San Diego County Fair

Creative Youth

About This Exhibit

Creative Youth is the place to go to learn something new and do something creative. This exhibit features more than 15,000 projects made by kids – individuals (ages 5-17), students (grades K-6) and youth organizations (4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts).

Check out displays of art, food, photography, science, inventions, collections, gems, minerals, woodworking, sewing, gardening and much more.


2016 Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)
Exhibit Hours: Fair opening to 9:00PM.
Exhibit Location: Family Funville, Creative Youth Tent

Results have been posted at the bottom of the page.

This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Scroll down to see 2016 entry results, and check back next year, sometime in February, when we will have entry information for the 2017 Fair!





2016 Exhibit Attractions and Activities

Creative Youth ExhibitCreative Youth is full of fun things to see and do. Some happen every day; some are special events. Some are favorites that return year after year; some are brand-new activities. Come and explore!

New for 2016

New competitive categories this year include decorated lawn flamingos, sock animals, STEAMPunk Invention Models, Ask Me Why Science Projects, Mad Hatter's Toy Tea Party, and more.

Maker Lab: Make a Rube-Goldberg-inspired marble maze contraption.

Creative Youth ExhibitReVision Art Space: Open-ended, one-of-a-kind art projects from recycled materials.

Mad Hatter's Imagination Station: Make a wacky hat worthy of the Mad Hatter from recycled materials.

STE(A)M Explorations: Combine science and art in this space where you can make a catapult, launch your own flying machine and test it in our wind tunnel, or make a wind-powered car.

Building Zone: Construct a life-sized fort with our giant building toys (Ages 5+)


Creative Youth ExhibitSpecial Events and Shows

Try out our workshops in circus skills, magic tricks, science experiments, engineering creations, art, theater, photography, improv and puppetry with the Fern Street Circus Workshop and Abra Kid Abra Magic Camp. Please see the Daily Schedules for dates and times.



2016 Judging Results

Creative Youth Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Creative Youth Results By Class/Division [PDF format]


Thanks For Your Entries!

Entries are closed for Creative Youth at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Information has been left online for those who might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

2016 Creative Youth Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]


One-Day Contests

Each year the Fair has One-Day Contests for youth, ages 5-17 (except as noted in contest information). No pre-registration required. Bring the entry form, and recipe form if applicable, on the day of the contest. Participants receive free Fair admission with their entry and entry form during designated hours.

2016 One-Day Creative Youth Contest Results

For descriptions of these contests, please see 2016 Creative Youth One-Day Contests Information

Chocolate Creations Contest, June 8

First, Ellie DeHaan of Temecula; second, Marie DeTaan of Temecula; third, Paige Moritz of Escondido; fourth, Tawny Troiano of Ramona.

Sock Puppets Contest, June 10

First (tie): Jonathan Jeffrey Leighton of Lakeside; Sage Leighton of Lakeside; Isabella Mecham of Morgan, Utah; Laurence Nakatani of Fallbrook; Audrey Robinson of San Diego; and Selah Simonsen of San Diego. Second (tie): Ben Leighton of Lakeside; Daniel Leighton of Lakeside; Drake Mecham of Morgan, Utah; and Lily Meacham of Morgan, Utah.

War of the Roses Catapults Contest, June 15

First (tie): Abigail Eutizi, Edward Levy, Tessa Levy, Julia Mosack, Katherine Mosack and Robert Mosack. Cities not available.

Mad Hatter Hats Contest, June 17

First (tie): Jane Olivia Boyce of Boulevard; Trevor Braafen of Chula Vista.

Healthy Snack Contest, June 22

First (tie): Jubilee Dickinson of Fallbrook; Liberty Beth Dickinson of Fallbrook; Edith Randall of San Diego; and Brielle Santos of Imperial Beach. Second: Austin Walker Dickinson of Fallbrook.

Comic Drawing Contest, June 24

First (tie): Paige Behrens of San Diego; Thomas Brackman of Ramona; Jaylen Cohn of Coronado; Aubree Dethloff of San Diego; Lauren Ann Lehman of San Diego.

Great American SPAM Kid Chef Contest, June 26

First, David Gooding of Carlsbad; second, Keean San Nicolas of Oceanside; third, Rubee Dolias of Temecula. David's recipe will be forwarded to the national competition.

Steampunk Jewelry Contest, July 1

First (tie): Calista Cordova of Santee, Sophia Flores of San Diego and Marissa Rodriquez of San Diego.


2016 Oratorical Competition

San Diego County students, from elementary school through grade 12, compete for ribbons, cash, and prizes. In this contest, individuals or groups up to three members perform an oration (not a song), such as original material, a famous speech, or a poem or a story.

Oratorical Competition

Competition Date: Sunday, June 19
Competition Location: Creative Youth Exhibit in Family Funville

2016 winners by age division

Elementary School (K-5th grades)
1st place: Ethan Song, San Diego
2nd place: Susan Siljander, Encinitas
3rd place: Jack Bolger, San Diego

Middle School (6th-8th grades)
1st place: Amanda Brown, Escondido
2nd place: Conrad Maas, Carlsbad
3rd place: Nick Siljander, Encintas

Oratorical Competition

High School (9th-12th grades)
1st place: Celestina Rogers-Schmidt, San Diego
2nd place: Claire Fernandez, Carlsbad
3rd place: Ryan Song, San Diego

4-H Division
1st place: Catheryn Marvin, Bonsall
2nd place: Rachel Marvin, Bonsall

Prizes in each division

First place: $300
Second place: $225
Third place: $150



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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


Thank you to our 2016 Creative Youth Donors

American Sewing Guild – San Diego Chapter

 Pastel Society of San Diego

Bob Davis Award

Rainbow Valley Grange, #689

Daniel Baker Family

San Diego American Needlepoint Guild

Joe and Sophie Rogers Award

San Diego Polymer Clay Guild

Nancy Jennings

Spanish Village Art Center

North County Photographic Society

Suzanne Schmidt-Traner