The Ramona Junior Fair kicked off Saturday with animal shows in the dog, rabbit/cavy and poultry categories.
The Junior Fair continues through this weekend and culminates with an awards and closing ceremony on Sunday before final take down from the show grounds on Monday. Other shows are being held for goats, horses, swine, sheep, market beef and dairy cattle.
Here are a few of the contestants who competed on Saturday morning at the fairgrounds, at 431 Aqua Lane.
Name: Kwenmefaap Linton
Animal: Holland Lop named Prince
Kwenmefaap was showing an animal for the first time after participating in the Ramona 4-H Wranglers for two years. She said she joined 4-H because her older brother, Sonny, 13, had been in 4-H and she thought it would be fun.
She chose to raise a Holland Lop, a popular rabbit breed, because they’re fluffy, she said.
Prince runs around a lot in her big yard in Ramona.
“I liked to run around with him,” she said, adding that she would be excited to win a ribbon with Prince. “I fed him and watered him. He was a lot of fun.”
Name: Tonatiuh Rivera
Animal: Rooster named Senior Pato
Tonatiuh was showing his rooster, a rare breed of Blue Copper Maran, in the poultry category. His rooster’s name means “Mr. Duck” in Spanish, he said.
It’s the first time Tonatiuh has shown an animal at the Junior Fair as a Ramona Stars 4-H member.
Although new to showing, he is experienced at raising other poultry, including Rhode Island Reds, Easter Eggs and Ameraucanas.
“I wanted to do something different and with chickens,” Tonatiuh said about why he chose a rooster. “I thought it would be a lot easier to raise because it’s a lot smaller than the usual animals.”
Name: Sienna Deponte
Animal: German shepherd named Rock
Sienna is an experienced show participant who lives in Escondido. She brought an Australian shepherd named Sonic along with her German shepherd named Rock to the Junior Fair.
She’s also shown dogs and guinea pigs at the San Diego County Fair.
“I’ve been showing here awhile,” Sienna said. “I really like this fair and I think it’s super fun and enjoyable.”
The 56 Ranchers 4-H member said she takes her dogs on long walks and spends as much time as she can train them and prepare them for shows.
“It’s great when I’m training them because I create a strong bond with them and form lots of memories,” said Sienna, who has been showing dogs since 2019. “I like the rallies — they’re like an obstacle course for dogs — and that changes with each show.”
Sienna said she’s learned a lot of new things while participating in 4-H but she’s also learning new things with Sonic, who is still a puppy.
“I’m learning with him and we’re growing together,” she said.
Name: Reann Sinderud
Animal: American corgi named CP
Reann joined the Santa Ysabel/Julian 4-H club a year ago because her mom and dad both participated in 4-H when they were kids.
She already has experience showing CP at an AKC Pee Wee Show held at Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center in May.
Reann named her dog CP because it stands for Corgi Puppy, she said. She chose to raise a corgi because her grandmother had a corgi named Ozzie and gave Reann her own corgi.
“She does cool tricks,” Reann said. “I showed her how to do the command, ‘up,’ which is to stand on her hind legs. I also enjoy brushing her and taking her for walks.”
Name: Kassidy Jordan
Animal: pug-Boston terrier mix named Mia
Kassidy has been in the Ramona Wranglers 4-H for eight years, raising goats and bunnies along the way.
She said she chose to enter Mia in the Junior Fair show because she is her best-behaving pug. She knows all the commands and routines needed for the show, Kassidy said.
“A few years ago, I showed her at the Ramona Junior Fair,” Kassidy said. “I liked how I got to see her transformed into a more obedient dog.”
Name: Chase King
Animal: Turkey named Senorita
Chase is raising a turkey and three meat chickens as a member of the 56 Ranchers 4-H club in Escondido.
“I’ve always been into poultry,” said Chase, who has been with the club for eight years. “I’ve always had good luck with them and I enjoy working with them. They’re easy to work with and most of them are friendly.”
If Senorita wins a ribbon in the show, it would be entered in the fair’s animal auction, either as a Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion, he said. The turkeys usually fetch about $5 per pound, he said.
He was also considering entering a go-cart in the Industrial Arts Division of this year’s fair, but he and a friend weren’t able to finish it on time.
One of the reasons he shows animals at the Junior Fair is because Escondido doesn’t have any fairs.
“The Ramona Junior Fair is one of the closer fairs and we know a lot of people here,” said Chase, who has also raised pigs and chickens. “It’s fun to come show animals and hang out with friends.”