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 zoo
• Shop in the Albertsons|Vons 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, San Diego County Cowbelles, local alpaca exhibit and local pet rescue groups
• Watch goat milking demonstrations, daily at 11:00AM and 4:00PM
• Visit hens in their "condo coops" and count their eggs
• Join in fun contests such as Cherry Pit Spit, Lucky Duck Races and other contests that happen daily on the AgriFair Stage.
Visit Spot's Spot, the large dirt "pasture" in the center of the exhibit where you can see farm animals. This area is named for Spot, a Shorthorn Cross 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 for many years, was a featured guest at the Fair.
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 6-7: Pygmy goats, llamas, Cotswold Regional (sheep) Show, Western Regional Southdown (sheep) Show and Southern California Regional Oxford Show (sheep).
June 10-14: Beef cattle, sheep, Angora goats, plus daily sheep-shearing demonstrations.
June 17-21: Dairy cattle, dairy goats, plus daily cow milking demonstrations presented by California Dairy Council.
June 23-28: Daily sheep-shearing demonstrations.
June 29-July 5 (Market Week): Beef cattle, lambs, pigs, goats. 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 29.
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 6-7: Pigeons
June 10-14: Rabbits
June 17-21: Poultry
June 21: 4H/FFA Dog Show (in Ring 1)
June 23-27: Cavies
June 29-July 5 (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 29.
Junior Livestock Auction
Saturday, July 4, 2015: 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 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. More information is on the Family Funville page.
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! In the Durante Area next to the Del Mar Arena.
Weekdays: 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM and 8:00PM
Weekends: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM, 6:30PM and 8:00PM
World of Horses at Family Funville
See more than 20 different horse breeds in this exhibit, located next to The Farm at Family Funville. The exhibit is open each day until 6:00PM through July 2. Daily riding, grooming and horseshoeing demonstrations take place. This yearâ€™s breeds include a Miniature Horse, Draft Horse, Miniature Donkey, Andalusian Horse, Shetland Pony and Fjord Horse.
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.