San Diego County Fair

Home and Hobby

I Want To Exhibit!

Submit your entry today to win ribbons and prizes at the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

The entry deadline is May 6, 2016, by 11:59PM.

You must be 18 years or older to enter this exhibit. Younger than 18? Please see Creative Youth or Student Showcase.

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All of the documents below are in PDF format.

2016 Home & Hobby Entry Information
2016 Group Step-By-Step Entry Instructions
2016 Individual Step-By-Step Entry Instructions
2016 Home & Hobby Recipe Form
2016 Baked and Decorated Food and Candy
2016 Collections, Miniatures, Models and Table Settings
2016 Decorative Arts and Crafts
2016 Needle Art, Sewing, Weaving and Felting
2016 Preserved Food and Liqueur
2016 Local Rules
2016 State Rules
Entry delivery: See Entry Materials
Exhibit Dates and Location: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
West Grandstand, 2nd Floor

Do you like to cook? Are you a crafter? Do you collect something unusual? Then enter the Home & Hobby exhibit and have your entry judged for thousands to see. Home & Hobby features competition and contests in home crafts such as cooking, baking, sewing, needlecrafts and more. One of the most popular parts of the exhibit are the quirky collections.

Various clubs and guilds provide demonstrations of their craft such as quilting, weaving, lacemaking and more every day. A state-of-the-art kitchen houses daily cooking demos.


One-Day Contests

Most days during the Fair, Home & Hobby holds a One-Day Contest open to any adult who wishes to participate. Participation gets you free admission to the Fair simply by bringing your entry and contest form to the O'Brien Gate (main gate) during the allotted time.
The documents below are in PDF format.
2016 Home & Hobby One-Day Contests Information
2016 Home & Hobby One-Day Contests Entry Form
2016 Home & Hobby Recipe Form
2016 Local Rules
2016 State Rules



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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 Home & Hobby Donors

American Sewing Guild

San Diego Bead Society

Brett's BBQ

San Diego Brush Whackers

Jer's Chocolates

San Diego Creative Weavers' Guild

Knitters Brewing Company

San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild

Machine Knitters Guild of San Diego

San Diego North Coast Knitting Guild

Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild

San Diego Polymer Clay Guild

Muchas Manos de San Diego

Seaside Quilt Guild

Palomar Handweavers' Guild at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

Silvergate Lacers, Chula Bobbin Lacers, and Red Hat Tatters

Palomar Heritage Painters

Sugar and Scribe

Porcelain Artists of San Diego

The Pampered Chef

San Diego American Needlepoint Guild


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