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San Diego County Fair Exhibits

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Exhibit Department Hours

Sunday-Thursday   Fair Opening - 10:00PM
Friday-Saturday   Fair Opening - 11:00PM
July 4   Fair Opening - Midnight
Game On!
Home & Hobby Show   Design in Wood
Fine Art   Exhibition of Photography
Student Showcase   Creative Youth
Best of K-6 Schools   Gems, Minerals & Jewelry
Animals   Flower & Garden Show
The Infield Farm   San Diego Pavilion
My Big Fair Wedding   The Courage to Remember
World Memorial Exhibit    

Game On!
Theme Exhibit

Located in the Activity Center
near the O'Brien Gate

Life is a game — play it! And in this year's Theme exhibit, there's nothing but fun and games for all ages. Whether its board games, card games, traditional games, roll-playing games, miniatures or video/mobile games there is something for everyone at this year's Game On! Exhibit. Here's what there is to look forward to:

• The world's most iconic game image is brought to life, or should we say larger-than-life, with a 10' Monopoly board and race car token — perfect for a photo opportunity, you may even discover a modern day Rich "Uncle" Pennybags.

• Larger-than-life versions of Dominos, Operation, Chess, Tumble Tower and Four in a Row are ready and waiting for fairgoers to play all day long — and watch for special versions of these favorites on Family Game Nights.

• Sit down for five minutes or five hours and learn a new game from one of our game partners — Game Empire, Pair A Dice Games and Wiggity Bang Games — Magic Feather, Quao, Euro games and many more will be featured.

• Interested in a career in games? Learn about what it takes to break into the video and mobile gaming industry with help from Arts Institute of California and UCSD Extension; after an education of a life time, Wired Talent can help you find your dream job.

• Stop by the Gam3rcon Video Game Lounge, and the Retro Arcade for non-stop action that will take you to another world.

• If game shows are your thing, join the audience and get selected for our original and unique, over the top and out of the box game shows featured daily at 12PM and 5 PM. Play FURT, the Game Show and The Game Game Show

• The Bar-cade is the place to stop off for a cool beverage so your house of cards doesn't collapse from the pressure!

• Take a guided tour of the history of games with our resident game historian, Dr. Wayne Saunders

• Want to get a clue about Parlor Games? Join our very own Professor Plum on Thursday afternoons for a special lesson, but watch out for the wrench!

• Each day there will be a series of guest speakers who will discuss game creation, what's new in gaming, how artwork is developed, where an idea comes from, and what the future may bring — really, just a bunch of cards!

• Join the fun each weekend for Monopoly weekends with screening and stars from the documentary "Under the Boardwalk," Monopoly tournaments on Saturdays and Sundays (visit kidstocamp.org to see how you can be a competitor), and don't miss the finals on July 4 where the winner becomes eligible for an upcoming Monopoly world series.

• Meet the creator of Killer Bunnies (killer dude!), Jeffrey Bellinger a San Diego resident and high school teacher, at Killer Bunnies weekend June 14 - 16.

• Be part of the Miniatures Tournament Weekend, June 21 - 23, as a player or observer (visit GameEmpire.com to see how you can bring your troops to the table.)

• Learn to play the hand you are dealt during Competitive Card Game Weekend, June 28- 30 for Magic, Kaijudo and more (visit PairADiceGames.com to learn how you can get lost in the shuffle.)

• If you like to follow the rules of the game, but don't want to be left holding all the cards find out about the history of games from Scrabble to Battleship to Chutes & Ladders and more, perhaps a little game history lesson will inspire a gaming renaissance at your house!

• Play the latest games developed right here in San Diego County by USAopoly. Enjoy original creations like Telestrations, Tapple and Cross-Ways as well as branded favorites like Clue Big Band Theory Collector's Edition, Monolopy Nintendo Collector's Edition, Scrabble The Beatles Edition, Yahtzee Hello Kitty Collector's Edition and much, much more.

