San Diego County Fair
Attractions & Exhibits  

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School Programs and
Educational Opportunities

We invite you to participate in the 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

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!

Program deadline: March 6

Plant 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. Program dates: June 10-12, 17-19, 23-26, and 30

Program deadline: March 20

Download Plant Grow Eat Information and Plant Grow Eat Application [PDF]

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. For information on the Don Diego Scholarship, visit

Scholarship deadline: March 23

Field Trip Program

Schools and clubs are invited to take a free self-guided field trip to the Fair. A special program will be available to participants featuring a series of educational presentations and hands on activities.

Program deadline: May 1

Lesson plans

Download Field Trip Program Information and Field Trip Program Application [PDF]


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
Entry deadline: May 1

(grades K-6) for Best of K-6
Entry deadline: May 1

Grades 7- Community College
for Student Showcase
Entry deadline: May 8

Clubs 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.

Download our Club Opportunities flier or School Opportunities flier [PDF] for more information.

4H Clubs

There are multiple educational programs and opportunities to showcase 4H projects!

Download the 4H Club flier [PDF] to find out how to participate.

Girl Scouts

There are many activities to help Girl Scouts complete requirements toward badges at the Fair.

Download the Girl Scout Activities flier [PDF] to find out how to participate.

Reading Certificates

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

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 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.


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