805 Ag Kids is excited to announce the 2021 805 Ag Kids Invitational Junior Livestock Show & Auction this August!

The 805 Ag Kids Invitational will include in-person markets show and online auction in August. The in-person market shows will take place August 5 & 6, 2021 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The online auction will take place August 11-13, 2021. Market Show schedule and auction details will be available soon.

IN-PERSON MARKET SHOWS:

Please note: Schedule is subject to change.
Thursday, August 5: Swine market show
Friday, August 6: All other species market shows

Exhibitors will haul in and haul out the same day. Exhibitors may only attend the day of their market show. The market shows are not open to the public at this time, due to CDFA guidelines. A specific market show day-of schedule will be provided soon.

A livestock veterinarian will be onsite at the market shows for any emergencies or necessary testing. It is expected that the same rules from previous years apply to this year’s events: No illegal substances or supplements, no mistreating of any animal, no questionable practices.

MARKET SHOW UNIFORMS:

Official 4-H, FFA, or Grange uniforms are not required. However, if your organization allows you to wear your uniform, you may if you’d like. The recommended uniform for all exhibitors is a white button up collared shirt, tie or bowtie (where applicable), dark blue jeans, matching boots and belt.

ANIMAL WEIGHTS:

Exhibitors will be required to submit their animal’s weight prior to market shows. Animals must be within the appropriate weight range to qualify for both market shows and the auction. While weights will be submitted on an honor system, any discrepancies in weight may result in the animal being weighed onsite. A date will be provided for weight submission soon.

ONLINE AUCTION:

The 2021 Junior Livestock Auction will take place online August 11-13. Buyers can begin registering now at 805AgKids.com. Registration is free. Buyers who register now will receive free tickets to the Final Bids Buyers’ BBQ on Friday, August 13 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This BBQ is only open to Buyers. Learn more about the Auction in our 2021 Buyer’s Guide.

AUCTION PARTICIPATION:

Exhibitors are required to participate in Market Show, but do not have to participate in the online auction. However, exhibitors who do not participate in the auction will not be eligible to receive add-ons (facilitated through the online auction platform) or donations (considered an add-on). If you do not plan on participating in the online auction, the deadline to be removed from the auction is Wednesday, August 4, 2021. We cannot remove participants once the auction is live for prebidding and add-ons.

AUCTION PHOTOS:

Exhibitors will be required to submit a photo of themselves with their animal for the online auction. We recommend taking your photo dressed in the same recommended Market Show uniform.

BUYER LETTERS:

Buyer letters are more important than ever this year. Every exhibitor should plan on sending out handwritten letters to ensure the best possible outcome this year. To help disseminate the information about this year’s auction and the Final Bids Buyers’ BBQ, 805 Ag Kids has printed Auction Cards that exhibitors may pick-up and include in their Buyer Letters. These Auction Cards will give potential Buyers all the information they need so that you can focus on telling your story in your letter. Please contact Megan@805AgKids.com to get your Auction Cards.

BUYER’S GUIDES:

In addition to your Buyer Letters, 805 Ag Kids is mailing out more than 300 Buyer’s Guides to local businesses, organizations, past Buyers, and potential new Buyers. If you know of an individual or business who should receive a Buyer’s Guide, please contact Megan@805AgKids.com to ensure they are on our mailing list. Additionally, 805 Ag Kids will also be emailing a PDF version of the Buyer’s Guide so email addresses are welcome too.

POST-AUCTION ANIMAL DROP-OFF:

Dates are subject to change. For exhibitors whose buyer chooses either the FOOD Share donation or processing, cut & wrap options, animals* will need to be dropped off on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Exact times will be determined at a later date. *Steers may follow a different schedule, with drop-off location at Old Fashioned Country Butcher. Exhibitors will be notified.