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Livestock Exhibitors

Sonoma County Fair

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.

2018 Livestock Calendar
2018 Exhibitor's Guidebook - Available May 1
2018 Non-Livestock Exhibits

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 victims 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.

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
  • Carcass Contest Results Meeting - September 20

Deadlines to Enter

Online Entries due by 11:59 pm on Friday, 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

RSVP is not necessary to attend.

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

2018 Market Steer Information

Information coming soon.

  • Mandatory Weigh-In and Pre Registration* – Sunday, March 25
    *DNA is Due at Pre-Weigh
  • Bred & Born Entry Form

2018 Market Lamb and Goat Information

Information coming soon.

  • Mandatory Pre Registration & DNA Due - Saturday, May 19

2018 Market Hog Information

Information coming soon.

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

2018 Market Poultry & Rabbit Information

Information coming soon.


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

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