Exhibit Departments

Uncle Leo’s Barn

(uŋ’kl lē’ōz bärn): A large outbuilding on a farm used to store grain or shelter livestock

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The county fair is a showcase that both educates and entertains. Uncle Leo’s Barn is a place where kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn a bit about agriculture as an important part of Ventura County’s past, present and future.  Connecting kids and agriculture is what Uncle Leo’s Barn is all about; watching the sow and piglets play, milking a very special cow and driving in the Kids’ Tractor Pull make Uncle Leo’s Barn a favorite place for the young and the young-at-heart during the Ventura County Fair.

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Uncle Leo’s Kids’ Tractor Pull – 4:00 pm every day!






In Loving Memory of Uncle Leo & Rita Vanoni
1915-2014 / 1921-2016

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Barn Staff: Leo & Rita Vanoni’s Family

Superintendents – Charles and Laurie Vanoni

Vanoni roots run deep in Ventura County, the family has been living and farming here for over 100 years.

At the 1956 county fair “Uncle Leo” and a group of other 4-H leaders put together a display of barnyard animals in an old tent.  Leo saw the need to continue to provide this connection to agriculture for Ventura County families.  The exhibit is now Uncle Leo’s Barn and is a fair tradition.

This year, the Vanoni Family (Leo and Rita’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren) and friends are busy preparing Uncle Leo’s Barn – Uncle Leo’s legacy for more than 60 years at the Ventura County Fair.

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