The San Diego County Fair just wouldn't be the same without animals. You can see animals on display, 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.
Download our new Agricultural Activities Map that will show you where to find animals, plants and agricultural exhibits at the Fair.
CA Grown Exhibit, presented by Hollandia Dairy
This exhibit is located in the Wyland Center (the building with the whale mural; formerly known as AgriFair). Here you may learn about farm animals, visit the petting zoo, shop in the Albertsons/Vons Super Kidsmarket, and more.
Large Animal Schedule
Large animals are located in the Livestock Barn and Barn W. This is the area to see cattle, goats, pigs and more competing for the blue ribbon! Adults and youth bring their animals to be judged and displayed during the Fair. Different animals are here each week of the Fair's run. The 2016 schedule:
June 3-5: Pygmy goats, llamas, sheep shows.
June 8-12: Beef cattle, sheep, Angora goats, plus wool and fleece competitions.
June 15-19: Dairy cattle, dairy goats, plus daily cow-milking demonstrations presented by California Dairy Council.
June 21-25: Boer goats.
June 27-July 4 (Market Week): Beef cattle, swine, goats, lambs, feeder calves. Animals shown this week are raised by San Diego County youth in 4H and FFA. Please note that the Fair will be closed to the public on Monday, June 27.
Small Animal Schedule
Small animals are located in the CA Grown Exhibit building, where rabbits, pigeons, poultry, and more compete for the blue ribbon! Adults and youth bring their animals to be judged and displayed during the Fair. Different animals are here each week of the Fair. The 2016 schedule:
June 3-5: Pigeons
June 5: 4H/FFA Dog Show (in Ring 1)
June 8-12: Rabbits
June 8-12: Cavies
June 15-19: Poultry
June 27-July 4 (Market Week): Turkeys, Chickens and Rabbits. Animals shown this week are raised by San Diego County youth in 4H and FFA. Please note that the Fair will be closed to the public on Monday, June 27.
Junior Livestock Auction
Don't miss the live action of a good old-fashioned livestock auction. 4-H and FFA youth auction their blue ribbon-winning market animals to the highest bidder. It is a great way to purchase hand-raised, locally grown beef, lambs, pork, goats, chickens, and turkeys and support local youth. Many youth use the funds to pay college expenses. Interested buyers can contact the Livestock Office at (858) 792-4283 for more information or get more details on the Junior Livestock Auction page.
The Wild West Turkey Stampede is back several times daily during the San Diego County Fair in Family Funville. Root for your favorite turkeys to win the race as they follow their remote control Monster Truck filled with turkey treats to the finish line! The show'll have you in stitches the whole time. Several times daily in Family Funville.
Swifty Swine Racing Pigs
Long a Fair favorite, the cute little Swifty Swine Racing Pigs are back for another fun season of pig races! Pick the pig that you think will get to the Oreo cookie first, then cheer it to the finish line! Several times daily in the Durante Area next to the Del Mar Arena.
World of Horses at Family Funville
See more than 20 different horse breeds in this exhibit located next to The Farm at Family Funville. 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.