Since pedigreed bunnies often have a higher price tag, some people think that raising and selling show rabbits is a more lucrative enterprise than raising them for pets or meat. True, the nation’s top breeders can easily sell their bunnies for hundreds of dollars each, but it takes years and years of dedication to reach that point. Even if you start with top-dollar breeding stock, you need to produce several generations and develop your own line before you will be consistently successful on the show table. This involves taking the time to learn how to evaluate rabbits according to the Standard of Perfection, as the judges do. It involves producing hundreds of bunnies in order to select the few that are of higher quality than the parents. It involves time and money spent on traveling to shows around your state, and often around the country. The truth is that there are so many extra costs involved in raising show rabbits and building a reputation, that if you really want to turn a profit, you’re more likely to succeed by raising bunnies for pets or meat.
Yolo County Fair August 19-23
Yolo County Fairground
1250 E. Gum St
The first Yolo County Fair was held in the late summer of 1893 with horse racing being the main event. The Fair continued for several years until pari-mutuel horse racing was outlawed.
The Yolo County Fair was incorporated in 1935. Records indicated that the fair, once established and the 40th District Agricultural Association, was expanded to include a horse show (1936) and industrial show (1937). Under the provisions of Section 81 of the California Agricultural Code, the petition for the 40th DAA was submitted in 1937.
The current 55-acre fairgrounds site, which was the former “Blowers Ranch,” was purchased by the DAA Board of Directors in 1940. The existing buildings included a farm house, horse and cattle barns and a bunk house. Later a stock building was built and the exhibit building was relocated from the previous site.
In 1942 the DAA Board discontinued the fair due to World War II. The fair resumed six years later in 1948. Since that time the Yolo County Fair has operated successfully each year and has expanded the structures and scope to accommodate a successful annual fair and related non-fair activities. The Yolo County Fair is the largest and oldest free gate fair in California. It maintains this status because of the hundreds of volunteers, county/community support, sponsorships, and partnerships with county businesses and individuals.