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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 for 2019. All entries will be submitted online.

2019 Livestock Calendar
2019 Non-Livestock Exhibits

Important Dates

  • Market Steer Pre-Weigh & DNA Due - March 24, 9:00 - 10:30 am FFA, 10:30 am - Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
  • How to Obtain a Livestock Auction Buyer - April 25 6:00 p.m. E.C. Kraft Building
  • Entries Open - May 1
  • RV Applications Available - May 1
  • Market Lamb & Goat Pre-Weigh & DNA Due - May 18, 9:00 - 10:30 am FFA, 10:30 am - Noon 4-H & Independent Junior
  • Hog DNA Due - May 31
  • Independent Junior Ownership Information Due - June 28
  • Horse Ownership Information Due - June 28
  • Junior Ambassador Applications Due - June 28
  • Online Entries Close - June 30, 11:59 p.m.
  • Junior Ambassador Meeting - July 10
  • 4-H Leader/FFA Advisor Online Authorization Due- July 12
  • Sonoma County Fair Horse Show - July 27
  • Sonoma County Fair - August 1-11
  • Lamb/Rabbit/Goat Auction - August 3 - 9:00 am/1:00 pm/1:30 pm
  • Hog/Poultry Auction - August 8 - 9:00 am/1:00 pm
  • Ag Mechanics Auction - August 9 - 6:00 pm
  • Steer Auction - August 9 - 6:00 pm
  • Large Animal Round Robin - August 10
  • Small Animal Round Robin - August 10
  • Junior Awards - August 11 - 10 am
  • Carcass Contest Results Meeting - September 19

Deadlines to Enter

  • Entries open Wednesday, May 1
  • Online Entries due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 30 for most categories.

Sonoma County Fair Obtain a Livestock Auction Buyer Workshop

Join us on April 25 in the E.C. Kraft Building at 6:00 p.m. to hear from a Junior Livestock Auction solicitor and buyers on strategies of obtaining an auction buyer.

    2019 Market Steer Information

  • Mandatory Weigh-In and Pre Registration* – Sunday, March 24
    *DNA is Due at Pre-Weigh
  • Market Steer Pre-Weigh Information
  • Bred & Born Entry Form
  • 2019 Market Lamb and Goat Information

    Information coming soon.

  • Mandatory Pre Registration & DNA Due - Saturday, May 18
  • 2019 Market Hog Information

    Information coming soon.

    2019 Market Poultry & Rabbit Information

    Please see below for a note regarding poultry at the 2019 Sonoma County Fair.

    More Information coming soon.


2019 Sonoma County Fair Flower Show Scholarship Application. Complete applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. May 31 to the Entry Office of

2019 Flower Show Scholarship Application & Instructions

Sonoma-Marin Cattlewomen Applications must be submitted by May 15. Instructions can be found on the application.



New for 2019: Quality Assurance & Ethics Training:

To participate in the Sonoma County Fair youth livestock program (excluding horse, cavies & dogs), all exhibitors 9 years of age and older, must obtain annual certification in the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program. Certification number must be submitted at the time of entry. Course can be completed at The Sonoma County Fair Board has approved the national program, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), to meet the new state requirement. This program was designed by agricultural universities as well as partners in the agriculture industry. By the end of 2018 over 50,000 youth across the nation have taken a YQCA course. YQCA courses are age and level specific which allow for changing content each year. The program is offered in both online and in-person options. The online course is available for $12 and the in-person option for $3. All registration, fees, and certification are managed through YQCA. Both options will take approximately one hour to complete. The Sonoma County Fair has partnered with Sonoma-Marin Fair to offer in-person courses. As local course dates are selected and more information is available from the state, it will be sent to all exhibitors. A local policy regarding leaders/advisors has yet to be determined.

Class Dates: TBD

  • Thursday, April 11 6:00 pm at the SSonoma-Marin Fairgrounds Beverly C Wilson Building
  • Tuesday, May 7 6:00 pm at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds Beverly C Wilson Building
  • Please call the entry office at 707-545-4203 or email if you have any questions.

    Poultry Update:

    Sonoma County Fair is monitoring the updates from CDFA/AHFSS regarding Virulent Newcastle Disease activity in California. As of March 1, 2019 the Sonoma County Fair plans to hold poultry exhibitions in August. Should this change, any updates will be posted here and emailed to past exhibitors.

    Junior Livestock Exhibitor Age Clarification:

    The Special Junior Program has been eliminated. Youth that were 5-8 years old as of December 31, 2018 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, 2018 and older. Market livestock exhibitors must be enrolled in elementary or high school during the 2018-2019 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, 2018 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.

    DNA Policy:

    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 2019, animals with DNA test discrepancies will be disqualified.

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

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