The Vanoni family keeps the memory of Uncle Leo alive with an educational display each year. The barn gives fairgoers of all ages the opportunity to get up close to farm animals and learn more about them. Uncle Leo’s Barn is a must see at the Ventura County Fair!

In 1956 Leo & Rita Vanoni and a group of other 4-H leaders put together a display of barnyard animals for the fair in an old tent. Leo & Rita saw the need to continue to provide this connection to agriculture for Ventura County families. The exhibit became "Uncle Leo's Barn" and is a Ventura County Fair tradition.


Uncle Leo’s Barn is a place where kids of all ages have the opportunity to learn a little about Ventura County agriculture. Connecting kids and agriculture is what Uncle Leo’ Barn is all about - watching the sow and piglets play, milking a very special cow and driving in the Kids’ Tractor Pull make Uncle Leo’s Barn a favorite place for the young and the young-at-heart during the Ventura County Fair.