San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Home and Hobby

This exhibit features the home arts and skills that have been a part of county fairs since they began. A blue ribbon for the best pie or quilt is as valued today as it was a century ago. In addition to displays of textile, crafts and cooking projects, this exhibit also awards ribbons and prizes for the best collections, some traditional, some unique.

Other attractions in this area include The Craft Beer and Wine Experience; One Day Contests for needle crafts and cooking; various guilds and clubs that provide demonstrations of their crafts, such as quilting, weaving, lacemaking, beading; and more. A state-of-the-art kitchen houses daily cooking demos and other fun ideas to get creative juices flowing. Please scroll down for more information on these attractions.

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
: 2nd floor, West Grandstand

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Thank you to our 2014 Home & Hobby Donors

American Sewing Guild
El Cajon Sew and Vac
Jer's Chocolates
Knitters Brewing Company
Machine Knitters Guild of San Diego
Misti Washington Gourd & Basket
Muchas Manos de San Diego EGA
Museum Weavers
Porcelain Artists of San Diego
San Diego Creative Stitchery Guild
San Diego American Needlepoint Guild
San Diego Bead Society
San Diego Bush Whackers
San Diego Creative Weavers
San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild
Seaside Quilt Guild
Silvergate Lacers

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What's New This Year

The Craft Beer and Wine Experience — This exhibit and tasting bar, located at the east end of Home & Hobby, will showcase award winners in the San Diego International Beer Competition, Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, Homebrew Competition and Homemade Wine Competition. Award-winning beer and wine will be served here each day.

Home & Hobby Demonstrations

Every day of the Fair, you can learn new ways to cook and entertain.
List of Home and Hobby Demonstrations [PDF]

One-Day Contests

The contests below are for adults ages 18 and older. No pre-registration required. Bring the form(s) below on the day of the contest. Local and state rules apply to many of these contests. If you'd like to watch the judging, please check the Fair program for times. Most contests will be at 1:00PM.

Home & Hobby One-Day Contests overview
Home & Hobby One-Day Contest Entry Form
Recipe Form (must be completed and delivered with all food item entries)

The Great American SPAM Championship
Saturday, June 7
We are excited to welcome a celebrity judge, Sam the Cooking Guy!

Yarn Blocks
Wednesday, June 11

Help A Child Smile
Friday, June 13

All You Need Is Pie Baking Contest
Saturday, June 14

Quilt of Valor Quilt Block
Wednesday, June 18

Duct Tape Dynasty Contest
Friday, June 20

Jer's Chocolate Championship
Saturday, June 21

Bisquick Quick Creations Contest
Sunday, June 22

Antique Contest
Thursday, June 26

Ringo's Rockin Barbeque Sauce Contest
Saturday, June 28
We are excited to have Chris Ross, editor for UT San Diego's food and home sections, as our celebrity judge.

Sgt. Pepper's Salsa Championship
Tuesday, July 1

Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest
Friday, July 4

Righteous Recipes

Did you know, each year, we create a cookbook featuring all our previous year Blue Ribbon recipes and One Day Contest creations?

The 2014 Cookbook is on sale for $10 at the Fair (from gift shops, the Home and Hobby Exhibit, or Creative Youth Exhibit), or for $10 plus $3 shipping ($13) if you order online.

Home and Hobby
competition is closed

ENTRY PICKUP: Monday, July 7, noon–8:00PM (exhibitors may schedule an appointment for pickup before noon. All items must be picked up before 8:00PM.)

Competition information

PDF documents and links will open in a separate window

General Information
Baked and Decorated Foods and Candy
Preserved Food and Liqueur
Collections, Miniatures, Models, Stamps, Coins and Tokens
Decorative Arts and Crafts
Needle and Textile Arts
Online Entry Instructions
Local Rules
State Rules


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