San Diego County Fair
Attractions & Exhibits  

School Programs and
Educational Opportunities

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We invite you to participate in the San Diego County Fair! Whether you would like to enter an exhibit, apply for a scholarship, or participate in a school program, there are many ways to be a part of the Fair!


Showcase a classroom project and have it displayed at the Fair. Individuals, groups, and classrooms are encouraged to enter. Entry categories include: art, graphic design, photography, general technology, community service projects, crafts, missions, writing, educational projects, and much more.

For more information about what and how to enter visit:

Youth Ages 5-17 for Creative Youth
Teachers (grades K-6) for Best of K-6
Grades 7- Community College for Student Showcase

Don 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, as well to provide grants for agricultural education. Don Diego Scholarship Foundation recipients are matriculating at prestigious colleges around the country, excelling at exciting careers nationwide and making a difference in our community. For information on the Don Diego Scholarship, visit

School Field Trip Program

All schools are invited to take a free self-guided field trip to the Fair. Classes may also participate in an educational learning tour.

2014 School Field Trip Program information [PDF]
2014 School Field Trip Application [PDF]

For more information contact Nicola Bysouth at or 858-755-1161, ext. 2404.

Reading Certificates

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

Download Reading Certificate
Descargar Certificado de Lectura

Last day to bring these to the Fair is July 5

Plant Grow Eat Program

Want to 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 (seeds, soil, pots). In June, students will take a field trip to the Fair and bring their plant, learn more about agriculture and receive ribbons for their hard work! Open to all schools in session when the Fair is open.

For more information contact Jill Coughlin at or 858-755-1161 ext. 2407.

School Tours

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

For more information contact Holly Baker at or 858-755-1161, ext. 2402.


Barn Tours

Schools can sign up for a free tour of the Livestock Exhibit and learn about the animals on display, barn etiquette and enjoy a "hands-on" experience.

For more information contact the Livestock Office at 858-792-4283 or

Tours must be booked in advance.

One-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. There are one-day contests for kids, teens, adults, and all ages. For more information, check out this one-day contests here.

Kids' Day

Fairgoers 12-years and younger are admitted free every Tuesday. Kids' Days feature entertainment and contests that are loads of fun for our youngest guests. Nearer Fairtime, look for updated information on the Kids' Day webpage.