Special Contests

Livestock Knowledge Bowl

How much do you know about livestock? Find out by joining this team challenge! Eight teams of four participants each will battle it out, answering questions about all types of livestock shown at AgFest. Examples of past questions include: Name the four stomachs of a ruminant animal? What do you call a castrated rooster? How many needle teeth are piglets born with?

Junior Division Age 9 -13
Senior Division Age 14-18

Teams can be made of members from any club and for the Senior Division 4-H and FFA members can join together for a team. If you would like to participate, get your team together and email Marlene Hokanson at mhokanson63@outlook.com  or text  209-814-7032. You will need the name of the designated Team Captain, the names of the three other team members and the Division you will be entering. A study guide will be emailed to the Captain in advance of AgFest for you and your team to prepare.

Hay Bucking Contest

This is a test of your strength and speed as you are timed in your ability to move a stack of hay bales across a distance.

Sign-ups available during AgFest.

Supreme Champion Drive

Large Market Animals – Beef, Sheep. Goats, Swine

Watch the species champions from 4-H and FFA compete for overall champion!

Will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the FFA Market Swine Show

Livestock Judging Contest – Hosted by Modesto Junior College

Test your ability to judge different species of livestock against a standard. Participates will be asked to place a group of animals and provide their reasons for the placing.

Sign-ups available during AgFest.

Costume Contest

One of the highlights of AgFest! Dress up to compete for bragging rights. Show off your creativity by dressing up with your animal. Open to all AgFest exhibitors!

Sign-ups available during AgFest.

Note – There is a separate costume event for Clovers..See the “Special Events” page for details.

Floral Design Challenge

This live competition is a fun way to try your hand at floral design. All flowers, materials and tools will be provided.  Participants will have 45 minutes to create an original design in the style of their choice. Judging based on creativity, incorporating elements of design, proper use of tools and safety.  

Sign up online by Wednesday, May 9th, 2020

Clean Pen Awards

The purpose of clean pen awards is to promote attractive and educational presentations of projects. All 4-H and FFA groups showing the following market animals: beef, (including Dairy, which is not market), sheep, swine, goats, rabbits, and poultry are eligible to enter the contest. A sign identifying the group must be displayed. An educational component MUST also be included as a part of your decorations. This is a great opportunity for youth to teach what they’ve learned! Judging will occur twice throughout the course of AgFest under the supervision of the AgFest Junior Board with input from Barn Chairs.