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El Dorado County Fair Information

**The State Fair and many county fairs have been canceled. Please see our documents on Market Animal Sale Options & Regulations and Junior Livestock Auction Guidelines to answer questions you may have about 4-H livestock projects.

Requirements for Participation at County Fair

El Dorado County 4-H members can participate in the El Dorado County Fair as a 4-H Member if they meet the following requirements.

Requirements for 4-H Participation at County Fair:

Youth may enroll in a project at any time during the year, however the minimum requirements for successfully completing a Home Arts or Animal Science project, which qualifies the youth to participate in the County Fair are:

1. All returning members, must enroll by October 15 of the program year.
    All NEW members, must enroll by December 1 of the program year.

2. Youth must attend 80% of all monthly community club meetings and project meetings held from the time they enroll.

3. Youth must have a written 4-H record Annual Project Report (see Record Book Forms 4-H State web page) provide proof of supervision, the length of the project, attendance at meetings, and work completed in the project up-to-date.

4. The 4-H record must be submitted to the respective project leader. Leaders will review the record and sign to signify satisfactory progress in the project.

5. Fair entry forms with required club and/or project leader signatures must be submitted by the member to the fair office by the deadline stated in the fair premium book.

6. Members must abide by rules governing participation at the El Dorado County Fair and/or other qualifying fairs are as stated in the respective Entry Guide.

Animal Science Project Policies

1. 4-H project animals are to be under the immediate control of the 4-H owner. If the animal is kept at a place other than the 4-H owner’s home or property, a letter with full explanation of facts will be written to the El Dorado County 4-H Office within 10 days.

2. Any abuse of an animal, unethical treatment, or violations of these regulations by an exhibitor shall be referred to the County Director for disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the project.

3. State 4-H policy outlines age requirements for membership in the large livestock projects. Primary members (under the age of 9 as of January 1) will not be allowed to enroll in any project that requires large animal ownership, handling, or exhibition. Primary members may not enroll in large animal projects such as: beef, dairy goat, market goat, horse, sheep, or swine projects. Primary members may enroll in the following small animal projects: rabbit, cavy, poultry, Pygmy and Nigerian Dwarf goats. Primary members are not allowed to sell livestock but may participate in showmanship. Primary classes will be participation only. Primaries will not be judged; however feedback will be given.

4. Livestock ownership requirements for large/small animals will be as stated in the CFDA's 2017 State Rules for California Fairs and El Dorado County Fair Premium Book. In case of an emergency or excused absence at the time of fair, contact the fair office for current policy on allowing another member to show your animal for conformation.

5. All market animals shall be ear tagged according to current fair policy.

Home Arts Project Policies

1. Work must be created and/or owned by the 4-H exhibitor enrolled in a home arts project.

2. The guidelines for the specific levels (beginning, intermediate and advanced) of the clothing and foods projects must be followed. 


This information can be downloaded here El Dorado County Fair Requirements.

Link to the El Dorado County Fair page.

El Dorado County 4-H youth members may enter the Junior Livestock, the Horse Show, Jr. Feature Exhibits and 4-H, Grange & FFA Department, if they meet the previous requirements.

California 4-H Uniform for Fair         

While A uniform is not required for participation in any 4-H sponsored activity, event, meeting or occasion. Fairs do not fall under the jurisdiction of the 4-H program and may require their own clothing for showing.  The CDFA Fairs and Exposition Rule Book and the 4-H Youth Development Organization do not mandate a uniform or attire for judging.

Uniform Information

California 4-H hats, ties, and scarves can be purchased at Leslie Carman 4-H Supplies.

This company is listed as a resource only and does not imply endorsement by the 4-H Youth Development Program.

California 4-H Age Divisions

Primary 4-H Members: 5 years to 8 years old as of December 31st of the program year.

Junior 4-H Members: 9 years to 10 years old as of December 31st of the program year. 

Intermediate 4-H Members: 11 years to 13 years old as of December 31st of the program year. 

Senior 4-H Members: 14 years to 19 years old as of December 31st of the program year.

Livestock Entry Forms and Exhibits (Non-Livestock) Forms are found on the EDC County Fair website. 

El Dorado County Fair Entry Forms 

El Dorado County Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness Requirement

All El Dorado County Fair Junior Livestock Exhibitors, excluding primary members, are required to have current Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness training certification by the time Fair Forms are due.

The California State Fair Quality Assurance and Ethics Awareness program is being phased out and new certifications are no longer being offered. The El Dorado County Fair will accept the Youth for Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), a national multi-species quality assurance as the approved Quality Assurance requirement to exhibit, show and sell.

Note: an in person YQCA training is schedule for January 29, 2020 at 6pm El Dorado Fairgrounds, Forni Building. Register before attending at https://learngrow.io

A second training is scheduled on March 14th 2020 1:00pm during Skills Day. 

Go to the new YQCA website.

Here is the link to the El Dorado County Fair's Junior Livestock Auction Rules

Livestock Project Transfer

At the beginning of the year youths must choose in which organization they will carry their ownership/entrepreneurial project (i.e., project animal).

The Livestock Project Transfer Form that should be used when project animal transfers are taking place between organizations; 4-H, FFA, Grange, or Independent.

The form and policy regarding project transfers is outlined in the 4-H Policy Handbook Chapter 7, IV, E Animal Ownership.

Youth who transfer their animal project from 4-H to another organization may continue to stay involved in a 4-H leadership capacity within the same project.

Livestock Project Transfer Form