Watch out for Spontaneous Tornado Jockey, the Game Tower, Family Game Night and many other surprised that will help you have fun as you go through the game of life — the cards are stacked in your favorat the Game On! Theme Exhibit.



Home & Hobby Show

This exhibit is located on the second floor of the west Grandstand and is where you will find all of the "traditional" Fair exhibits- needlework, sewing projects, knitting, quilts, preserved food, crafts, baked goods, decorated cakes and more! Unique to this exhibit is a display of collections, miniatures, models and coin/stamp collections. Collections range from memorabilia to antiques, to the truly unusual fit for a Ripley's Believe it or Not! Exhibit. Most days during the Fair, the department holds a One Day Contest open to any member of the public wanting to participate. Participation gets you free admission to the Fair simply by bringing your entry and contest form to the front gate during the allotted time. Demonstrators from various clubs and guilds provide demonstrations of their craft such as quilting, weaving, lacemaking and more everyday. A state of the art kitchen houses daily cooking demos and other fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Check the program for specific times and schedule.

New This Year: Decorated Christmas Trees- participants will supply and decorate a Christmas tree up to 4' Tall and compete for the best decorated tree.

New Contests: Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship, Re-purposed Plastic Grocery Store Bags, Bisquick Family Favorites Recipe, Karo Sweet Treats for Sweethearts, "Game On! Chili Cook Off," and Gold Medal Flour Scratch Bakers Cookie Challenge

Returning Favorite Contests: The Great American Spam Championship, Yarn Block, Help a Child Smile benefitting the Palomar Hospital Child Abuse Program, Quilt of Valor Quilt Block, Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship, and Antiques


Design in Wood

Design in Wood

This competition and exhibit is put on in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. Woodworkers from all over the world compete for honors each year. Exquisite furniture, instruments, carvings, clocks, children's toys and much more can be found in this exhibit located on the north side of the Fair's Mission Tower Building. Many pieces are for sale directly from the crafter and many pieces are museum-quality. Special features include an 18th Century Children's Chair Shop. Volunteer woodworkers build children's chairs using traditional tools and donate them to various children's charities. Demonstrations are also put on by violin makers, wood carvers and turners and other masters of their craft. Daily docent tours for the public are offered. Check the program for listings.


Art show

Fine Art

This exhibit is located on the 1st floor of the east grandstand (clubhouse side). The exhibition included 2-D and 3-D work by some of the area's best artists. The public is invited to tour the exhibit and vote for the daily People's Choice award. Demonstrations by various art guilds and associations happen outdoors in front of the exhibit in the area known as the Turf Club Courtyard every day. Some special events include:

Plein Air Painting Contest, Thursday, June 20: Artists bring their canvases and painting supplies and are given 4 hours to paint a scene at the Fair. All paintings are returned to the Turf Club courtyard for judging and viewing by the public from 4:15PM to 6:00PM that day.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival, June 29 - 30 on the East Tarmac (east of the Grandstand stage) 10AM to 5PM: Chalk artists will be painting on their asphalt canvases both days and kids are invited to try their hand at their own sidewalk chalk creations.

Small Image Contest, Thursday June 13: The trick to this contest is all artwork must not exceed 7" in any direction making it a unique challenge! Participation gets you free admission to the Fair that day.


Exhibition of Photography

This exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the east grandstand and features a display of extraordinary photography by artists from all over the country. Over 4,000 photographs are entered in the show with only a fraction of those given the honor of being displayed. The photography show offers classes and seminars for photographers of all levels.

2013 Exhibition of Photography Photo Workshops

Located in the Veranda Cafe, second floor East Grandstand
* = New for 2013

Saturday, June 8

1:00PM: Photosurrealism -- What It Is and How to Make It* (Jim Respess)
Surrealist imagery features the element of surprise, often by placing objects in positions that are otherwise impossible in the physical world, and the effect can be enhanced by making the image appear to be photographed. Jim will show how digital technology allows us to manipulate many photos together to create a new scene resembling a single photo that is physically impossible. Jim is a professional artist, photographer, printer and Photoshop guru who owns Green Flash Photography in San Diego. All skill levels.

