Junior Fair Showcases Talented Youth Charlene Pulsonetti - Ramona Home Journal Thu, Jul 11, 2019 The Ramona Junior Fair is a celebration of hard
Junior Fair Showcases Talented Youth
Charlene Pulsonetti – Ramona Home Journal
Thu, Jul 11, 2019
The Ramona Junior Fair is a celebration of hard work, self-reliance, knowledge and craft — elements that strongly contribute to country life.
For the first time in more than 10 years, the Ramona Junior Fair, which runs from July 29 to Aug. 4, will intersect with the Ramona Country Fair, which runs from Aug. 1 to 4.
It is fitting, then, that the Junior Fair’s 2019 theme will be “Good Old Country Fair.”
“We are looking forward to (the events) being back together, for the benefit of the community,” says Junior Fair Board President Jeff Becker.
Local youth ages 5 to 18 who are members of Future Farmers of America, 4-H and the Grange will show or exhibit everything from market livestock and other animals, to preserved foods, art and crafted wood items, all at the Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Ln., adjacent to the Ramona Outdoor Community Center.
The event is run through donations from community sponsors as well as fundraisers, such as the Junior Fair Pie Auction, Barbecue, and Truck and Tractor Show, which will be held on July 13.
“The pie auction was born out of family rivalries,” Becker says, explaining that in the early days, families would boast who had the best desserts for their potluck dinners.
In more recent years, around 90 desserts go up for bids and can earn hundreds of dollars each.
“It’s a wonderful tradition,” he says.
The Pie Auction and Barbecue will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 13 at the Junior Fairgrounds. Those who wish to participate in the truck and tractor show should contact Crissy Tobiason at 951-809-6486. Truck and tractor entry is $10.
Junior Fair opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29. The public is invited to watch market and showmanship events starting Tuesday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to the early afternoon.
The livestock auction will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 at noon, though buyers are required to check in at
10 a.m. An appreciation dinner for buyers will follow.
Visit ramonajuniorfair.com for the full calendar of events.
According to Becker, the Junior Fair is a volunteer-run event that depends on support from local businesses and individuals. Funds raised also help keep fees low for participants, who are otherwise responsible for raising their livestock and preparing other projects that will be exhibited.
While animals and exhibits are the Junior Fair’s main attraction, what’s really impressive is seeing the spirit and talent of our community’s local youth.
July 29 (Monday) - August 4 (Sunday)
431 Aqua Lane