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Sonoma County Fair

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The Sonoma County Fair livestock shows are the annual showcase of the best of the best, with exhibitors from throughout the state as well as hundreds of animals from the dairies and ranches for which Sonoma County is famous.

Reminder: Entries will open May 1. All entries will be submitted online. Entries have closed for the 2018 Fair. Entries will open May 1 for 2019.

2018 Livestock Calendar
2018 Exhibitor's Guidebook
2018 Non-Livestock Exhibits


Important Dates

  • Market Steer Pre-Weigh & DNA Due - March 25, 9:00 - 10:30 am FFA, 10:30 am - Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
  • Entries Open - May 1
  • RV Applications Available - May 1
  • Market Lamb & Goat Pre-Weigh & DNA Due - May 19, 9:00 - 10:30 am FFA, 10:30 am - Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
  • Hog DNA Due - May 31
  • RV Application Deadline - June 8
  • How to Obtain a Livestock Auction Buyer - June 26 4:30 p.m. E.C. Kraft Building
  • Independent Junior Ownership Information Due - June 29
  • Horse Ownership Information Due - June 29
  • Junior Ambassador Applications Due - June 29
  • Online Entries Close - June 30, 11:59 p.m.
  • 4-H Leader/FFA Advisor Online Authorization Due- July 13
  • Sonoma County Fair Horse Show - July 28
  • Round Robin Horse Showmanship Clinic - July 29
  • Sonoma County Fair - August 2-12
  • Lamb/Rabbit/Goat Auction - August 4 - 9:00 am/1:00 pm/1:30 pm
  • Hog/Poultry Auction - August 9 - 9:00 am/1:00 pm
  • Ag Mechanics Auction - August 10 - 6:00 pm
  • 2018 Ag Mechanics Auction Items

  • Steer Auction - August 10 - 6:00 pm
  • Large Animal Round Robin - August 11
  • Small Animal Round Robin - August 11
  • Junior Awards - August 12 - 10 am Veteran's Building
  • Carcass Contest Results Meeting - September 20

Deadlines to Enter

Online Entries due by 11:59 pm on Saturday, June 30 for most categories.


Sonoma County Fair Quality Assurance & Ethics Training Policy:

In order to be eligible to show livestock at the Sonoma County Fair, exhibitors are required to complete the mandatory Quality Assurance and Ethics training once prior to the age of 14 and once after. Specifically:

  • Any livestock* exhibitor (excluding primary members) that has never attended the mandatory Quality Assurance & Ethics training must attend.
  • Any livestock exhibitor aged 14 (as of January 1) that intends to exhibit livestock at the fair must attend. (This will function as a refresher course for high school aged exhibitors. Exhibitors born in 2003 will be required to complete Quality Assurance in 2018, regardless of previous attendance.)
  • Livestock exhibitors who completed the course as a “Junior Exhibitor” (9-13 years-of-age) and did not exhibit livestock the year they were 14 as of January 1, are required to attend the first year they return to exhibit as a “Senior Exhibitor” (14-18 years-of-age).
  • Leaders and advisors must attend training once every three years.
  • *Livestock includes all species (Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Dairy Cattle, Dairy Goat, Rabbit, Cavy, Poultry, Pygmy Goat, Horse, Dog)


    Class Dates:

    • Thursday, May 10 6:00 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in E.C. Kraft
    • Tuesday, June 26 6:00 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in E.C. Kraft
    • Thursday, July 12 6:00 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in E.C. Kraft
    Quality Assurance Attendance as of July 13, 2018

    RSVP is not necessary to attend.

    Please call the entry office at 707-545-4203 or email entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com if you have any questions.


    Sonoma County Fair Obtain a Livestock Auction Buyer Workshop

    Join us on June 26 in the E.C. Kraft Building at 4:30 p.m. to hear from a Junior Livestock Auction solicitor and buyers on strategies of obtaining an auction buyer.

    Rules

    Department Info

    Livestock Department Information


    RV Parking & Golf Cart Applications

    2018 Market Steer Information

    2018 Market Lamb and Goat Information

    2018 Market Hog Information

    • DNA Due – Thursday, May 31, 5:00 pm Sonoma County Fairgrounds

    2018 Market Poultry & Rabbit Information

    • Entries – Saturday, June 30 by 11:59 p.m.

    Other Stall Charts

    Awards Breakfast

    RSVP HERE

    The Junior Awards Breakfast hosted by the Sonoma County Fair and Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation will be held Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 10:00 am at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Building.


    YOUTH AWARDS

    Junior Livestock Awards

    2018 Sonoma County Fair Flower Show Scholarship Application. Complete applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. May 31 to the Entry Office of entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com.

    2018 Flower Show Scholarship Application & Instructions

    ARTHUR “BIG BOY” AND CATHERINE “HONEY” KUNDE MEMORIAL AWARD

    A check for $1,000 to one or more recipients in memory of Mr. Arthur “Big Boy” and Catherine “Honey” Kunde, long time agriculturists and vineyard operators in the Kenwood and Glen Ellen areas.

    Completed applications are due and must be in the Sonoma County Fair Entry Office by 5:00 pm Friday, June 15th. Applicants will be notified of interview day and time. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony.

    Please read the Exhibitor’s Guidebook for rules and other information pertaining to this award. Use additional pages if needed.

