The San Diego County Fair just wouldn't be the same without animals. You can see animals on display, farm equipment, animal shows and of course, the ever-popular Junior Livestock Auction, where San Diego County's young people auction the animals they have hand-raised during the past year.
Fun animal programs at the Fair
This exhibit is located in the Wyland Center (the building with the big whale mural on the side).
In this exhibit you can:
• learn about many different kinds of farm animals
• visit the popular animal petting farm
• shop in the Albertsons/Sav-on Super Kidsmarket, a shopping experience for kids ages 5-12 to learn how to make healthy choices at the grocery store
• see special displays by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, Southern California Llama Association and San Diego County Cowbelles
• watch goat milking and do some egg counting as you visit the hens in their new "condo coops"
• join in fun contests such as onion bowling, best farmer tan and other contests that happen daily on the AgriFair Stage.
New this year is Spot's Spot, the large dirt "pasture" in the center of the exhibit where you can see farm animals. One of those is a very special cow named Spot, a 12-year-old Shorthorn X that was a 4-H show steer in 2003. He was bought at the Junior Livestock Auction that year and given an official pardon by "Grandpa Bob." Spot now lives the good life on a lovely pasture in Valley Center, and is a featured guest at the AgriFair each year.
Visit Spot; his friend Minnie, the Bureau of Land Management rescue donkey; and others. Watch goat milking demonstrations at 11:00AM and 4:00PM daily. Our new friend Miss Karla will be at Spot's Spot every afternoon telling stories and educating Fairgoers about Spot and his friends.
Cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats can be found in the Livestock Barn and Barn W every day of the Fair. Check out Rings 1, 2 and 3 to see these animals competing for the Blue Ribbon.
Large Animal Schedule
June 7-8: Pygmy goats, llamas, Cotswold Regional (sheep) Show and Western Regional Southdown (sheep) Show
June 11-15: Beef cattle, sheep, Angora goats
June 18-22: Dairy cattle, dairy goats
June 29-July 6 (Market Week): Beef cattle, lambs, pigs, goats. Animals shown this week are the ones raised by youth in 4H and FFA. Please note that the Fair will be closed to the public on Monday, June 30.
Small Animal Schedule
June 7-8: Pigeons
June 11-15: Rabbits
June 18-22: Poultry
June 22: Dogs
June 24-28: Cavies
June 29-July 6 (Market Week): Turkeys, Chickens and Rabbits. Animals shown this week are the ones raised by youth in 4H and FFA. Please note that the Fair will be closed to the public on Monday, June 30.
Junior Livestock Auction
Saturday, July 5: Don't miss the live action of a good old fashioned livestock auction! Youth 4-H and FFA members will sell their blue-ribbon-winning market animals to the highest bidder. It is a great way to purchase hand-raised, locally grown beef, lamb, pork, goat, chicken and turkey and support local youth. Many youth use the funds to pay for their college education. Interested buyers can contact the Livestock Office at (858) 792-4283 for more information.
World of Horses
Dates and Hours: June 7-July 2, Fair Opening to 6:00PM
This exhibit is located in the Infield and showcases more than 20 different breeds of horses. Daily riding, grooming and horse shoeing demonstrations are held.
Please remember to always wash your hands thoroughly when coming into direct contact with animals at the Fair. A barn animal safety worksheet is available at these animal-related events upon request.