San Diego County Fair

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2016 School Programs and
Educational Opportunities

We invite you to participate in the 2016 San Diego County Fair! Whether you would like to enter an exhibit, apply for a scholarship, or take a field trip to the Fair, there are many ways to be a part of the Fair! For more information, please email

Learn while you have fun!

These are some of our suggestions for Educational Things To Do At The Fair [PDF document].

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Fliers have been left in place for teachers and parents to get an idea of the programs we offer. Please check back next spring, when we will have information on school programs at the 2017 Fair!





These icons will help you find educational opportunities for:

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Teachers and Schools

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Clubs and Organizations

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Parents and Kids


schools icon clubs iconstudent iconSummer STEAM Maker Festival

Explore the STEAM Maker Festival on June 15 and 16, 2016, from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, free with Fair Admission.

STEAM Festival logoThis two-day event, held the same days as the Field Trip Program, will feature free activities including make-and-take stations, daily build challenges, a drama workshop, K-Zone, challenge display area, and more!

Free Challenges: Sign up to participate in a challenge at (space is limited). Challenges include a Recycled Fashion Show, Engineering Recycle, Robotics Competition and more.

Learn more about this festival at



clubs iconClubs and Educational Organizations

There are many ways to participate in the Fair whether you want to be an exhibitor, participate in a one-day contest, or take a field trip to the Fair.

2016 Club Information Flier [PDF]



See An Exhibit

Come see classroom and individual projects from schools and youth from all over San Diego County! Entry categories include: art, graphic design, student landscapes, photography, general technology, community service projects, crafts, missions, writing, educational projects, and more.

Exhibit competition information available: Early February
Exhibit deadlines: Late April through mid May.
For specific information, visit the webpages listed below:

schools iconBest of K-6 Schools: School projects, kindergarten through sixth grade.


schools iconStudent Showcase: School projects, middle school through community college


clubs iconstudent iconCreative Youth: Individuals and groups, ages 5-17


schools icon clubs iconGarden Show: School and club landscape projects, ages 9-17



schools icon clubs iconstudent iconRead to Earn Fair Admission

Students 12 and younger who read 10 books can complete the Reading Certificate and receive free admission to the Fair!

2017 Reading Certificates will be posted next spring; please check back!




clubs iconstudent iconScavenger Hunt

During the Fair, visit the California Grown Exhibit for a Scavenger Hunt worksheet that will take you through several fun and educational exhibits. Earn a Fair Theme Patch along the way.



clubs iconstudent iconKids' Day

Fairgoers 12 years and younger are admitted free every Tuesday that the Fair is open. Kids' Days feature entertainment and contests that are loads of fun for our youngest guests. Look for updated information on the Kids' Day page closer to Fairtime.



clubs iconstudent iconOne-Day Contests

The San Diego County Fair has many one-day contests. Some are for cooks, some are for crafters and some are for people who just like to have fun. For more information, see the Contests section of our website.



clubs icon4-H Clubs

The Fair has multiple educational programs and opportunities to showcase 4-H projects!

2016 4-H Club and Military Flier [PDF]



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The Fair has many activities to help Scouts complete requirements toward a badge or earn a Fair Fun Patch.

Visit the Flag Raising page to learn how your troop can raise the flag at the San Diego County Fair opening ceremony and earn a Fair Fun Patch.  

2016 Boy Scout Activities flier [PDF]
2016 Girl Scout Activities flier [PDF]



schools iconPlant*Grow*Eat Program

Incorporate agriculture into your curriculum! This free program starts in the spring with Fair staff delivering materials to your classroom for students to grow their own plants. In June, students take a field trip to the Fair and bring their plant, learn more about agriculture and receive ribbons for their hard work! Open to schools in session when the Fair is open.

The application deadline is usually the first part of April.
School visits: Mid April to late May
Program dates: These will be announced in the spring of 2017.

2016 Plant*Grow*Eat Information [PDF]



schools iconSchool Tours

This free program is open to students K-3 and takes place in April. Fair staff will visit your school and educate students using animals, games, puzzles and stories!

Program registration opens: Early February
The 2016 application deadline was March 12
Download the 2016 School Tours Activity Book [PDF; large file]



schools icon schools iconDon Diego Scholarship

Provides college scholarships to outstanding San Diego County high school seniors who have participated in the San Diego County Fair or other Del Mar Fairgrounds events. For information and the application, visit

The application period runs sometime to January to mid-March.



If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM