KIDS

Q: When is my Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training due?

A: Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training must be completed by August 1, with proof emailed to cgarmon@venturacountyfair.org

Q: When and where do I submit my video & photo for market and auction?

A: A link for registration to participate in this year’s market shows and Junior Livestock Virtual Auction will be coming at the end of the month. Entries will open at 7am PST on Friday, July 31 st  and close at 5pm PST on Friday, August 7 th.

Q: What does my video need to look like?

A: Here are the Virtual Stock Show video requirements. Please watch the example videos for beef, swine, and sheep/goats. An entry card will be required at the beginning of your video.

Q: How are champions decided?

A: Market shows will take place the week before the virtual auction. Exhibitors' videos must be uploaded between July 31-August 7. (A link will be provided closer to this date.) The market shows will not be visible to the public or exhibitor. Judging will take place on Tuesday, August 11. Once the judging has been completed for all the species, the champions will be announced, likely within 24-48 hours. There will be a Sale of Champions at 12pm during the 2020 Junior Livestock Virtual Auction.

Q: How does the 2020 Junior Livestock Auction work?

A: This year, instead of buyers showing up in-person at the fairgrounds to bid and buy animals, the auction will take place live online on Saturday, August 15. An auctioneer will sell the animals in real-time, so buyers will need to watch for the animals they’re hoping to bid on.

Q: What is the Auction schedule?

A: The sale will begin at 9am on Saturday, August 15. Note: This is a live, virtual auction with real-time bidding. Once an animal is sold, buyers can no longer bid on it. Species will be sold in the following order, beginning at 9 am:

  • Meat pens
  • Swine
  • Steers
  • Goats
  • Lambs

*There will be a Sale of Champions at 12pm.

A lamb benefitting the Ventura County Fair Foundation will be auctioned off last.

An auction order that includes exhibitors’ names will be posted on this website when it is available, likely the day before the virtual auction.

Q: What are the options for buyers once they buy an animal?

A: This year, the fair is strongly encouraging resale. If the buyer decides to allow the animal to be resold, the animal will be sent to a wholesale stock yard and be resold at market rate. Any proceeds from the resale will go back to the kids.

For live pick-up, the buyer and exhibitor must work together to make arrangements.

If you the buyer chooses to keep the animal for their freezer, it is up to the buyer and the exhibitor to make an appointment for a butcher, pay for the processing, cut & wrap, and getting the animal to the butcher. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to continue the feed/care of the animal until this can be arranged. Please note: our local butchers are extremely busy at this time, many without availability until well into late September.

Q: Can buyers do add-ons this year?

A: Per VirtualStockShow.com, the ability to receive add-ons is only available to the kids who participate in the auction. The market shows take place on a platform that is not available to the public. No bidding/buying or financial transactions take place in coordination with the market shows. The auction takes place on a different, public-facing platform where it allows for bidding/buying and add-ons. Add-ons will be accepted online August 15-22, 2020.

Q: Is there a commission being taken from the sale of the animals or add-ons?

A: The Fair will not be taking a commission on the sale of animals or add-ons this year. All proceeds will go to the kids.

Q: What information can I send to my buyers?

A: We have updated the 805 Ag Kids Buyer page with information and FAQs. It includes information regarding the auction, add-ons, processing options, and more. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. When writing buyer letters, this is a good place to direct them: 805AgKids.com/Buy. You can also print the Buyer FAQ Sheet to include with your buyer letter.