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, a fun "drop-in" 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

Who has the sound that will win the big prize? The finalists have been announced, so mark your calendars for June 26 to enjoy a great show and see who will win!

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!


Who will be the next solo artist with original material to win this contest? The finalists have been announced, so plan to be at the Fair on June 19 for an entertaining show and to see who will win!

In The Spotlight

This new singing contest is open to youth and teens (ages 8-17). Finalists have been announced, so be sure to catch the show on June 23 (youth) and June 24 (teens) to see who will win!

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. We are still accepting people for the wait list.


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