San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Home and Hobby

Hours: Opening to 10:00PM (Sunday-Thursday); 11:00PM (Fridays and Saturdays); 12:00AM (July 4)
Location: Second floor, West Grandstand

This is the place to enjoy many different things in one place, from traditional quilts to quirky collections, and homemade beer and wine, there is something for everyone. Collections range from memorabilia to antiques, to the truly unusual, much of it fit for a Ripley's Believe it or Not. Look for the many One Day Contests, open to any member of the public wanting to participate. Participation gets you free admission to the Fair simply by bringing your entry and contest form to the front gate during the allotted time. Various clubs and guilds provide demonstrations of their craft. A state-of-the-art kitchen houses daily cooking demos and other fun ideas to get creative juices flowing. Check the program for specific times and schedule.

Competition information

Please note: The deadline for entering Home & Hobby was May 8.
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PDF documents open in a separate window General Information
PDF documents open in a separate window Baked and Decorated Foods and Candy
PDF documents open in a separate window Preserved Food and Liqueur
PDF documents open in a separate window Collections, Miniatures, Models, Stamps, Coins and Tokens
PDF documents open in a separate window Decorative Arts and Crafts
PDF documents open in a separate window Needle and Textile Arts
PDF documents open in a separate window Recipe Form (must be completed and delivered with all food item entries)
PDF documents open in a separate window Recipe Form (hand fill)
PDF documents open in a separate window Online Entry Instructions
PDF documents open in a separate window Local Rules
PDF documents open in a separate window State Rules

Trench Art

This display is a collaboration with Balboa Park's Veterans Museum presenting "trench art," a collection of drawings and items made in the trenches during World War II.

Tony LaBue

Also known as Tony the Vet, LaBue will join us daily and demonstrate art. Tony is a senior disabled wartime vet who is an advocate and public speaker. The founder of Arts Alive, Arts for Veterans and deported vets. Make-a-card for a VA patient and more.

The Tinker's Common

Soldering fabrics, quilt piecing, Victorian ribbon work, and an incredible fruit and vegetable carving demo.

New Kitchen Demonstrators

These include The Curious Fork, a Pinterest demo, and So Rich Chocolates is doing a beer and chocolate pairing.

Celebrity Judges!

We are excited to have Ro Zinniger, a sugar artist and instructor with Ro Z's Sweet Art Studio, Michael Turko of KUSI's Turko Files, and Chef Charity George of d'zrt Cake Studio judging our decorated cakes. Both appeared on TLC's Fabulous Cakes.

Get Inspired on Pinterest

Create a craft inspired by Pinterest and pin your project using the hashtag #SanDiegoFair.

Thank you to our 2015 Home & Hobby Donors

American Sewing Guild
Brett's BBQ
The Curious Fork
Knitters Brewing Company
Machine Knitters Guild of San Diego
Misti Washington Gourd & Basket
Muchas Manos de San Diego EGA
Pampered Chef
Porcelain Artists of San Diego
San Diego American Needlepoint Guild
San Diego Bead Society
San Diego Brush Whackers
San Diego North
Coast Knitters Guild
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild
Seaside Quilter's Guild
Silvergate Lacers

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 and entry form
Recipe Form (must be completed and delivered with all food item entries)

The Great American SPAM Championship
Saturday, June 6

Yarn Blocks
Wednesday, June 10

Help A Child Smile
Friday, June 12

Pie Boss Baking Contest
Saturday, June 13

Quilt of Valor Quilt Block
Wednesday, June 17

PIN-Spiration Craft Contest
Friday, June 19

Homemade Cheese Contest
Saturday, June 20

Jer's Chocolate Dessert Derby
Sunday, June 21

The Curious Fork Salsa Contest
Tuesday, June 23

Antique Contest
Thursday, June 25

Chili Cook-Off Contest
Saturday, June 27

Brett's BBQ Sauce Contest
Wednesday, July 1

Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest
Saturday, July 4


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