San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Contest Information

Cook, bake, sing, dance or blow a bubble! The San Diego County Fair has a whole bunch of ways you can show off your talent and go home with a blue ribbon! Some of the Fairís contests require entry in advance, but for others, you can enter on the spot.

We will continue to post information on Fair contests. Please check back, or subscribe to the Fair's email list to receive notification when information is online.

One-Day Contests – Home & Hobby, Creative Youth

These are contests in which you participate during a day you attend the Fair.
Creative Youth One-Day Contests
Home & Hobby One-Day Contests
Information on other one-day contests (Agricultural contests, art contests, photo contests for youth and adults)

Performance Contests

The San Diego County Fair has several music, dance and public speaking contests. Click the contest title for more information.

Battle of the Bands

You got the sound. Do you have what it takes to win the big prize? Open to bands of three or more members. The 2015 contest information has been posted. Take a look, and get your band ready to enter!

Oratorical Contest

Are you the star of your school's debate team? Enter our Oratorical Contest, which rewards impressive individual or group public speaking skills. The 2015 entry information has been posted.

Best Dance Crew

You say you can dance? Then let's see it! The 2015 contest information has been posted. Take a look, and get your dance group ready to enter!


You are a solo artist who does original material. Show us what you got, and you could win big. The 2015 contest information has been posted. Take a look, and get ready to enter!

In The Spotlight

This new singing contest is open to youth and teens (ages 8-17). The contest information has been posted, so warm up your vocal chords and get ready to enter!

Are you a professional or amateur entertainer who is interested in performing at the Fair? Look at the Perform at the Fair page for more information.


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