The San Diego County Fair's Livestock
program includes traditional breeding, market, and showmanship livestock competitions, as well as animals primarily bred for recreation or companionship.
Viewing many of these animals
is a real treat for urban dwellers, and engaging with the exhibitors that raise and show them is informative, educational and inspiring.
Youth involved in 4-H, FFA and Grange programs spend countless hours raising and caring for their animals, learning valuable skills and exhibitng in a competitive arena for prize money, recognition for their acheivements, and a chance at college scholarships. The Fair's Junior Livestock Auction is one of the annual highlights of the Fair. It is the culmination of Market Week, during which exhibitors who are members of 4-H, FFA and Grange show their market animal project, hoping to win a coveted blue ribbon and participate in the auction. In each animal species (swine, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, lamb, and beef) a Grand Champion and a Reserve Grand Champion are chosen — the best of the best. Only Blue Ribbon-animals are eligible for auction.
Visit the Chevrolet Livestock Barns to learn about raising and showing livestock, and witness first-hand the hard work and dedication of these animal-lovers.