Sweet Lil’s Farmery
Sweet Lil's Farmery brings farm life to you. Watch chicks emerge from their shells, try spinning yarn with a real spinning wheel, feed a goat kid with a bottle or try milking Sweet Lil, our amazing demonstration "cow".
Saralee & Richard Kunde wanted to teach those who had never raised an animal or grown their own food what farming was all about. Both parents and children can learn the basics of agriculture at Sweet Lil's.
A Sweet Lil Story
As told by Bob, a Sweet Lil's "squeezer-teacher"
I was the designated squeezer-teacher at the Sweet Lil stand. There's often some wonderment about how real Sweet Lil is, whether that's really milk. It's like Santa at that age. "I don't think she's real, but I do want to keep believing she is," kids think to themselves.
I'm bending in to help the kids learn to profitably squeeze. "You grab hold and squeeze the top finger first and on down like this," I'd say.
The kids exclaim, "Oh, look at that. I can do it!" And they all do.
There had been four squeezers squatting on their haunches, one on each teat. Three left when a little girl, I judge about six years old, was pulling on the right front teat. She put her left hand up on Sweet Lil's flank and looked around at me, "Do you think she's OK with this?"
Great American Petting Zoo
For those who want to get even closer to the animals, the Great American Petting Zoo is open from 11 am to 8 pm daily. Where else can you pet a deer, get nuzzled by a Pygmy goat or licked by a llama? Enjoy touching and feeding the animals every day at the Great American Petting Zoo. The zoo contains a wide variety of animals including llamas, Fallow Deer, African Pygmy Goats, assorted exotic and domestic goats and sheep, Vietnamese Potbellied Pigs, Bantam Chickens, miniature Sicilian Donkeys, miniature Call Ducks, and baby animals born all year long. Ours is a very different kind of petting zoo. There are absolutely no barriers once inside.
The Milk Barn
Fairgoers love the Milk Barn at the Sonoma County Fair, where they can watch cows being milked and learn about Sonoma County's famous dairy industry, known for innovation and leadership in producing some of the highest quality products anywhere in the world. Be sure and stop by the barn as you stroll about the grounds.
Cows are milked daily August 4-9
A Fair favorite is the Cattle Barns, which house both Dairy Cows and Beef Cattle during the livestock competitions. Did you know cows spend 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing their cud every day and a dairy cow can produce 6-8 gallons of milk a day . These are just a few fun facts discovered when you visit the barns at the Sonoma County Fair.
Dairy Cows Onsite August 4 - 9
Beef Cattle Onsite July 28 - August 2
Sheep & Goats
Showing sheep and goats at the Sonoma County Fair is a fun and educational experience for all. Did you know that both sheep and goats have 32 teeth, but neither have upper front teeth. Explore the sheep and goat barns every day to disover fun new facts.
Sheep Onsite July 24 - 30 & August 4 - 6
Goats Onsite July 24 - July 30 & August 7 - 9
Lads and Ladies Lead - July 24th at 6:00 pm
This lead is an educational program, providing a unique opportunity for exhibitors interested in the sheep industry to utilize their knowledge and skills in sheep production as well as consumer aspects of the industry. Exhibitor's develop poise, self confidence, practice interview skills, promote the use of wool in clothing and promote the sheep industry. Lads and Ladies lead will include a wool fashion show.
Fur & Feathers
Furry, fuzzy, floppy, Oh My!
More than just chickens and bunnies, this barn is home to more varieties than any other. Fairgoers are invited to see Geese, Cavies (Guinea Pigs), Rabbits, Ducks, Turkeys, Chickens and all kinds of other birds. (Be sure to check the schedule as the animals are not all here at the same time).
Rabbits Onsite July 24 - 26 & July 31 - August 2
Poultry Onsite July 28 - 31 & August 6 - 9
For young farmers, it is a pleasure to drive a well-trained and groomed pig into a show ring. Every day the pigs on display during the Fair are cared for in preparation for their big debut. Meander the Swine Barns and discover all the shapes and sizes of this year's competing pigs.
Pigs on display July 23 - 31 & August 6 - 9