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Farmer's Day

Sonoma County Fair

Farmer's Day - Sunday, August 6

come to watch and play at Farmer's Day

You don't have to be a farmer to love Farmers Day at the Sonoma County Fair. Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of barnyard events for all ages.

It's fast, sometimes hilarious and always educational, especially for the urbanites among us. And, like so many great shows at the Sonoma County Fair, it's free with your general admission.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

American Ag Credit
Friedmans
KTRY
Hunt&Behrens
Western Farm Center
Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Yogurt Time
Lindley Cattle

Chris Beck Arena - 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Farmer’s Day Program

Farmer's Day Banner
  • Friedman's OK Corral -Kiddie fun on the farm activities located at the base of the Chris Beck Arena Grandstands
  • Opening Ceremonies - Introduction of the 2017 Wine Country Rodeo Queen - Katie Ward-Crummey
  • Grand Entry - Our Rodeo Queen will lead a “stick horse” drill with youngsters 5 - 9 years old. Watch these kids master the art of riding a stick horse and not get bucked off! (At 12:00 noon, the first 25 kids that arrive at the Chris Beck Arena Box Office will receive a free stick-horse to ride in the grand entry, sponsored by American AgCredit). Blue Ribbons will be awarded to all home-made horses!
  • Line Sorting Challenge - Top 5 teams compete in a bonus round. Winning team will take home an additional $300. $300 bonus donated by Ag Credit
  • Wild Cow Milking - Cheer for your favorite team to get a single drop of milk out of a wild cow’s udder! Belt Buckle winners will come back for a “bounty round” (another wild cow with a $300 bounty on her head.) Sponsored by Lindley Cattle Company.
  • Hide Race – Fastest time around the arena will earn this 2-person team (one horse rider, 1 hide rider) the grand prize of trophy belt buckles! In honor of past Farmer's Day Chairperson Tina Finali, sponsored by the Finali Family Partnership.
  • Presentation of Award Recipients - We recognize these outstanding individuals in the Ag Community. These outstanding individuals will be brought into the arena on wagons being driven by the North Coast Draft Horse Club.
    • Outstanding Dairy of the Year - Mulas Dairy
    • Award of Excellence in the Horse Industry - Nancie Carlson
    • Guidebook Dedication - Charlie Hawkes
    • Outstanding North Bay Rancher of the Year - Sam Dolcini
  • Stick Horse Competition – Participants that arrive with their stick-horses will be judged on their western attire, decoration of the stick horse and performance of their routine. Winner receives a shiny new Belt Buckle.
  • Pig Scramble - Kids (must be pre-entered into this competition) must catch a slippery pig to win a Gift Card! 15 winners will win a gift card generously sponsored by Yogurt Time.
  • Wild Goat Milking - Teams of 2 will attempt to hand milk a goat in this contest of speed, skill, and dexterity! Belt Buckles to winning team sponsored by Hagemann General Engineering & Dust Control.
  • Mutton Bustin' - Watch brave kids (must be pre-entered into this competition) hang on for the ride of their life as they climb aboard a sheep and ride into the arena! James W. Bertolini Memorial Award (belt buckle) will be awarded for the best ride, sponsored by the Bertolini Family. Each successful rider will win a gift card generously sponsored by Yogurt Time.
  • Sheep Dog Demonstration - Watch teamwork in action as the handler and his dog round up 15 sheep and gently persuade all of them to climb back into a trailer for their ride back home.
  • Sheep Dog Trials - Following a sort break, the annual Sonoma County Fair sheep dog trials will take place at the conclusion of the Farmers' Day program.
For more information, please call the Entry Office at 707-545-4203.

Want to Join in the Fun?

Sign-ups for Farmers Day events are done in person at the Sonoma County Fair Entry Office. Entrants are accepted until events are full, which in some cases is on Farmers Day. Please contact the Entry Office (707) 545-4203 or email us entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com for complete details.

Printable Entry Forms:

2017 Miss Wine Country Rodeo Queen - Katie Ward-Crummey

Rodeo Queen

As Miss Wine Country Rodeo, she will preside over the Sonoma County Fair Rodeo, Farmers Day, and other community events.

Katie is also the recipient of a $500 scholarship and commemorative belt buckle.

Click here to find out more about Katie Ward-Crummey!


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1350 Bennett Valley Road - Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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