2:30PM: Concert Photography 101* (Alan Hess)
Everything you wanted to know about shooting concert performances, from requesting credentials, to picking the right gear for the job, to how to get proper exposures under the toughest conditions. Alan is a long-time concert photographer and the author of 10 photography and technology books including the top rated ALL ACCESS: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography. All skill levels

4:00PM: iPhone-ography (Jack Davis)
Jack will show with samples and demonstrations of why smart phones are changing the world of photography. He will focus on several areas of iPhotography, from editing apps to ways of sharing and archiving photos. Jack is an award-winning photographer and coauthor of a dozen titles including the bestselling guide to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book (more than a million copies in 12 languages), and How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography. All skill levels.

5:30PM: Photoshop for Photographers (Larry Vogel)
Larry will present Photoshop techniques to help photographers improve their processing skills. Each session will be unique. Topics will include processing raw files, retouching, adjustment layers, and color corrections. Larry, who runs the Digital Photo Exchange in Oceanside, has been a fine art photographer and workshop presenter for more than 25 years and regularly conducts group critiques. All skill levels.

7:00PM: Photoshop on the Fly--Projected Image Critique Session (Larry Vogel)
Larry asks that participants bring up to three images on a jump drive to be included in a special Projected Image Critique session. During the critique Larry will use Photoshop to demonstrate and suggest improvements. Photographers may submit files or just sit in on the critiques. All skill levels.

Sunday, June 9

1:00PM: Photoshop: Contrast and Color--K.I.S.S.! (John Watts)
What makes a good color print, and how can you use the basics of Photoshop to make one? Using his K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, John will show how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them with just a few key but critical functions. John owns Watts Digital Imaging in El Cajon, and teaches Photoshop and digital printing to photographers nationwide. Beginner-intermediate.

2:30PM: Working with RAW in Photoshop (John Watts)
The Adobe Camera RAW Plug-in is a powerful program that lets you work with your camera's RAW files before importing them into Photoshop. You'll capture much more information in a RAW file than in a JPEG, and you should shoot in RAW for important work. Beginner-intermediate.

4:15-7:00PM: Shootout
Fee, advance registration required

Friday, June 14

4:15-7:00PM: Shootout*
Fee, advance registration required

Saturday, June 15

1:00PM: Photoshop: Color Management 101 (John Watts)
Proper Color Management, in a nutshell, allows you to accurately print what you see on your monitor, whether it is to your inkjet printer or files you send to a custom lab. You'll learn the three steps to successful color management and how to implement them into your Photoshop workflow. John owns Watts Digital Imaging in El Cajon, and teaches Photoshop and digital printing to photographers nationwide. Beginner-intermediate.

2:30PM: Discovering San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts* (Scott B. Davis)
Insights about MOPA -- its collection, history, and how the museum enriches the photography community in our region. Scott is the museum's director of exhibitions and design. All skill levels.

4:00PM: Shoot for Story, Edit for Perception* (Kurt Lightfoot)
The power of your photo begins with the raw visual content of the story you are telling, and editing in Adobe Lightroom and/or Photoshop conveys your story to the viewer. This workshop leads you through that "story-perception" process using photos of pets, landscapes, portraits, events and car culture as examples. Kurt is principal photographer at Déjà Vu Photo Services specializing in photojournalism and narrative photographic styles to capture the story of client events, groups, individuals, and cultural activities. All skill levels.

5:30PM: Secrets of Successful Travel Photography (Jim Cline)
Jim will reveal the secrets and techniques he employs to take his travel photography to the next level -- from planning the trip to arriving home. He'll tell how to use light to maximum advantage and how to photograph people to help capture the spirit of a place, including how to feel comfortable approaching strangers for photos. Jim Cline Photography offers international photo tours and workshops. All skill levels.

