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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 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.


Exhibits Enter 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
  • RV Application Deadline - June 7
  • 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.
  • 4-H Leader/FFA Advisor Online Authorization Due- July 12
  • Junior Ambassador Meeting - July 17
  • 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 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.

IMPORTANT UPDATES


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 https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login. 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. A local policy regarding leaders/advisors has yet to be determined.

Class Dates (You must pre-register at https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login.):

  • 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
  • Wednesday, May 29 6:00 pm at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in the Garrett Building (Please enter through Gate 4 on Brookwood Ave.)
  • Please call the entry office at 707-545-4203 or email entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com if you have any questions.


Poultry Update:

Due to the risk of virulent Newcastle disease (VND), the Competitive Exhibits, Agriculture and Educational Exhibits Committee voted on April 9 to cancel all poultry shows at the 2019 Sonoma County Fair (this includes Junior, Market, Open and Egg Laying Divisions). The fair is working on alternate activities and competitions for youth with poultry projects. As these are developed they will be posted on this page.

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.

Rules

Complete Guidebook

YOUTH AWARDS

Junior Livestock Awards

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 entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com.

2019 Flower Show Scholarship Application & Instructions

ARTHUR “BIG BOY” AND CATHERINE “HONEY” KUNDE MEMORIAL AWARD

An award of $1,000.00 to one or more recipients in memory Mr. Arthur “Big Boy” and Catherine “Honey” Kunde, who were long time agriculturists and vineyard operators in Kenwood and in Glen Ellen.

Completed applications are due and must be in the Sonoma County Fair Entry Office by 5:00 pm Friday, June 14th. Applicants will be notified of interview day and time. The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony.

Please read the Exhibitor’s Guidebook for rules and other information pertaining to this award. Use additional pages if needed.

KUNDE AWARD APPLICATION


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 9th.

TESCONI AWARD APPLICATION


BEST CAVY PROJECT

Award is open to all junior cavy exhibitors. Winner receives a $25 gift certificate, sponsored by Western Farm Center. This award is based on the exhibitor’s overall project as pictured in the member’s application based on their overall project. Also considered are placing, showmanship and cooperation with fair management.

Application must be filled out and submitted to the rabbit show superintendent by noon Sunday, August 4, 2019.

BEST CAVY PROJECT APPLICATION


BEST FIRST YEAR RABBIT PROJECT

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 2. The winner of this Award will be announced at the Junior Awards Ceremony.

BEST FIRST YEAR RABBIT PROJECT


BEST RABBIT PROJECT

Award is open to all junior rabbit exhibitors. This award is based on the exhibitor’s overall project as pictured in the member’s application based on their overall project. Also considered are placing, showmanship and cooperation with fair management.

Application must be filled out and submitted to the rabbit show superintendent by noon Friday, August 2, 2019.

BEST RABBIT PROJECT APPLICATION


SONOMA-MARIN CATTLEWOMEN AWARDS

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

SONOMA-MARIN CATTLEWOMEN AWARD APPLICATION

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:
• Junior Livestock Auctions
• Farmer’s Day
• Exhibitor Awards program
• And other activities
• In livestock and small animal departments

The application deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019. Ambassadors selected for the committee, will be invited to an orientation meeting on July 17 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 entryoffice@sonomacountyfair.com.



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