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Fairtime Contests & Special Events

Sonoma County Fair

This is your chance to take center stage! You can blow a giant bubblegum bubble, demonstrate your loudest scream, make a milk moustache and show the world how much you and your mother look alike. There are contests every day of the Fair. All contests are free to participants with Fair admission, and everyone who enters gets a ribbon. Any fairgoer old enough to stand on stage is welcome in most contests.

2019 Contests & Games

Animal Imitation Contest

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 5 at 5:30pm Where? Barnyard Stage

Contestants may choose to imitate the animal of their choice. Imitations should be primarily sound (no leaping around the stage). Contestants will be divided into categories at the start of the contest. The size and type of categories will depend upon the number of entries and the number of different types of imitations. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest start time.

Bubblegum Bubble Blowing

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 2 at 1:45 p.m. (BY) • August 4 at 2:15 p.m. (FF) • August 5 at 7 p.m. (FF) August 7 at 2:15 p.m. (FF) • August 8 at 5:30 p.m. (BY) • August 10 at 1:30 p.m. (BY)
Where? Barnyard Stage & Family Fun Stage

The Fair will provide each contestant with one piece of bubblegum. Contestants must use gum supplied by the Fair. All contestants will begin chewing their gum at approximately the same time. Contestants will compete in heats, with each contestant blowing no more than three bubbles. Winners from each heat will come back at the end of the contest to blow three more bubbles in the finals. Contestants will use the same piece of gum for the entire competition. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage on the day of the contest, no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Butter Sculpture Sponsored by Clover Sonoma

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 4 at 7 p.m.
Where? Finley Hall

The Fair (and Clover-Sonoma Farms!) will provide each contestant with a plastic knife and a one-pound block of butter. Contestants will have no more than 10 minutes to create a work of art. Contestants must only use the tools and supplies provided by the Fair. This is not a team event – each contestant much create their entry independently. There is a limit of 45 contestants for this event. Sign up in Finley Hall beginning at 6:45 p.m

Covered Wagon Races

Who Can Enter? Open to young fairgoers
When? August 5 – 2:30 p.m.
Where? Kids Area

Each contestant will be issued a mini covered wagon. Contestants load their wagon and race!. To enter, come to the Kids Area and sign up before the contest.

Diaper Derby 'Baby Race' Sponsored by Green Toys

Who Can Enter? Babies under 12 months of age as of 8/4/19
When? August 4 at 4 p.m.
Where? Kids Area

This is a contest for the very youngest fairgoers. The object is to cross the finish line by crawling faster than the other contestants. Those on the sidelines will not be allowed to assist contestants, except to cheer them on! Parents may use a bottle or toy to coax the child to crawl to them but may not step between the starting line and the finish line during the Derby. Contestants who stand up or walk during the Derby will be disqualified in the nicest possible way. All contestants will receive a ribbon & a hat. The big winner will receive a large rosette and a special set of toys from the people at Green Toys. To sign up, register at the Kids Area 15 minutes before the contest.

Easy Bake Oven Bake-Off

Who Can Enter? Babies under 12 months of age as of 8/4/19
When? August 4 at 12-3 p.m.
Where? Finley Hall

This is not a contest, just a chance to have fun! Each team of two or more will bake a treat in an authentic Easy-Bake Oven. You will be given a recipe and all the ingredients so all you have to do is follow the recipe. All materials and equipment will be provided. You will not be using a mix, so come prepared to bake from scratch. Teams may consist of adults and/or children, but if one member of the team is between 5 & 8 years old, at least one other team member must be 12 or older. Adult teams are more than welcome. Only twelve teams can bake in at a time (we only have 12 ovens), so report in early to reserve a spot. You’ll be told when you can return to start baking. To take part in this contest, check in at Finley Hall to sign up on August 4 between 12 & 3 p.m.

Egg Hunt

Who Can Enter? Kids, ages 10 & under
When? August 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Where? Kids Area

This is just like an Easter Egg Hunt, but we’re going to hold it in the middle of the summer. No baskets needed, since no one is going to get that many eggs. (We’re expecting lots of hunters!) There is no lower age limit for this contest, but remember that no one older than 10 years old will be allowed out on the egg hunting field. (That means no parents along to help out.) The Special Events Crew will be happy to help younger participants, to make sure everyone gets some eggs. Sign up at least 10 minutes before the hunt begins.

Family Look-Alike Contest

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 3 at 2 p.m. (Family Fun) • August 11 at 4 p.m. (Barnyard Stage)
Where? Barnyard Stage & Family Fun Stage

Our judges (the audience) will be looking for contestants who look the most alike. Contestants may enter in one or more of the following categories: father/son, mother/daughter, cousins, brother/brother, sister/sister or sister/brother. Contestants are encouraged to dress alike if they think it will help their chances. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Free Throw Contest

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 2 at 6 p.m. • August 7 at 7 p.m. • August 10 at 4 p.m.
Where? South of Hall of Flowers, by Family Fun Stage

Each contestant will be given the opportunity to attempt 5 basketball free throws. The top scorers will go into a final round. The first 20 contestants signed up will be in the contest. To enter, be there no later than 15 minutes before the start of the contest to register. Age divisions may be established, depending on who enters the contest. Meet and sign up just north of Hall of Flowers, by Family Fun Stage.

