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The 4-H program has a long-standing relationship with the local fairs.  however, each fair is unique with their own rules and expectations. Please call or visit their website for more direct information:

The Salinas Valley Fair.  For more information, please click on http://www.salinasvalleyfair.com/

The Monterey County Fair  For more information, please click on http://www.montereycountyfair.com/ or call 831.372.5863.

Santa Cruz County Fair.  For more information, please click on http://www.santacruzcountyfair.com/ 

The San Benito County Fair.  click on www.sanbenitocountyfair.com or call (831) 628-3421.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development.

YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification. View the list here, but always check the entry requirements of each show for complete details.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops.

For more detailed information, visit their website


 For members who participate at the local fairs, please review the dress code and use of the 4-H hat.