'Swifty Swines' to best in show: Livestock at the San Diego County Fair

Posted at 5:17 PM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 20:17:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A major draw every summer at the San Diego County Fair are animals.

From the Swifty Swine pig races to numerous best in show competitions, families have the chance to get up close to livestock every day of the fair.

Youth livestock programs, including 4-H and the Future Farmers of America, will provide members the chance to showcase their pets, learn about care and feeding, and teach San Diegans about farm animals during the summer.

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Milking demonstrations also give a glimpse of life on the farm for city folk who may not be familiar with the work.

Best in show competitions between llamas, goats, cattle, even pigeons also give locals an up-close look at many animals they may only see on a trip to a farm.

One of the big draws of the fair is the livestock show open daily. Families routinely walk the aisles lined with cows, sheep, pigs, and more.

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Perhaps the cutest event of them all is the Swifty Swine pig races. The adorable swines race several times daily, all to capture the coveted Oreo cookie waiting at the finish line.

But there's even more animal racing action, in the spirit of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Turkeys will compete to capture a remote-control monster truck packed with turkey treats and worms — yes, worms — will try to be the first to wiggle themselves across their own racing finish line.