San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Welcome to Competitive Exhibits

Competitive Exhibits have been a tradition at fairs as long as fairs have existed. Explore the San Diego County Fair's award-winning competitive exhibitions of creative work, livestock, floriculture and more! Exhibits are free with Fair admission. In addition to world-class displays of work, exhibit areas also have demonstrations, contests, guest speakers, and other activities.

A Letter from Jerry Brown, Governor, State of California

Brown Letter

A greeting from the Governor to California's agricultural fairs. The Governor acknowledges the "amazing resources California provides the world — including livestock, crops, artwork, baked goods and crafts — through your exhibits and expertise" and the "vital role" played by, among others, the San Diego County Fair, "in the agricultural community and the fairs network."

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A Letter from Karen Ross, Secretary, CDFA

Ross Letter

A letter of acknowledgement to the San Diego County Fair's Exhibits Department for "showcasing the many facets of the great agricultural community of California," from Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

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Competitive Exhibits Department

Creative Youth   Design In Wood
Fine Art   Flower Show
Garden Show   Gems, Minerals & Jewelry
Home & Hobby   Homebrew Competition
Homemade Cheese   Homemade Wine
Best of K-6 Schools   Livestock & Animals
Photography   Student Showcase
Ongoing and Special Events
Family Funville   My Big Fair Wedding

Tips for entering competitive exhibits

smbullet Many exhibitors wait until the last minute to complete the registration process. Do not procrastinate! When exhibitors are in a hurry, that is when errors are made or your computer decides to crash or you have a question after hours and no one is available to help. The entry materials are posted well over a month in advance of the deadline, so start the process early!

smbullet Read information provided in the "Competition Information" section prior to starting the online entry process. These guides help ensure you are entering the correct classes and understand the deadlines, rules, etc. in advance of submitting your entries. Remember, when you click "submit" at the end of the entry process you are agreeing that you have read, understand, and will abide by all rules and regulations set forth in those materials.

smbullet Fill out each required field accurately. Double check your typing before moving on. All the information you enter is what will be printed on the tags that go on your work during the Fair, the information on awards we provide to the media, the emails we send to you and the award checks we mail at the conclusion of the Fair. You want to be sure things like your name, address, and email address are entered correctly.

smbullet Have your credit card ready. All fees are payable online via credit card.

smbullet Finally, be sure to add to your email accounts as an "OK sender." All of our reminders and information will be sent to your email address and you don't want to miss out.


If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


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