Grape Expectoration

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 2 at 7 p.m. (Family Fun Stage) • August 3 at 7 p.m. (Family Fun Stage) • August 9 at 2 p.m. (HillTop Stage)
Where? Farmily Fun, HillTop Stage

The object is to spit the grape in a more-or-less straight line for the longest distance. The contest is open to spitters of all ages. Prizes will be awarded for the greatest distance a grape travels. Each contestant will choose a grape from the bowl of grapes on stage, step up to the line (on stage) and spit. The distance from the spitter to the first time the grape lands is the official distance. After all contestants have spit their grapes, awards will be given out to winners in each age category. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

LEGO Building Contest Sponsored by The ToyWorks

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 3, 12 to 3 p.m
Where? Shade Park

We provide the LEGOs, you create a masterpiece!. Contestants may spend as much time as they want on their entry, but all work must be done during the contest time using only materials provided by the Fair (LEGOS!). After completion, entries will go on display until the judging begins. Judges decisions will be no later than one hour after the conclusion of the contest. If the winners are not present, their prizes will be mailed. This is an individual competition — each person may create one entry. Team entries are not acceptable, and no one may help with another entry. To take part in this contest, check in between 12 and 3 p.m. at Shade Park.

Milk Moustache Contest

Who Can Enter?Kids, age 10 & under*
When? August 1 at 1:30 p.m. • August 10 at 2:30 p.m. • August 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Where? Kids Area

Contestants will have a choice of chocolate or white milk. Each contestant will be given a quarter-cup of whole milk. Contestants have two minutes to make a milk moustache. A mirror will be provided for contestants’ use. Contestants who spill undue amounts of milk on the stage may be disqualified. Sign up at the Kids Area no later than 10 minutes before the contest. *There is no lower age limit for this contest, but all contestants must go up on the stage by themselves (without help from their parents).

Rock'em Sock'em Robots Tournament

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? AAugust 6 at 7 p.m.
Where? Family Fun Stage

Each player will take the part of Red Rocker or Blue Bomber as they play Rock’em Sock’em Robots, the classic game from 1966 in which the battling robots try to knock each other's blocks off. (Actually, it’s a pair of plastic robots manipulated by a hand-held controller.) The object of the game is to keep your robot in one piece while bringing down your opponent. In this tournament, contestants will have to do just that at over and over again. In the early rounds, contestants will be paired with players of similar ages. The winners in the first round of games will play again in the next round. This will continue until we have our winners. If you enter this contest, you can expect to face players of different ages as you advance in competition. Age and physical ability don’t have a lot to do with results in Rock’em Sock’em Robots play, so everyone has a chance to win! We provide everything you need, so come prepared to play. Sign up before the tournament begins.

Scarecrow Building Contest

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? Every day at the Fair at 12:30 p.m.
Where? Barnyard Stage

Teams of contestants will be given a scarecrow frame and an assortment of scarecrow clothes and accessories. Using these (and as much straw as you need) you will construct a scarecrow. You must use materials provided by the Fair. Scarecrows must be completed within the 30 minute time period. Judging will be done by a panel of independent experts. Scarecrows will remain on display all day long. To enter, bring your team to Barnyard Stage and sign up by 12:20 p.m. There is a limit of eight teams each day.

Scarecrow UN-Building

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? Every day at the Fair at 6:15 p.m.
Where? Barnyard Stage

Teams of contestants (we will find you a team if you come alone) will dismantle a scarecrow. Each team will 1) remove clothes and straw from a scarecrow, 2) shake and fold clothes, 3) pile up straw and return it to the bag. Prizes will be awarded to the quickest (and neatest) team. Sign up at the Barnyard Stage by 6:20 p.m.

SCREAM!

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 1 at 5:45 p.m. • August 6 at 4 p.m. • August 9 at 5:45 p.m.
Where? Family Fun Stage

Screaming just seems to go with the Fair. People scream on the roller coaster, they scream at the racetrack, and kids are always screaming at their parents. In this contest, fairgoers of all ages will scream for prizes, with special prizes awarded to the loudest, most piercing screams. This contest will be judged by the audience. The decisions of the announcer are final. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Stroller Races

Who Can Enter? Ages 13 & under
When? August 6 – 1:30 p.m. • August 7 at 6 p.m.
Where? Kids Area

The Fair will provide strollers for all contestants. Stuffed Animals will be provided to ride in the strollers. Contestants must push the stroller around the course. Racers will compete in heats on an asphalt course. Sign up in the Kids Area before the contest.

Ugly Shoe Contest Sponsored by Santa Rosa Shoes

Who Can Enter?Adults & Kids who wear adult-sized shoes
When? August 10 at 7 p.m.
Where? Family Fun Stage

The contestant wearing the most beat-up, lived-in, ugliest pair of shoes will be the winner of a new pair of New Balance™ shoes. Judges will be looking for shoes that have come by their “battle scars” honestly--these shoes should be old friends that have been worn until they are ready to fall apart. Shoes you purchased recently at the thrust store are not acceptable! Contestants must wear their shoes to the contest. Sign up at the Family Fun Stage by 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 10. Winners will be able to go to Santa Rosa Shoes to pick out their new pair of New Balance™ shoes.

Whistling Contest

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? August 9 at 3:45 p.m.
Where? Barnyard Stage

Fairgoers of all ages will be invited to show their skills in four types of whistling: loud whistles, soft whistles, birdcalls, and tunes. Categories of competition will be determined by the number of contestants. Tune whistlers may perform the tune of their choice. Whistlers in all categories (except loud whistles), can use a microphone. Sign up at the stage no later than 10 minutes before the contest.

Western Fun & Games

Who Can Enter? All Ages Welcome
When? Every day at 3 p.m.
Where? Garden Courtyard

Fairgoers of all ages will be invited to take part in a full slate of western-themed activities. Watch for Stick Horse Barrel Racing, Lasso Toss, Boot Kicking for Distance, Snake in my Boot Relay and more at Western Fun & Games! Every day will be different, but it will always be fun!


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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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