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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 Eureka, Orland, Chico, Fresno and other areas as well as hundreds of animals from the dairies and ranches for which Sonoma County is famous.

Exhibits Enter Online

2017 Livestock Schedule
2017 Livestock Calendar
2017 Exhibitor's Guidebook
2017 Non-Livestock Exhibits

Exhibitor Guidebook livestock department pages and "paper" entry forms below.

Important Dates

  • Market Steer Pre-Weigh & DNA Due* - March 26, 9:00-10:30 AM FFA, 10:30 AM-Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
    (Fairgrounds: Wilford Ring)
    *New this year DNA is Due at Pre-Weigh
  • Entries Open - May 1
  • Market Lamb & Goat Pre-Weigh & DNA Due* - May 20, 9:00-10:30 AM FFA, 10:30 AM-Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
    (Fairgrounds: Wilford Ring)
    *New this year DNA is Due at Pre-Weigh
  • Hog DNA Due - May 31
  • Paper Entries Close - June 16
  • Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - June 27, 6:00 PM
    (Fairgrounds: E.C. Kraft Building)
  • Online Entries Close - June 30
  • Special Junior & Independent Junior Ownership Information Due - June 30
  • Horse Ownership Information Due - June 30
  • Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - July 6, 6:00 PM
    (Fairgrounds: E.C. Kraft Building)
  • Quality Assurance & Ethics Training - July 8, 10:00 AM
    (Fairgrounds: E.C. Kraft Building)
  • Sonoma County Fair Junior Horse Show - July 29
  • Sonoma County Fair - August 3-13
  • Lamb/Rabbit/Goat Auction - August 5 - 9:00 AM/1:00 PM/1:30 PM
  • Hog/Poultry Auction - August 10 - 9:00 AM/1:00 PM
  • Steer Auction - August 11 - 6:00 PM
  • Large Animal Round Robin - August 11
  • Small Animal Round Robin - August 12
  • Junior Awards Dinner - August 12, 5:00 PM
  • Carcass Contest Results Meeting - September 12

Deadlines to Enter

Paper Entries due by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 16 for most categories. (We do not accept faxes!) 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 not 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.)
  • Livestock exhibitors who have reached the age 14 (as of January 1) must attend the mandatory Quality Assurance & Ethics training
  • 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:

  • Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 PM - at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in E.C. Kraft
  • Thursday, July 6, 6:00 PM - at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in E.C. Kraft
  • Saturday, July 8, 10:00 AM - 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.

Ethics Attendance List as of January 1, 2017

2017 Market Steer Information

2017 Market Lamb and Goat Information

  • Mandatory Pre Registration - Sunday, May 20
    *New this year DNA is Due at Pre Registration
  • Click here for more information
  • Entry Forms Due:
    • Paper Entries – Saturday, June 16 by 5:00 PM
    • Online Entries – Monday, June 30 by 11:59 PM

2017 Market Hog Information


2017 Market Poultry & Rabbit Information



Junior Livestock Rules & Code of Excellence


Richard Kunde will award a check for $1,000 to one or more recipients in memory of his parents 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 16th. Applicants will be notified of interview day and time. The winner will be announced Wednesday 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 11th.



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 4. The winner of this Award will be announced at the Junior Awards Ceremony, Saturday, August 12 at 5:00 PM



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 8. Applicants will be interviewed by a NBWG Auxiliary committee at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, Saturday, August 12 at 5:00 PM.


Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Award

Completed applications are due May 15. You will have a mandatory personal interview and project inspection at your home. It will be sometime in the month of May, June or July; appointments will be made. We will also ask to see your record book at the time of the interview, and we will also be observing your projects and stalls at the fairs. Please be in appropriate dress uniform.


Awards Dinner

The Junior Livestock Awards Dinner hosted by the Sonoma County Fair, Farm Bureau and Foundation of Sonoma County's 4-H & FFA, will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM at the Santa Rosa Veteran's Memorial Building.

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...when you Play it Safe!

Click below to watch a 5 minute safety video teaching livestock exhibitors how to help keep the fair safe for everyone involved.

  • After you watch the video, enter your name and contact information and you will be automatically entered into our Grand Prize Drawing!
  • Deadline to enter drawing for prize giveaway is July 10!
  • Winners will be drawn at random from all contest participants and notified by email.
  • Winners will also be posted at the Livestock Office during the fair.

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Livestock Exhibit Departments

Exhibits Enter Online

Declaration of Medication Form
Thank You Notes
Livestock Photography
2017 Livestock Schedule
2017 Livestock Calendar

Entry Forms


Department Info

Livestock Department Information

RV Parking & Golf Cart Applications

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 16, 2017.Ambassadors selected for the committee, will be invited to an orientation meeting 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

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

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