Held prior to opening on Kids Day.
Kids 4-12 years old running the race enter the Fair free! Pre-Registration (preferred) at Fair Office Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm. Family members must purchase Fair Entry Ticket. Flyer and Entry Form. Check-in begins at 9:30 am in the Plaza by the Placerville Drive Gate.
Funnel Cake Eating Contest
Daily at 2:00pm in the Clifton & Warren Kids' Corral
Free to enter with Fair Admission. Pre-entry not required. Speed contest. Adult and Children's age groups. Come hungry!
Kids Big Wheel Races
Daily at 6:00pm near the Organ Room Lawn
Free to enter with Fair admission (4-7 years old). Pre-entry not required. Everyone gets a ribbon for participating. Be on time to get your place in the competition.
Live Concert! Featuring local amateur musicians. Whether you would like to showcase your band, gain exposure or practice in front of a live audience, sign up today to perform at the El Dorado County Fair! To sign up or ask questions, please contact the Fair office at 530-621-5860. Entry Form
Friday at 6:30pm
Sponsored by Doug Veerkamp. Young cowboys and girls riding sheep for fame and glory! Winner receives a buckle! Limited to 36 Busters. $45 entry includes T-shirt and one adult admission into the Fair. Must reserve spot prior to the Fair. Contestants must arrive by 6:00pm. Entry Form & Waiver
Humpz & Hornz Bull Riding
Friday at 8:00pm
Bulls, Cowboys, and Clowns - Watch from the grandstands! Free to attend with fair addmission.
El Dorado Idol CompetitionSaturday and Sunday
Preliminary Competition: Saturday at 4:30pm, Budweiser Community Stage.
Finals: Sunday at 7:15pm, Wells Fargo Stage. Contestants must pre-register by June 13 by calling the Fair Office at 530.621.5860 and completing a Liability Release
Rubicon Jeep Jamboree Challenge
Sunday at 2:00pm
Rubicon Trail Foundation's Rock Race and Trailer Skills Challenge. Advance registration required. Enter Online Flyer
Hay Bucking Contest
Saturday at 6:00pm
Clifton and Warren
Scored on speed-and quality of the load for the older groups. Watch the little ones figure out a technique of their own to get the hay into the truck with the help of a partner the same size... Lots of fun to watch/participate! Free to enter with Fair admission. Two people per team. Register at the Equestrian Arena. Trophies to winning teams Youth • Women's • Co-ed • Men's.
Father Child look-a-like Contest
Father's Day at 3:00pm
Sign Up at 2:55pm near the Budweiser Community Stage.
Categories for all Dads! Father/Son • Father/Daughter • Multi-generations
John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races
Saturday at 7:00pm
Calling all men, women, boys & girls – enter the Kiwanis’ John M. Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races today! Enter Online or follow directions on the Entry Form PDF. Watch from the grandstands! Free to attend with fair addmission.
Plein Air Painting
Prizes: 1st Place - $100 • 2nd Place - $75 • 3rd Place – $25. Cash prizes will only be paid if there are 5 exhibitors or more. Adults age 18+. Pre-registration required, due May 24 with free admission, same day signup June 15 – must pay admission. Entry fee is $10. Check-in between 12:00-2:00pm, completed by 6:00pm. Exhibitors will have an entry ticket at will call (Armory Road Gate) on day of contest. More information and Entry Form
El Dorado County Pageant
Thursday at 5:30pm Budweiser Community Stage
Areas of competition: formal wear, casual wear (fair wear), on-stage question & panel interview
Age divisions: Jr. Miss: ages 12-15, Teen: ages 16-19, Miss: ages 20-29 | For more information e-mail or call/text: 530.306.1199 | Flyer
Running of the Short Legs DOG RACE & COSTUME PARADE
Thursday and Saturday
Costume Parade 3:00
Race to follow
Sponsored by Cool Feed and Ranch Supply Pre-registration and waiver are required. Entry Form
For more information, please contact the Fair Office at 530-621-5860.