The New Home of Sweet Lil’s Farm
Saralee & Richard's Barn
A special place for kids and adults to learn about life on the farm at the Sonoma County Fair
Helping those already familiar with agriculture is only part of Richard and Saralee’s legacy. They wanted to teach those who had never raised an animal or grown their own food what it was all about. Their desire culminated in the Sweet Lil’s Farmery, named after Saralee’s mother, where both parents and children can learn the basics of agriculture.
At Sweet Lil’s, you’ll find faux cow “milking”, baby chicks hatching and a host of other ag-tivities. Drive a tractor, venture into the hay maze, or visit the little pigs in their straw, wood and brick houses. Get in on the buzz with beekeepers and learn how important our pollinators are for farming. There are corn boxes and a chance to visit baby farm animals and their mothers. It’s a special place to learn, play and be down home on the farm.
While many may have been satisfied with this accomplishment, the Kundes didn’t want to stop there. After all, the fair is only three weeks out of the year, and even with the thousands flowing through Sweet Lil’s during those few weeks, it was Saralee’s dream to create a permanent location where agricultural education could continue throughout the year.
For more information on Saralee & Richard' Barn visit our Fair Foundation page.
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 during Fair. 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.
Milking times vary August 2-7
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 on display August 2-7
Beef Cattle on display July 26 - 31
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 on display July 22 - 24, 29 - 31 & August 2 - 4
Goats on display July 22 - July 28, 30 - 31 & August 5 - 6
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 on display July 22 - 24
Poultry on display July 22 - 29 & August 4 - 5
Cavies (Guinea Pigs) on display July 29 - 31
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 22 - 29