ENTRY FEES DUE:  Dates – July 1, 2019
Adult & Youth
Cavies & 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)

NEW – Market Rabbit Meat Pens and Market Showmanship MUST be entered online by May 30th for the June 1, 2019 Tagging.
Online entries will be open May 1-30, 2019.  All market animal and showmanship classes must be entered and paid for online.  No late entries or payments will be accepted at the June 1st tagging.

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

Youth Market Rabbits – June 1, 2019 – 9 am-11 am, Porker Flats

$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, Rabbits and Pygmy Goats
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 – 4:00 pm-8:00 pm

Youth Market Animals (Rabbits only). Mini Pigs
Monday, August 5, 2019 – 7:30 am-12:00 pm (noon)

All vehicles must be off grounds by 10:00 AM

Cavies, Rabbits and Pygmy Goats
Sunday, August 4, 2019 – 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Market Animal Live Pick-up, Mini Pigs
Sunday, August 11, 2019 – 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

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

Rabbit Hopping & Agility
Thursday, August 1, 2019 – 4:00 pm
Rabbit, Cavy & Pygmy Goat Costume Contests
Sunday, August 4, 2019 – 4:00 pm

Rooster Crowing and Hen Cackling Contests
Sunday, August 4 and Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon)

Mini Pig Trick Contest
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – 5:00 pm

Mini Pig Costume Contest
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 – 2:00 pm


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Click this link for the
2019 Small Livestock Entry Guide
2019 Small Livestock Entry Form
2019 Small Livestock Quality Assurance Forms
Adult’s Code of Conduct
2019 Small Livestock Wristband Order Form.docx
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
Buyers List for Youth


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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