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Livestock Exhibitors

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.

Exhibits Enter Online

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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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:

2018 Market Lamb and Goat Information

  • Mandatory Pre Registration & DNA Due - Saturday, May 19
  • Entries – Saturday, June 30 by 11:59 p.m.

2018 Market Hog Information

  • DNA Due – Thursday, May 31, 5:00 pm Sonoma County Fairgrounds
  • DNA Packets Due
    • Thursday, May 31 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Entries – Saturday, June 30 by 11:59 p.m.

2018 Market Poultry & Rabbit Information

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


    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

    2018 Flower Show Scholarship Application & Instructions <



    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.


    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.



    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.



    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.


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    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


    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.

    Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds
    1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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