San Diego County Fair

Agricultural and 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. Some contests even offer free admission!

Click the contest titles, where applicable, for more information and/or entry forms.

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Contests Requiring Advance Pre-Registration

These contests are listed in order of registration deadline.

Contest Description

Contest Date

CA Grown Zucchini Race Contest
for ages 5-12
Pre-registration required;
deadline Friday, May 27.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
   
Photo Shootouts
for ages 5-12
Pre-registration required;
deadline Sunday, June 12.

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
   
Homegrown Produce Contests
for youth and adults.
Pre-registration required;
deadline June 13
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Saturday, June 25, 2016
   
Plein Air Painting Contest
for ages 18 and older
Pre-registration required;
deadline Saturday, June 18

Thursday, June 23, 2016
   
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Contests, Bring Entry Form

The contests listed below require contestants to bring their entry and/or an entry form to the Fair on the day of the contest.

Contest Description

Contest Date

Creative Youth
One-Day Contests in cooking and crafts for ages 5-17

Dates vary
   

Home & Hobby
One-Day Contests in cooking and crafts for adults

Dates vary
   
Small Image Contest
for ages 18 and older
Bring registration form on the day of the contest.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
   
Home-Harvested Honey Contest
for beekeepers 12 or older.
Bring registration form on the day of the contest.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
   
Homegrown Zucchini Contest
for youth and adults.
Bring registration form on the day of the contest.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
   
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Contests, Register On-Site

Enter these contests on-site, just before the contest begins. These contests are for adults and kids, unless otherwise noted.

Contest Description

Contest Date and Location

Mad About The Fair Costume Contest
Wear your Steampunk or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland costume, and win a ribbon!

2:30PM, Daily
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Three O'Clock Fun
Hula hoops, sack races, and plenty of fun games that families have played for generations. Win a ribbon!

3:00PM, Daily
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Steampunk Attire Contest
Steampunk costumes and attire will be judged by audience participation, with trophies for first, second and third place. Separate divisions for youth and adults.

1:00PM, Sunday, June 12
2:00PM, Sunday, July 3
Ford Dealers Paddock Stage
   

Pie Eating Contest
Be the fastest to eat a slice of pie, without using your hands, and win a ribbon!

Noon, Daily
Plaza Stage
   

Best Animal Noise Contest
Moo, cluck, roar, bark or whinny. Those who can make the most authentic animal noise will win a ribbon!

3:30 PM; June 4, 10, 11 and 28
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Tea Cup Relays
Can you race while balancing a tea cup? If you can, you'll win a ribbon!

3:30 PM; June 5, 17 and July 2
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Steam Chicken/Punk Fish Relays
Welcome to the wacky world of "Wonderland" where contestants will balance and manipulate and be challenged by our official Steam Chickens and Punk Fish in a race to the finish line for ribbons and fun!

3:30 PM; June 8, 18 and 24
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Boomers and Beyond
A trivia contest where knowledge of what happened in the '50s, '60s and '70s will give you an advantage! Happens just before the Solid Gold Series concerts.

12:30 PM; June 9 and 23
San Diego Showcase Stage

12:30 PM; June 16 and 30
Ford Dealers Paddock Stage
   

Lobster Quadrille
Put on your dancing shoes and let's dance. Come one and all and get ready to shake, rattle and roll. This is no dance for squares! On your mark, get set, go – and then stop!

3:30 PM; June 9, 22 and 29
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Baby Derby
Crawling babies "race" from one side of a mat to the other. Ribbons and trophies await the fastest crawler!

1:30 PM; June 11
2:00PM, June 24
San Diego Showcase Stage

2:00PM, July 2
Albertsons Funville Stage
   

Family Look Alike Contest
Families who look the most like each other will get ribbons!

3:30 PM; June 12 and 26
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Bubble Gum Blowing
Can you blow the biggest bubble? This contest is open to all ages.

3:30 PM; June 15, 23 and July 1
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Hedgehog Hurling
Horseshoes just don't fit into a Wonderland world but hurling a Hedgehog does! So look out as they soar inside and through the clockwork rings. Come on out and test your aim – but don't tell the hedgehogs what's in store for them!

3:30 PM; June 16, 21, 25 and 30
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Father/Child Look Alike Contest
Fathers who look like their kids will win ribbons!

1:00PM, June 19
Plaza Stage

3:30PM, June 19
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Ballroom Dancing Contest
Dance all or some of the following dances: West Coast Swing, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Tango, Jitterbug and Disco. Ribbons and trophies awards.

1:30PM; signups at the stage
2:00PM; June 26
San Diego Showcase Stage
   

Hedgehog Hurling, Lobster Quadrille, Chicken and Fish Stew
Topper Hatter's surprise!

3:30 PM; July 3
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   

Most Patriotic Costume Contest
Put on the red, white and blue for the last day of the Fair, Independence Day! Show your patriotism and win a ribbon!

1:00PM; July 4
Plaza Stage

3:30PM, July 4
Queen's Court Contest Area, Family Funville
   
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