The biggest and best junior livestock show and auction in the county is the San Joaquin AgFest. The nine-day event is in person this year, scheduled for Friday, June 11 through Saturday, June 19 at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds in Stockton.
Local 4-H and FFA Youth with projects in the beef, swine, sheep, goats, dairy, rabbits, turkeys, poultry, cavy, and dog areas will compete to see whose animal is the best. The best market animals will be sold during the in-person livestock auction on Saturday, June 19 at 9 a.m.
There are also horticulture, vocational agriculture projects and floral exhibits to admire.
AgFest showcases many projects that are a part of the students’ agricultural studies for their four-year high school programs and can affect scholarships and entrance into some colleges and universities. Some of the exhibitors started their projects as young 4-H members and developed them into successful businesses that will fund their future education and become a career path.
The San Joaquin County Fairgrounds are at 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton. AgFest is a free event but parking is $10 per vehicle. More information is available on the website, sanjoaquinagfest.org
The daily schedule of events is as follows.
Friday, June 11
10 a.m. – Turkey Market Show, Turkey Showmanship, Meat Birds Show, Meat Bird Showmanship, Breeding Poultry Show, Breeding Poultry Showmanship
10:30 a.m. – Dairy Goat Showmanship
1 p.m. – Ag Mechanics Show
Saturday, June 12
9 a.m. – Dairy Cattle & Replacement Heifer Showmanship, Replacement Heifer Show, Dairy Show, Pee Wee Showmanship
7 p.m. – Replacement Heifer Sale
Sunday, June 13
9:30 a.m. – Breeding Cavie Show, Cavie Showmanship, Breeding Rabbits, Breeding & Market Rabbit Showmanship, Market Rabbit Show
11 a.m. – Beef Showmanship, Breeding Beef Show, Market Beef Show
Monday, June 14
10 a.m. – Boer Goat & Market Goat Showmanship, Breeding Boer Goat Show, Market Goat Show
Tuesday, June 15
10 a.m. – Breeding Sheep & Market Sheep Showmanship, Breeding Sheep Show, Market Sheep Show
Wednesday, June 16
12:30 p.m. – Dog Show
3 p.m. – Knowledge Bowl Contest
5 p.m. – Commercial Gilt Show
5:30 p.m. – Junior Board Ice Cream
Thursday, June 17
7 a.m. – 4-H Market Swine Show, FFA Market Swine Show
Friday, June 18
7 a.m. – 4-H Market and 4-H Commercial Gilt Showmanship, FFA Market and FFA Commercial Gilt Showmanship
4 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
Saturday, June 19
9 a.m. – Beef, Sheep, Goats, Ag Mechanics, Rabbits & Poultry Auction
9:30 a.m. – Swine Auction
1 p.m. – Entomology, Horticulture & Floriculture Show
The San Joaquin AgFest Junior Livestock & Auction is an independent event put on by an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to support and promotion of 4-H and FFA.