San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Paul Ecke, Jr. Flower Show

Flower Show

More than 5,000 beautiful, freshly cut blooms will be on display during the Fair, each blossom carefully cultivated by gardeners eager to win a blue ribbon. This exhibit also features professional interior design spaces and floral vignettes. Every three days, amateur and professional florists compete for the best floral arrangements, including the prestigious 5th Annual Floral Design Competition.

UC Cooperative Extension logoA special exhibit this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the University of California Cooperative Extension. Learn how the research conducted through the UC Cooperative Extension has transformed farming in San Diego County.  Meet the researchers and participate in special activities every day.

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Fair Flower Festival on June 15
My Big Fair Wedding Day
Daily themes with flower and garden talks from master gardeners.

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
: Sleep Train O'Brien Hall

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Thank you to our
2014 Flower
Show Donors

Alexander's Weddings and Events
Claudia O'Leary
Dos Gringos: The Sunflower Guy
The Dutch Flower
Etienne Foote
Fox Point Farms
The Madd Potter
Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc.
MiraCosta College
Horticulture Dept.
Shinoda Design Center
Twin Oaks Growers Int'l, Inc.
Wholesale Flowers and Supplies

Flower competition results

Pro, Amateur, Beginner
Pro by Class [PDF]
Amateur by Class [PDF]
Beginner by Class [PDF]

Listed by Class [PDF]
Listed by Name [PDF]
Listed by Zip Code [PDF]

Listed by Class [PDF]
Listed by Name [PDF]
Listed by Zip Code [PDF]

Listed by Class [PDF]


Fair Flower Festival and

5th Annual Floral Design Competition

Floral Design Winner

Congratulations to Karyn Wloczewski, owner of Blooming Grace Wedding Flowers in Vista, who won the Floral Design Competition and $350. Karyn is now eligible to compete in the California State Floral Association's Top Ten Competition in October. Karen Spiess finished second, winning $200; and Junko Yamamoto finished third, winning $100.

The competitors did two rounds, one that was Designer's Choice, and the other was Surprise Package, where the Fair provided all the materials and a theme. In both rounds, the design was created on-site.

For more information see the calendar listing for this event.

My Big Fair Wedding

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Nine couples exchanged wedding or renewal vows at My Big Fair Wedding Day on Sunday, June 29. Thanks to their participation and that of many wedding service vendors, the day was a big success, not only for these couples, but for many Fair visitors who got some great ideas for their own big day.

Participating Vendors

Participating vendors of My Big Fair Wedding Day include Mayesh Wholesale Florist (event and wedding arch flowers); The Dutch Flower (floral designer); Clark Design Group (floral designer); Leaf it to Lexi (floral designer); Sweet Pea Flower Company (floral designer); La Petite Floral Design (floral designer); Becks Entertainment and DJ Services (disc jockey); Ceremonies De Vie (wedding officiant); Richard K Photography (photographer); Eleve Desserts (baker); Liz Dion Cosmetics (hair and makeup); Farm Tables and More (custom furniture rental); June Bug Hair Boutique (custom handmade hair accessories); C & C Studios (custom handmade jewelry); Epod Talking Photo Booth (interactive photo booth); Iselle Design Studio (bridal boutique); Thimbleana (wedding and special event decor),; The Wedding Harpist (music); Israel Maldonado (music); Jeff Moore (music)

Flower Show
competition is now closed

Deadline for online entry registration is May 2. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST).

Competition information

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General Information
Online Entry Instructions
Local Rules
State Rules


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Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email