7:00PM: Get Exposure! (Jack Warren)
If your photos look like postcards, if you've always wanted to do something with them, attend this class in how to get the media's attention. Jack will explain how to get your work noticed, how to become a recognized expert photographer in a particular genre, and how to get media coverage. Jack hosts Internet radio shows for Shutterbug Magazine and wsRadio.com and is a marketing consultant to UT San Diego Radio. All skill levels.

Sunday, June 16

1:00PM: Alternative Processes in the 21st Century (Will Gibson)
Processes that were developed in the 1800s are experiencing a resurgence due in part to the modern ability to create digital negatives. Get an overview of these processes and a printing demonstration. Will has been a professional commercial and fine art photographer for more than 30 years and teaches photography at Palomar College and UCSD Extension. All skill levels.

2:30PM: The Power of Adobe Lightroom (Will Gibson)
Lightroom is a powerful photographer's tool for organizing, processing and outputting your digital images. Even experienced Photoshop users can save a lot of time by incorporating Lightroom in their workflow, using focus stacking as an example. Intermediate.

4:00PM: Photo Art: The Fair vs. the Galleries* (Joe Nalven)
If you compared art from the Fair this year with that found in San Diego galleries, how would it differ? What if we put the Fair images in the galleries and vice versa -- would anyone notice? Joe will use award winners from the 2013 Photo Show to explore any differences in quality, or reputation. Joe writes for U-T San Diego's online arts section, Sketchbook, and is a member of the Digital Art Guild in San Diego and The PhotoArts Group in Escondido. All skill levels.

5:30PM: Photoshop for Photographers (Larry Vogel)
Larry will present Photoshop techniques to help photographers improve their processing skills. Each session will be unique. Topics will include processing raw files, retouching, adjustment layers, and color corrections. Larry, who runs the Digital Photo Exchange in Oceanside, has been a fine art photographer and workshop presenter for more than 25 years and regularly conducts group critiques. All skill levels.

7:00PM: Photoshop on the Fly -- Projected Image Critique Session (Larry Vogel)
Larry asks that participants bring up to three images on a jump drive to be included in a special Projected Image Critique session. During the critique Larry will use Photoshop to demonstrate and suggest improvements. Photographers may submit files or just sit in on the critiques. All skill levels.

Saturday, June 22

1:00PM: Photoshop: Contrast and Color--K.I.S.S.! (John Watts)
What makes a good color print, and how can you use the basics of Photoshop to make one? Using his K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, John will show how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them with just a few key but critical functions. John owns Watts Digital Imaging in El Cajon, and teaches Photoshop and digital printing to photographers nationwide. Beginner-intermediate.

2:30PM: Working with RAW in Photoshop (John Watts)
The Adobe Camera RAW Plug-in is a powerful program that lets you work with your camera's RAW files before importing them into Photoshop. You'll capture much more information in a RAW file than in a JPEG, and you should shoot in RAW for important work. Beginner-intermediate.

4:15-7:00PM: Shootout
Fee, advance registration required

Sunday, June 23

1:00PM: HDRI: Is It Worth the Effort? (N. David King)
HDRI has become the Zone System of the digital world in a quest to capture more of the dynamic range we perceive. David will explore why we want to use it, how it is done, if it is "real or fake" and if used for contrast control why it is different from special processing techniques in film. An associate professor of photography at San Diego City College, David has 40 years experience as a commercial photographer. Intermediate-advanced.

2:30PM: Is Photography an Art? Part II* (N. David King)
David again tackles this controversy head on, continuing last year's talk about what constitutes "art" and then seeing where photography fits into that definition. Few, if any, sacred cows will be spared, so come ready to throw away limited views of photography and see it in a broader spectrum. All skill levels.

