San Diego County Fair

Welcome to Competitive Exhibits

Competitive Exhibits have been a tradition at fairs as long as fairs have existed. Earn a blue ribbon and in some cases, cash awards, for your creative efforts!

Creative Youth
Entry deadline: May 4
  Design In Wood
Entry deadline: April 29
Fine Art
Entries are now closed.
  Flower Show
Entry deadline: May 13
Garden Show
Entry deadline: May 6
  Gems, Minerals & Jewelry
Entry deadline: April 29
Home & Hobby
Entry deadline: May 6
  Homebrew Competition
Entry deadline: May 6
Homemade Wine
Entries are now closed.
  Best of K-6 Schools
Entry deadline: May 4
Livestock & Animals
Entry deadlines: May 6 and 13
Entries are now closed.
Student Showcase
Entry deadline: May 6

A Letter from Karen Ross, Secretary, CDFA

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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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