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 Barnyard Babies Petting Farm, 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, and special displays by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, Southern California Llama Association and San Diego County Cowbelles. A brand newexhibit called The Grape Escape will show you all about this powerhouse fruit, an important commodity grown right here in San Diego! Fun contests like onionbowling, best farmer tan and others are held daily on the AgriFair Stage. Farmers sometimes drop in and talk to fairgoers all about what they do on the Stage as well. Check the program for listings.
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. The Dairy Council of California hosts dairy cow milking demonstrations daily in the barn (June 8-23) and a sheep shearing demonstration is held daily from June 11-16.
Large Animal Schedule
June 8-9: pygmy goats, llamas, NEW! National Cotswold (sheep) Show and San Diego County Fair Southdown (sheep) Show
June 11-16: Beef cattle, sheep
June 18-23: Dairy cattle, dairy goats
June 25-July 4: Beef cattle, lambs, pigs, goats Small Animals: Located in the AgriFair building, see rabbits, pigeons, poultry and turkeys competing for the blue ribbon! Adults and youth bring their animals to be judged and displayed during the Fair.
Small Animal Schedule
June 8-9: Pigeons
June 11-16: Poultry and Fowl
June 18-23: Rabbits/Cavies
June 25-July 4: Turkeys, Chickens and Rabbits
Junior Livestock Auction
Monday, July 1: 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 raised to pay for higher education. Interested buyers can contact the Livestock Office at (858) 792-4283 for more information.
The Turkey Stampede is back three times daily during the San Diego County Fair in the Infield. 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.
World of Horses
Hours: June 8-July 2, Fair Opening to 6:00PM
This exhibit is located in the Infield and showcases over 20 different breeds of horses. Daily riding, grooming and horse shoeing demonstrations are held. New this year we will have 2 adorable miniature donkeys for fairgoers to see.
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.
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