4:00PM: The All Seeing Eye: Developing Your Visual Literacy* (Joaquin Ortiz)
Joaquin will develop your skills in reading and analyzing a visual image to become a better viewer and creator of photographs. He is director of education at the Museum of Photographic Arts. All skill levels.

5:30PM: So You Want to Print on Canvas? (N. David King)
What are the pros and cons of printing photographic images on canvas and what must you do to prepare your files and properly finish and display images using this traditional art medium? Intermediate-advanced.

7:00PM: Photoshop for Photographers (Larry Vogel)
Larry will present Photoshop techniques to help photographers improve their processing skills. Each session will be unique. Topics will include processing raw files, retouching, adjustment layers, and color corrections. Larry, who runs the Digital Photo Exchange in Oceanside, has been a fine art photographer and workshop presenter for more than 25 years and regularly conducts group critiques. All skill levels.

Saturday, June 29

1:00PM: Photoshop: Contrast and Color--K.I.S.S.! (John Watts)
What makes a good color print, and how can you use the basics of Photoshop to make one? Using his K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, John will show how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them with just a few key but critical functions. John owns Watts Digital Imaging in El Cajon, and teaches Photoshop and digital printing to photographers nationwide. Beginner-intermediate.

2:30PM: Working with RAW in Photoshop (John Watts)
The Adobe Camera RAW Plug-in is a powerful program that lets you work with your camera's RAW files before importing them into Photoshop. You'll capture much more information in a RAW file than in a JPEG, and you should shoot in RAW for important work. Beginner-intermediate.

4:00PM: Photoshop: Color Management 101 (John Watts)
Proper Color Management, in a nutshell, allows you to accurately print what you see on your monitor, whether it is to your inkjet printer or files you send to a custom lab. You'll learn the three steps to successful color management and how to implement them into your Photoshop workflow. John owns Watts Digital Imaging in El Cajon, and teaches Photoshop and digital printing to photographers nationwide. Beginner-intermediate.

5:30PM: Custom Picture Framing for Photography (Jeremy Dunaway)
When you want to display photos do you automatically go to a big chain store and buy an off-the-shelf frame? Jeremy will explain all the different options for framing your photographs. The owner of ArtWare Picture Framing in San Diego, he has been a framer for almost 20 years. All skill levels.

7:00PM: So You Want to Print on Cups? Tiles? Metal? * (Connie Madore)
Connie will explain which photographs look best on different alternative surfaces and where to get the work done. She and her husband, Ron, own The Printmaker.net in San Diego, which specializes in printing fine art and photos using archival papers and inks and printing on tiles, mugs and mouse pads. All skill levels.

Sunday, June 30

1:00PM: Secrets Of Zoo Photography (Ron Garrison Ron will talk about how to overcome the unique problems of photographing through glass, wire and fences as well as dealing with poor lighting, crowds, uncooperative subjects and other problems to get those special pictures of animals, plants, family members and views. Ron was lead photographer of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park for 38 years. All skill levels.

2:30PM: Flash Photography Modification (Larry McDaniel)
Larry will show how you can get the best image possible with TTL/speedlights by using modifications such as soft boxes, umbrellas, beauty dishes and bounce cards. Enjoy the ability to control contrast and color along with creating spotlight and other special effects with these light-control tools and accessories. Larry, who is manager at Calumet Photographic in Escondido, has been a professional photographer for more than 35 years, teaches photography and has helped judge previous Photo Shows. Beginner-intermediate.

4:00PM: Macro Photography (Larry McDaniel)
Experience the joy of close-up photography! Larry will discuss optics, depth of field, lighting and helpful tools. Participants can bring their own cameras and macro lenses and ask questions on how best to use them. Beginner-intermediate.

5:30PM: Photoshop for Photographers (Larry Vogel)
Larry will present Photoshop techniques to help photographers improve their processing skills. Each session will be unique. Topics will include processing raw files, retouching, adjustment layers, and color corrections. Larry, who runs the Digital Photo Exchange in Oceanside, has been a fine art photographer and workshop presenter for more than 25 years and regularly conducts group critiques. All skill levels.

