San Diego County Fair

Home and Hobby

About This Exhibit

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 collections, some quirky, some sentimental, some historic, all of them fascinating.

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.


Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
(The Fair is closed Mondays except July 4, and the first two Tuesdays)
Exhibit Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM, Sundays and Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11:00PM, Fridays-
Saturdays; 11:00PM, July 4.
Exhibit Location: West Grandstand, 2nd Floor

Results have been posted at the bottom of the page.



Exhibit Attractions and Activities

Blue ribbon winnerWatch a demonstration! Various clubs and guilds provide daily demonstrations of their craft such as quilting, weaving, lacemaking and more. A state-of-the-art kitchen houses daily cooking demos.
List of Home & Hobby Demonstrations [PDF]

NEW in 2016: The San Diego Railroad Museum will have a Wonderland-inspired train display running each day of the Fair. Learn the history of railroading in this fun, active display!

Participate in or watch the judging of a One-Day Contest: A beloved Fair tradition is one-day cooking and craft contests, where participants bring their entry on the day of the contest and receive free admission during the allotted time. Many contests will have celebrity judges, including:

CookbookBianca Rose of Sweet Dreams Gourmet Desserts will judge the following events, all at 1:00PM: Jer's Mad About Chocolate Challenge, June 18; The Sugar and Scribe's Queen of Hearts Contest, June 25; and the Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest, July 4.

Buy a cookbook! Practice your prospective award-winning culinary talents with the actual award-winning recipes from the 2015 Fair! The Fair's annually produced cookbook will be on sale at the Home & Hobby information booth for $10.00. If you can't make it to the Fair, send an email to, and they can tell you how to get one by mail.



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



Judging Results

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Home & Hobby Results By Last Name [PDF format]

Home & Hobby Results By Class/Division [PDF format]


Thanks For Your Entries!

Entries are closed for the Home & Hobby Exhibit at the 2016 San Diego County Fair. Information has been left online for those who are entered in this competition.

You can still enter Home & Hobby contests; see the information above.

2016 Home & Hobby Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Home & Hobby Recipe Form [PDF format]
2016 Baked and Decorated Food and Candy [PDF format]
2016 Collections, Miniatures, Models and Table Settings [PDF format]
2016 Decorative Arts and Crafts [PDF format]
2016 Needle Art, Sewing, Weaving and Felting [PDF format]
2016 Preserved Food and Liqueur [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]
Entry pickup: Wednesday, July 6, noon-8:00PM. Details will be emailed to participants.




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


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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