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Livestock Show and Auction Canceled for the 2020 Madera Fair

"It is with heavy hearts that we, the Madera District Fair Board of Directors, announce the cancellation of all of the livestock shows and auction at the 2020 Madera Fair. This was a difficult decision to make in this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we feel that it was made in the best interest of our exhibitors, their leaders, instructors and our community.
We recognize the important role that the livestock program and junior livestock auction plays in our community for our 4-H and FFA exhibitors, their families, and the buyers who graciously support them every year. However, with ownership deadlines looming, school farms being closed to students, and businesses suffering economic losses from the State shutdown we feel that the most prudent action at this point is not to encourage exhibitors to purchase and invest in projects that may not return a profit in 2020.
We are aware of a number of exhibitors who have already purchased projects, as the first ownership deadline for market beef was on May 11th and we received a number of potential entries at that time. Our goal is to develop a program that will allow these exhibitors, as well as others who have already purchased animals, to be matched with buyers to sell their animals. We do not know what this process will look like at this point, but will be working with local supporters to determine the best method to make these connections and to provide support to the youth in our community who have already seen so much disappointment this year.
At this time, the annual Fair is still being planned for September but with significant modifications due to social distancing guidelines. As we continue to work with State and local officials, we will keep the community informed of our status and ask for your support with these difficult decisions that must be made in these difficult times.
In our hearts, we hope to see you all soon so that we can celebrate as a community, but until then please stay safe and healthy."
Isabel Barreras, Board President
Rosanne Bonilla
Skip Petitt
Billie Jelks-Hood
Butch Ricketts
Lois Leonard
Stephanie Simonian
Patty Manfredi
Sheryl Sisil

2018 and 2019 Fair Checks

Letters were sent out to the exhibitors that have not picked up their 2018 & 2019 fair checks. If you have received a letter, please call the office at (559) 674-8511 to verify if payment will need to be reissued. Reissued payments typically take 2-3 days to process. Checks may be mailed upon receiving a written consent authorizing MDF to release payment as it will be your responsibility if check gets lost during delivery. At this time the fair office is currently closed until further notice. If you would like to pick up the check you may contact us to schedule an appointment for pick up.


In order to participate in a youth livestock program (excluding horse, cavies & dogs) at any California Fair, all exhibitors 9 years of age and older must obtain annual certification in the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) program or a comparable fair run program approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Fairs and Expositions Branch. Those not certified through a youth education certification program on the issues of animal welfare, food safety and character education are not eligible to participate at a California Fair. Madera Fair has opted to require Mini Member exhibitors younger than 9 to take the YQCA training as well.



Online training costs $12 per exhibitor and may be completed at any time prior to entry deadline.

If you are looking to save a little, there are a number of instructor led training's that are currently being offered here in the valley which will cost $3 per exhibitor. This training will still require you to register in advance through the website. A list of training's being offered locally is listed below, but since there are new ones being added all of the time, please visit for current training's. Also, please be aware that people who are offering these instructor led training's are volunteering their time. If you attend one of these training's, please arrive early and make sure that your registration has been completed so that the class does not get held up.

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