7:00PM: Photoshop on the Fly -- Projected Image Critique Session (Larry Vogel)
Larry asks that participants bring up to three images on a jump drive to be included in a special Projected Image Critique session. During the critique Larry will use Photoshop to demonstrate and suggest improvements. Photographers may submit files or just sit in on the critiques. All skill levels.


Student Showcase

This exhibit is located on the 1st floor of the West Grandstand and features student projects from Grades 7-Community College competing for honors. In this exhibit, vocational education such as art, graphic design, websites, photography, woodworking, metal shop, auto shop, CAD, architecture, fashion design, yearbooks, school newspapers and much more shine! Over 8,000 projects are received, judged and displayed each year from San Diego County Schools.

New This Year: A One Day Robotics Extravaganza will take place on Saturday June 15 in the Sports Club room at Surfside Race Place. Students from all over have been invited to participate in robotics challenges. The student teams design, program and build robots to perform various challenges and win prizes!


Best of K-6 Schools

Creative Youth

Hours: Fair Opening to 9:00PM every day

This exhibit is located in the Big Tent in the Infield of the Racetrack and features projects and creations of individual youth or youth organizations (such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc) for youth ages 5-17. Art, food, photography, collections, gems & minerals, crafts, gardening and much more are on display. Daily free activities for fairgoers include crafts, video games and other game-playing in honor of the Game On! theme, and fun one day contests designed just for kids. One day contests give participants free admission with their entry and special one day contest form during designated times.

New Contests this Year: Decorated Baseball Cap, Art from Game Pieces, Healthy Trail Mix, Miniature Flower Arrangements, and Plush Animal Dress Up

Returning Favorite Contests: Favorite Brownies, Fine Art, Help a Child Smile benefiting Palomar Hospital's Child Abuse Program, Glue a Shoe, Spam Kid Chef of the Year, and Art from Recycled Materials.

Best of K-6 Schools

Hours: Fair Opening to 9:00PM every day

This department is housed with Creative Youth in the Big Tent in the Infield. Student projects from kids in grades kindergarten through 6th are judged and featured throughout the Fair. Some projects are done by individuals and others are worked on by an entire class. Art, murals, school gardens, and essays are some typical examples of student work that is entered.


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Gems, Minerals & Jewelry

Located on the south side of Mission Tower, this department features rare and unique gems, mineral specimens, fossils and handmade jewelry by professional jewelers. San Diego County is home to many collectors and enthusiasts who are willing to share their collections at the Fair. There are many museum- quality and one of a kind specimens. Some special features include a florescent mineral room where the specimens literally "light up" under the glow of the black lights. Daily demonstrations of carving, sphere-making, gem faceting and other craft are held. The knowledgeable staff also provide daily docent tours of the exhibit for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look! Kids are invited to become Junior Rock Hounds and sift for gems and minerals.

Featured Mineral of the Year: Copper

Minerals New Jewelry Category: Game On! Jewelry

Fossil of the Year: Early Fossils (Paleozoic & Precambrian, 251 million years old or more)


Animals

Hours: Fair Opening to 10:00PM every day

AgriFair

This exhibit is located in the Wyland Center (the building with the big whale mural on the side). In this exhibit you can learn about many different kinds of farm animals, visit the popular Barnyard Babies Petting Farm, the Albertsons/Sav-on Super Kidsmarket, a shopping experience for kids ages 5-12 to learn how to make healthy choices at the grocery store, and special displays by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, Southern California Llama Association and San Diego County Cowbelles. A brand new exhibit called The Grape Escape will show you all about this powerhouse fruit, an important commodity grown right here in San Diego! Fun contests like onion bowling, best farmer tan and others are held daily on the AgriFair Stage. Farmers sometimes drop in and talk to fairgoers all about what they do on the Stage as well. Check the program for listings.

