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 Agricultural Activities Map that will show you where to find animals, plants and agricultural exhibits at the Fair.
This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.
Please check back next spring, when we will have information on animals at the 2017 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 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.
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 or birds – pigeons, rabbits, cavies and poultry – are here each week of the Fair.
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 will 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.