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 demonstrations, daily at 11:00AM and 4:00PM
• 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: San Diego State Park Exhibit In honor of the 150th Anniversary of California State Parks, the San Diego County State Parks will have an educational exhibit and volunteers will be present almost every day of the Fair to share information on state park careers, events and traditions.
Visit 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. 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
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.
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
Small animals are located in the Agrifair 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.
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 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 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. More information is on the Family Funville page.
World of Horses at Family Funville
Dates and Hours: June 7-July 2, Fair Opening to 6:00PM
This exhibit is located at Family Funville (in the Infield) and showcases more than 20 different breeds of horses. Daily riding, grooming and horseshoeing demonstrations are held.
This year's breeds include:
Pony of the Americas: This is an Arabian, Appaloosa, Shetland pony cross-breed that was developed in Iowa. The Pony of the Americas is most commonly used for Western riding.
Miniature Horses: Originally bred as pets for Europe's Habsburg nobility, these friendly horses are typically less than 38 inches tall. They often live longer than an average full-sized horse, with a lifespan from 25 to 35 years!
Donkey: Also referred to as a "burro" in Spanish, the donkey is a domesticated member of the horse family. A male donkey is called a "jack," a female donkey is called a "jenny" and offspring younger than one year old are called "foals."
Mule: A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and female horse. They are highly intelligent and curious by nature.
Draft Horse: Draft horses are typically used for heavy tasks as they are very tall, powerful and muscular, weighing between 1,400 and 2,000 pounds!
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.