Livestock Barns

Cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats can be found in the Livestock Barn and Barn W every day of the Fair. Check out Rings 1, 2 and 3 to see these animals competing for the Blue Ribbon. The Dairy Council of California hosts dairy cow milking demonstrations daily in the barn (June 8-23) and a sheep shearing demonstration is held daily from June 11-16.

Large Animal Schedule

June 8-9: pygmy goats, llamas, NEW! National Cotswold (sheep) Show and San Diego County Fair Southdown (sheep) Show

June 11-16: Beef cattle, sheep

June 18-23: Dairy cattle, dairy goats

June 25-July 4: Beef cattle, lambs, pigs, goats Small Animals: Located in the AgriFair building, see rabbits, pigeons, poultry and turkeys competing for the blue ribbon! Adults and youth bring their animals to be judged and displayed during the Fair.

Small Animal Schedule

June 8-9: Pigeons

June 11-16: Poultry and Fowl

June 18-23: Rabbits/Cavies

June 25-July 4: Turkeys, Chickens and Rabbits

Junior Livestock Auction

Monday, July 1: Don't miss the live action of a good old fashioned livestock auction! Youth 4-H and FFA members will sell their blue-ribbon winning market animals to the highest bidder. It is a great way to purchase hand raised, locally grown beef, lamb, pork, goat, chicken and turkey and support local youth. Many youth use the funds raised to pay for higher education. Interested buyers can contact the Livestock Office at (858) 792-4283 for more information.

World of Horses

Hours: June 8-July 2, Fair Opening to 6:00PM
This exhibit is located in the Infield and showcases over 20 different breeds of horses. Daily riding, grooming and horse shoeing demonstrations are held. New this year we will have 2 adorable miniature donkeys for fairgoers to see.


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Paul Ecke Jr. Flower & Garden Show

The theme of this year's show is "Arcades of Color."

Garden Show

Need ideas for your backyard or just want to visit the most serene setting you've ever seen? Over 60 landscapers will create their most unique and beautiful landscapes in the outdoor portion of the show. A very special contest for best design using the "Arcades of Color" theme will be held for the coveted entrance garden spot. You can't miss this special feature just east of the O'Brien Hall. In addition, special information booths hosted by the Master Gardeners Association and guest organizations are on hand to answer all your plant and home gardening related questions every day. On the Flower Show Stage, we have a full schedule of gardening, plant care, floral design, and other demonstrations happening to teach you all the tricks of the trade. Check the program for a complete listing.

Flower Show

Located inside O'Brien Hall, you can see over 20 10x10 spaces that have been transformed into interior and floral vignettes by the professionals. Get great ideas for your indoor or outdoor space. There are competitions every 3 days for amateur and professional floral designs as well as cut flowers so the flowers are always fresh! Over 5,000 blooms are on display throughout the Fair!

Check out the 2013 Flower Stage Schedule [PDF].


The Infield Farm

Hours: Fair Opening to 6:00PM

Located in the Infield, the Farm is the destination for anyone who is interested in growing their own food or seeing where our food comes from. It is a great place to bring a picnic, engage the kids in free activities and learn about a variety of home gardening subjects. All the crops grown at the Farm are planted and cared for by the Fair's Exhibit Department.

Things to see and do at the Infield Farm:

- Honey bee exhibit complete with info on bee keeping, honey and a working hive where you can find the queen bee!

- See some common and unusual herbs for cooking, medicinal use and teas.

- Displays about bugs and birds that are important pollinators for plants.

- Hydroponics Exhibit- learn how to grow food using almost no soil! An efficient way to grow food almost anywhere! Presented by Ag Pals

- The Solana Center will be on hand to teach people all about composting and vermicomposting

- Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest- daily

- Worm Races- daily

- Corn Husking Contest- daily

- Plant a Veggie to take home- weekends

- New! Take a Tour of the Farm- weekends

- New! Produce contests- participants vie for the best fruit or veggies grown in their very own backyards- Saturdays June 15, 22, 29

- Zucchini Contest- prizes for the largest, most unique shape, etc.

