Interacting with Animals - OC Fair & Event Center - Costa Mesa, CA

Interacting with Animals

From livestock competitions to everyone’s favorite races, what’s a county fair without a few goats and cows? Here are the main animal areas at the OC Fair. Most areas close by 10 p.m. so the animals can get their beauty rest. 

Centennial Farm

Visit our three-acre year-round working farm, where a variety of livestock and crops will be on display to help educate the public on agriculture and the role it plays in our daily lives. Centennial Farm is located between Blue Gate and Heroes Hall.

MILKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Head to Millennium Barn any day during the OC Fair to see a cow milking demonstration at 2:15, 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.

OC BEEKEEPERS
Volunteers will be on hand daily to share information about bees & beekeeping. They will have a live beehive on display including an array of honey products for sale.

UCCE MASTER GARDENERS OF OC 
Volunteers will be on hand to answer general gardening questions and share resources.

CALIFORNIA RARE FRUIT GROWERS CLUB 
Members will be on hand to share general information and resources about rare & tropical fruit trees.

OC CONNECTION
Government agencies and non-profits will provide information for the community all day in Millennium Barn.


Livestock Area

Various 4-H and FFA livestock competitions and animal exhibits will be on display in the Livestock Area, which is near Yellow Gate.

JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION – SATURDAY, JULY 23

Participate in a live auction that supports the growth and education of young farmers. We are proud that the annual OC Fair Junior Livestock Auction supports 4-H and FFA agriculture education programs throughout Orange County.

Get more info at ocfair.com/junior-livestock-auction

ANIMAL EXHIBITS

Pygmy Goats and llamas, July 15-17
Market livestock (Beef, Hog, Lambs and Goats) and Dairy Cattle, July 20- 24
Dairy goats and KuneKune Hogs, July 27-31
Angora Goats, Breeding Sheep & Miniature Donkeys, Aug. 3-7
Friesian Horse Club of SoCal, Aug. 10-12
Urban Agriculture & Tanaka Farms, Aug. 10-14
OC Equestrian Vaulting, Aug. 13-14

OASIS CAMEL DAIRY

Oasis Camel Dairy is hosting milking demonstrations from Wednesday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 14, at 1:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Guests can view camels Aug. 10-14 during Fair hours.

LIVESTOCK COMPETITIONS

  • Youth Pygmy Goat Competition – Friday, July 15, 11 a.m.
    Youth Pygmy Goat breeders compete with their animal in a National Pygmy Goat Association sanctioned show.
  • Open Pygmy Goat Competition – Friday, July 15, noon
    Adult Pygmy Goat breeders exhibit their animals in competition, sanctioned by the National Pygmy Goat Association.
  • Youth Pygmy Goat Competition – Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.
    Youth Pygmy Goat breeders compete against each other in a National Pygmy Goat Association sanctioned show.
  • Youth & Open Llama Competition – Saturday, July 16, 2 p.m.
    Youth & Adult Llama breeders compete against each other in a International Llama Registry sanctioned show.
  • Open Poultry Competition – Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Chicken breeders compete against each other in a American Poultry Association sanctioned show.
  • Youth & Open Llama Competition – Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Llama breeders compete against each other in a International Llama Registry sanctioned show.
  • Market Beef Competition & Showmanship – Wednesday, July 20, 2 p.m.
    Local Orange County youth compete with their market beef.
  • Market Hog Competition – Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m.
    Local Orange County youth compete with their market hogs.
  • Market Goat & Lamb Competitions – Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.
    Local Orange County youth compete with their market goats and lambs.
  • Market Hog Showmanship – Thursday, July 21, 2 p.m.
    Local Orange County youth compete with their market hogs.
  • Market Goat & Lamb Showmanship- Friday, July 22, 11 a.m.
    Local Orange County youth compete with their market goats and lambs.
  • Open Dairy Cattle Competition & Showmanship – Friday, July 22, 2 p.m.
    Youth & Adult Dairy Cattle owners compete against each other.
  • Market Master Showmanship – Sunday, July 24, noon
    Top youth from market showmanship competitions compete for the ultimate master showmanship title.
  • Pack Dairy Goat Competition – Wednesday, July 27, 2 p.m.
    Youth Dairy Goats exhibitors take their goats through a variety of obstacles in competition.
  • Youth Dairy Goat Competition – Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m.
    Youth Dairy Goat breeders compete against each other in an American Dairy Goats Association sanctioned show.
  • Open Dairy Goat Competition (Jr. Animals) – Friday, July 29, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Dairy Goat breeders compete against each other in an American Dairy Goats Association sanctioned show.
  • Open Dairy Goat Competition (Sr. Animals) Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Dairy Goat breeders compete against each other in an American Dairy Goats Association sanctioned show.
  • Open KuneKune Hog Competition – Sunday, July 31, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult KuneKune Hog breeders compete against each other in an International KuneKune Hog Registry sanctioned show.
  • Open Angora Goat Competition – Wednesday, August 3, 2 p.m.
    Youth & Adult Angora Goat breeders compete against each other in a purebred show.
  • Open Breeding Sheep Competition – Thursday, August 4, 11:30 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Sheep breeders compete against each other in a purebred show.
  • Open Breeding Sheep Competition – Friday, August 5, 11:30 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Sheep breeders compete against each other in a purebred show.
  • Open Miniature Donkey Competition – Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Miniature Donkey breeders compete against each other in a National Miniature Donkey Association sanctioned show.
  • Youth & Open Rabbit & Cavy Competitions – Sunday, August 7, 11 a.m.
    Youth & Adult Rabbit & Cavy breeders compete against each other in a American Rabbit/Cavy Breeders Association sanctioned show.
     

LIVESTOCK AWARDS

  • Avian Bowl – Wednesday, July 20, 5 p.m.
    Youth showcase their poultry knowledge on competitive teams.
  • Market Awards Ceremony – Sunday, July 24, 5 p.m.
    Youth market livestock exhibitors are presented with awards for competing in competitions throughout the week.
     

Great American Petting Farm

Pet and feed goats, sheep, pigs and more in this fun petting zoo, which is located near Green Gate. 


All-Alaskan Racing Pigs

Cheer on your favorite swine as these happy pigs race daily in Plaza Pacifica. Seating is first come, first served. 
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays: 12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m.