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San Diego County Fair: Contests & Competitive Exhibits


Singer Songwriter Contest winnerOur Singer/Songwriter competition honors the best performance of original music by a solo artist.


Final Round: June 19, 2016;
Time and stage TBA


1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000

How To Apply

Entry deadline: April 22, 2016

Before you apply, read the Rules and Regulations and the FAQs governing this contest.

smbullet 2016 Rules and Regulations
smbullet 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
smbullet 2016 Entertainer Handbook


Submit Your Application


Past Winners Speak

Josh Damigo won the 2012 Singer/Songwriter contest. He said: "The songwriter competition was one of my favorite events. Everyone supported each other, and it was a great day for San Diego music! Definitely worth checking out if you're ready to play your songs for a great crowd. Since then, I've signed to Random Records, released an album, I Will Be There, and my new music video was just released in November (2014)."

Tolan Shaw won the 2011 Singer/Songwriter title. He said: "The SD County Fair Singer/Songwriter contest is an amazing opportunity and a blessing for local talent. You get a chance to show off your art to industry professionals, meet like-minded performers and network with top-notch songwriters from around the community. And of course, there is the chance of winning some amazing prizes that can hugely help with the cost of running your music business (recording, music videos, promotion, etc)."


Direct them to
or call 858-755-1161 x2363


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Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014

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