- New! Play the "Name that Vegetable Game." Participants match up the actual plant the vegetable comes from with the canned good version and match the vegetable with its seed.

- New! Hydroponics/Aquaponics demos with Ag Pals is back but their exhibit has expanded and will include a variety of displays and lectures from the San Diego Urban Homesteaders. The exhibits include raising chickens in a :a straw bale coop , rain water harvesting, a permaculture keyhole garden, square foot gardening, an herb spiral, urbanite and earth bag wall construction, laundry to landscape, and a cobb oven.

- See a companion planting demonstration bed to give ideas for healthier plants and as part of an integrated pest management approach - A display about the history of canning food and info on canning methods used today


San Diego Pavilion

Hours: Fair Opening to 6:00PM

This exhibit is located in the Infield and is home to over 100 non-profit organizations during the course of the Fair. The organizations host booths where fairgoers can get free info on all these groups helping our community everyday! Several law enforcement agencies including the San Diego County Sheriffs, Border Patrol and California Highway Patrol have free safety advice and information on careers in law enforcement. This area is also home to the Fair's Community Days Celebrations. Each day, a different community is San Diego County is featured with local businesses, clubs and organizations invited to participate- there are many free giveaways on these days. The San Diego County Vintners Association and Sam Bass of KyXy 96.5 host free wine tasting of San Diego County's finest wines twice a day at 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Also a local chef performs a free cooking demonstration with samples for the audience every single day at 3:00 pm. There is always something happening in the San Diego Pavilion!


My Big Fair Wedding

Watch and participate as select teams of expert floral designers and wedding professionals create the perfect wedding with unique romantic settings. Afterward, you can be part of the heartwarming live ceremony. Take photos or renew your vows with a real minister... learn more


The Courage to Remember the Holocaust 1933-1945

Courage to RememberNew Exhibit Open Every Day of the Fair

"The Courage to Remember" traveling Holocaust exhibit, produced by the Museum of Tolerance, the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, features 200 exclusive photographs that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, offering unique insight into the Holocaust. The San Diego County Fair is proud to host this special exhibit during the Fair.


World Memorial Exhibit

The San Diego County Fair salutes our Military and 9/11 Heroes

This year, in the Del Mar Arena, pay tribute to our military and learn about the wonderful things they are doing in our community. In addition, World Memorial returns with a moving tribute to the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attacks. Three organizations are involved in the display at the south end of the Arena, adjacent to the Arena Gate.

Integra Center is a new model of centralized integrated care for a new generation of severely wounded warriors. It will be a first-of-its-kind, one-stop facility, located in San Diego, consolidating the delivery of rehabilitative health care, education, employment services and family counseling for those who suffer from traumatic injuries. 

Their exhibit will tell the story of the need behind this initiative and how we intend to deliver. We will have prosthetic's on display and will likely have some of these wounded warriors and even their therapy dogs visiting throughout the month.

The campaign is One Dollar. One Place. Volunteers will engage with Fair attendees to educate about the initiative and will be looking for 50,000 participants to give just $1.00. On doing so, they will have the opportunity to "sign the wall" in support of these men and women who have given so much in service to our country.

MCAS Miramar's Flying Leatherneck Museum returns with a display of military vehicles and equipment and information about the annual Air Show, one of the biggest events in San Diego County. Additionally, fairgoers can learn about the museum and its mission to preserve military history.

World Memorial brings back a tribute to 9/11 with photos and missing person posters from the tragedy, recordings of emergency phone calls placed that day, and a replica of the world trade center. World Memorial's mission is to "Keep the Memories Alive." Guest speakers Reggie Cervantes, a first responder to the events and Joe Torrillo, a former NY Firefighter and survivor of the building collapse, will speak on the Grandstand Stage on July 4 at approximately 7:10PM about what it means to be a patriot.