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AgFest 2023 Guidebook Updates

Update 1 – The 2023 Guidebook for Vocational/Still departments is now available!

Update 2 – The 2023 Guidebook livestock/live animals has been updated to now allow dairy cattle to bed on straw thanks to a sponsor that has volunteered to haul the straw away.

To access the guidebook for vocational/still departments or the updated guidebook for livestock, click here or click on the AgFest 2023 menu and select AgFest 2023 – Guidebook and Schedules.

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New to AgFest or Just Need Some Guidance?

We have created a series of checklists to help you navigate AgFest as the event approaches.

These checklists are new for 2023 and we would love to hear your feedback so that we can continue to improve them for 2023 and in coming years. You can share your feedback by commenting on this post or emailing

Checklist for Exhibiting Ag Mechanics (coming soon)

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Become an AgFest 2023 Sponsor!

The AgFest 2023 sponsorship letters have gone out. This year, we have made the sponsorship process even easier with an online form where you can submit your sponsorship and conveniently pay with a credit card, PayPal or Venmo with NO processing fees. You can also still send a check if you prefer. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities this year, go to our new online sponsorship page.

NOTE: You can still use the paper form and send a check if you prefer not to use the online form.

Become an AgFest 2023 Sponsor

If you have any questions about partnership opportunities, please contact our Marketing Chair, Jessalee Goehring, at 209-639-2828

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AgFest 2023 Theme

Jr. AgFest has selected “Generations of Champions” for the 2023 AgFest theme. This theme embarks on our 10-year anniversary of AgFest. Youth from San Joaquin County have exhibited livestock, various crops and flowers, displayed Agriculture mechanic projects and various still exhibits. It’s time to celebrate our 4-H/Grange Clubs and FFA Chapter and all of their accomplishments.

Let’s celebrate together! Your Pen Decorations is your canvas to spotlight your 4-H/Grange Club or FFA Chapter and its accomplishments. When did your 4-H Club start? When did your school start the FFA program? From spotlighting past AgFest Exhibitors showing in the show ring to a member earning their State degree. Maybe your club has been influenced by a dedicated volunteer? Did your Parents or a family member show the same animal you are? Have you ever looked at your clubs or chapters scrap books? Several schools or clubs focus on a specific learning experience in their programs. Use you pen decorations to educate other all about your programs!

“Generations of Champions” is an all-inclusive theme to celebrate your club or chapter. Spotlight your exhibitors and their projects, past and present. Every exhibitor is helping to shape the next generation of champions! Let’s celebrate “Generations of Champions” this year at AgFest!

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2023 Farm to Fork Scholarship Application

The 2023 Farm to Fork Scholarship Application is now available for download. Applicants eligible to receive a scholarship include:

– Outgoing Class of 2023 seniors who are registered to show a project at AgFest 2023
– 1st year college students from Class of 2022 who applied for a Farm to Fork scholarship in 2022

Applications and supporting documents are due April 15, 2023. See Application downloads for submission instructions.

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Important Information for Market Swine Exhibitors regarding Proposition 12 – Farm Animal Confinement Regulations

Exhibitors of market swine projects for AgFest 2023 will be subject to new Proposition 12 regulations that took effect September 1, 2022 relating to new minimum standards that have been established in California for the confinement of certain livestock species, including swine. If you are a market swine exhibitor, please read the attached statement that summarizes the new requirements and how they affect you for this upcoming AgFest 2023.

For further information about how these new regulations affect youth exhibitors in California, we encourage you to read the attached statement from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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2023 Independent Record Book

If you will be showing as an independent at AgFest 2023, please download and review the Independent Record Book below.

Important Dates:
March 15 – Exhibitor/Parent/AgFest Agreement due
March 15 – Bill of Sale and Photos must be submitted for Dairy Replacement Heifers and Market Beef
*February 1 – Ownership Date for Dairy Replacement Heifers
*February 8 – Ownership Date for Market Beef
April 11 – Bill of Sale and Photos must be submitted for Market Sheep, Market Goats, and Market Swine
*April 11 – Ownership Date for Market Sheep, Market Goats, and Market Swine
May 11 – Bill of Sale and Photos must be submitted for Market Rabbits, Market Poultry and Market Turkeys
*May 11 – Ownership Date for Market Rabbits, Market Poultry and Market Turkeys
May 12 – Photos must be submitted for all Breeding animals
*May 11 – Ownership Date for All Breeding Animals

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SJC Junior AgFest Committee – It is Not Too Late to Join!

The 2023 Junior AgFest Committee had a successful 1st meeting! A theme was voted in and will be presented at the February meeting. The next meeting will be held on February 8th at 6:30 PM. It is not too late to join…youth 13 years and older are all welcome! Just download the handbook and application and return the completed application to or to:

Jennifer Morelos
4607 S. River Road
Vernalis, CA 95385