    KUNDE AWARD APPLICATION


    The Alvin “Babe” & Bernetta Tesconi Memorial Award

    A $250 Cash Award & Belt Buckle

    Alvin “Babe” Tesconi and Bernetta Tesconi raised their six children on a small farm in west Santa Rosa where they had beef cattle, sheep, 4-H replacement heifers and an occasional hog or two.

    This award is sponsored by their children: Tim, Teena, Ted, Terri, Tawny and Traci and their families. It is given in their memory to recognize the youth exhibitor that has diversified his or her involvement in the Fair by exhibiting at least two species of animals and non livestock exhibits. Previous winners are not eligible.

    Interested exhibitors should complete the Award Application and submit it to the Entry Office by 8:00 pm Friday, August 10th.

    TESCONI AWARD APPLICATION


    BEST CAVY PROJECT

    Award is open to all junior cavy exhibitors. Winner receives a $25 gift certificate, sponsored by Western Farm Center. This award is based on the exhibitor’s overall project as pictured in the member’s application based on their overall project. Also considered are placing, showmanship and cooperation with fair management.

    Application must be filled out and submitted to the rabbit show superintendent by noon Sunday, August 5, 2018.

    BEST CAVY PROJECT APPLICATION


    BEST FIRST YEAR RABBIT PROJECT IN MEMORY OF LYN BURRELL PETERSON

    Awarded to a first year Rabbit Exhibitor, based on their overall project. Also considered are placing, showmanship and cooperation with fellow exhibitors, and Fur and Feathers staff members.

    Application must be filled out and submitted to the rabbit show superintendent by 3:00 PM Friday, August 3. The winner of this Award will be announced at the Junior Awards Ceremony.

    LYN BURRELL PETERSON AWARD APPLICATION


    BEST RABBIT PROJECT

    Award is open to all junior rabbit exhibitors. This award is based on the exhibitor’s overall project as pictured in the member’s application based on their overall project. Also considered are placing, showmanship and cooperation with fair management.

    Application must be filled out and submitted to the rabbit show superintendent by noon Friday, August 3, 2018.

    BEST RABBIT PROJECT APPLICATION


    NORTH BAY WOOL GROWERS AUXILIARY SHEEP BREEDING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

    This award will be based upon involvement, general knowledge and responsibilities of sheep feeding, breeding, and health practices in their sheep breeding projects (includes market projects if taken) as well as participation in outside related activities. Applicants must be living in Sonoma or Marin Counties and display outstanding involvement in the sheep and wool industry. Applicants can win only once in each age category.

    The winner of beginning exhibitor age group 9-10 years will receive a $50.00 cash award.
    The winner of the junior exhibitor age group 11-12 years will receive a $50.00 cash award.
    The winner of the intermediate exhibitor 13-15 years will receive a $75.00 cash award.
    The winner of the senior exhibitor 16-19 years will receive a $75.00 cash award.

    Completed application must be submitted to the entry office by 12:00 Noon Tuesday, August 7. Applicants will be interviewed by a NBWG Auxiliary committee at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

    NBWG BREEDING SHEEP AWARD APPLICATION


    Join the Sonoma County Fair Junior Ambassador Program

    The Sonoma County Fair & Exposition, Inc. is offering our local youth the opportunity to participate in the Fair as part of the Junior Ambassador Program. Ambassadors selected receive tee shirts and admission wristbands and will report to the livestock superintendent while performing their duties. Click Here for an Ambassador Application

    Some of the activities that the Jr. Fair Ambassadors may assist with include:
    • Adult Showmanship
    • Junior Livestock Auctions
    • Farmer’s Day
    • Exhibitor Awards program
    • And other activities
    • In livestock and small animal departments

    The application deadline is Friday, June 29, 2018. Ambassadors selected for the committee, will be invited to an orientation meeting on July 18 to receive instructions and sign up for activities during the fair. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Fair Entry Office at (707) 545-4203 or you can email us at entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com.


    IMPORTANT UPDATES


    Junior Livestock Exhibitor Age Clarification:

    The Special Junior Program has been eliminated. Youth that were 5-8 years old as of December 31, 2017 are considered primary members. Primary members are eligible to show breeding rabbits, cavies and poultry.
    Market livestock: Will be limited to youth that were 9 years old as of December 31, 2017 and older. Market livestock exhibitors must be enrolled in elementary or high school during the 2017-2018 school year. (Last year of eligibility is summer of high school graduation.)
    Breeding Livestock: Will be limited to youth that were 9 years old as of December 31, 2017 and older. FFA members may exhibit breeding livestock until the end of the calendar year following the year of graduation from high school. 4-H and independent juniors may exhibit until the end of the calendar year in which they reach 19.


    Livestock RV Park Update:

    Due to the October wildfires and survivors being housed in the Sonoma County Fair RV lot, there will be limited livestock RV space during the 2018 Sonoma County Fair. As in previous years, applications will be prioritized in the following order:

    1. Open Exhibitors
    2. Dairy Exhibitors with Lactating Cattle
    3. Junior Breeding Animal Exhibitors

    Every effort will be made to accommodate as many RV/Trailers as possible, but there are very limited numbers of RV/Trailer spaces available. We apologize for our limited space, however, we also know our livestock community will understand the extreme circumstances.


    Livestock Wristband Pricing Update:

    Livestock exhibitor and leader/advisor wristband fees will be $12 in 2018. Parent passes will be available for $30.


    DNA Policy Update:

    DNA Packets for market livestock will be available in the fair office March 1.It is extremely important to properly record the ear tag that matches the sample in the envelope. In 2018, animals with DNA test discrepancies will be disqualified.



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