San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Welcome to Competitive Exhibits

Participation in the San Diego County Fair through competitive exhibits is a tradition that is truly the heart of the Fair. We appreciate your effort and thank you for your support each year. Whether you have participated for many years or are a first-time exhibitor, we are here to make your experience as rewarding as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact our office anytime with questions or for assistance. Please read the tips below to make your experience as smooth as possible.

Katie Phillips,
Exhibits Manager

Contact us:
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Phone: 858-792-4207


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 "culture of competition, exhibits, rides and performances" that are a "strong tradition in the state."

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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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Tips for entering competitive exhibits

smbullet Many exhibitors wait until the very 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 Print and read all the information provided in the "Competition Information" section of each page prior to starting the online entry process. These guides will 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 slowly and 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 on line via credit card.

smbullet Finally, please 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 on those.

smbullet Have fun and see you at this year's San Diego County Fair. Join our mailing list if you would like to receive entry information and deadline reminders.



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