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.


2016 Dates, Times, Location

Exhibit Dates: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4, 2016
(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.


This is information from the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Scroll down to see 2016 entry results, and check back next year, sometime in February, when we will have entry information for the 2017 Fair!




2016 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 2016 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:

Bob Hanson ("Consumer Bob,") from Channel 7 San Diego, judged the Brett's Big BBQ Competition.

Maeve Rochford, winner of the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship," judged the Sugar and Scribe's Queen of Hearts Cupcake Contest.

CookbookBianca Rose of Sweet Dreams Gourmet Desserts judged the following events: Jer's Mad About Chocolate Challenge, The Sugar and Scribe's Queen of Hearts Contest, and the Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest.

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.



2016 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 might be interested in entering this competition. New entry information will be posted in early 2017.

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]



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.

One-Day Home & Hobby Contest Results

For descriptions of these contests, please see 2016 Home & Hobby One-Day Contests Information

Great American SPAM Championship, June 4

First, Pamela S. Ryerson of El Cajon; second, Linda M. Frieden of Vista; third, Kelly M. Czechowski of El Cajon. Pamela Ryerson's winning recipe is now eligible for the national competition.

Yarn Blocks, June 8

Hand Knit: First, Shirley Weitzman of San Diego; second, Elizabeth Chao of San Diego; third, Lorna Bisson of El Cajon.

Crochet: First, Ed Krummenacher of La Mesa; second, Lola Everett of Chula Vista; third, Felicity Haberstroh of La Mesa; fourth, Julie Krummenacher of La Mesa; fifth, Alta Dee Willms of Jamul.

Contest winner
Help A Child Smile, June 10

Sewn: First, Rebecca Kennedy of Vista; second, Cynthia Feagle of San Diego; third, Barbara Gilman of Chila Vista; fourth, Sara Jeanne Henkel of San Diego; fifth, Katherine Weaver of Chula Vista.

Knitted: First, Katherine Brydon of Spring Valley; second, Ann Nathman of El Cajon.

Crocheted: First, Jessica Volper of Lakeside; second, Estelle Voelker of San Diego; third, Kathy Vigil of San Diego; fourth, Ann Nathman of El Cajon; fifth, Helen Brady of San Diego.

Contest winner
Brett's BIG BBQ Competition, June 11

Baby Back Ribs: First, Vilma Alcasid of San Diego; second, Brenda Alcasid of San Diego; third, Steven Collins of San Diego.

Chicken: First, Sharon Ellermann of San Diego; second, Michael Kuyper of San Diego; third, Catalina Szilvagyi of San Diego.

Quilt of Valor Block Contest, June 15

Machine or Hand-Pieced: First, Deborah White of Poway; second, Heide White of Escondido; third, Bonnie Dresser of San Diego.

Appliqued: First, Maggie Peterson of Lakeside.

Contest winner
Mad Hatter Hat Contest, June 17

Funniest and Most Outrageous: First, Michelle Fogg of Vista; second, Edward Claudio of Carlsbad; third, Vilma Alcasid of San Diego; fourth, Cynthia Feagle of San Diego; fifth, Krystal Hodges of Poway.

Most Glamorous: First, Neda G of San Marcos; second, Annette A; third, Jessica Ford of San Diego; fourth, Jessica Baldar of Escondido; fifth, Brenda Alcasid of San Diego.

Contest winner
Jer's Mad About Chocolate Challenge, June 18

Bite-Sized Dessert: First, Yuvika Rajan of San Diego; second; Patricia Lapiezo of La Mesa; third, Alberta Dunbar of San Diego.

Contest winner
Tweedledee & Tweedledum's Tupperware Contest, June 23

Microwave Meals Using Tupperware Products: Third, Lynn Miller of El Cajon (no first or second).

Most Unique Item Using Tupperware Products: First, Lynn Miller of El Cajon; second, Bonnie Paul of Santee; third, Cassandra Onstad of San Diego.

Homemade Cheese Contest, June 24

Firm: First, Heather Hewes of San Diego; second and third, Anthony Edwards of Carlsbad; fourth, Chris Kelishes of La Mesa.

Soft: First and fifth, Jessica Voytek of San Diego; second, Christina Ng of El Cajon; third and fourth, Clifford Slatton of Encinitas.

Feta: First and second, Samuel Manis of Jamul; third (tie), Anthony Edwards of Carlsbad and Heather Hewes of San Diego.

Blue: First and second, Anthony Edwards of Carlsbad.

Flavored: First and third, Alyssa Humbert of La Mesa; second, John Peters of Poway; fourth, M. Hudson of San Diego; fifth, Samuel Manis of Jamul.

Other: First, Samuel Manis of Jamul; second, Anthony Edwards of Carlsbad.

Cheshire Cat's Guacamole Contest, June 28

Basic: First, Jenny Desimone of San Diego; second, Sandra Sheppard of Escondido; third, Laura Rivard of Encinitas; fourth, Anne Solomon of Carlsbad.

Spicy: First, Carla Horner of Carlsbad; second, Rabeka Harrison of Chula Vista; third, Steven Collins of San Diego.

Tropical: First, Loni Ingrim of Chula Vista; second, Leigh McDaniel of Encinitas; third, Brenda Alcacid of San Diego.

Caterpillar's Chili Competition, July 2

White or Green Chili, No Chili Heat: First, Jim Martin of Carlsbad; second, Sandra Sheppard of Escondido.

Traditional, Beef With or Without Beans, Red Chili Heat: First, Sandra Sheppard of Escondido; second, Roxy Hanson of San Diego; third, Steven Collins of San Diego; fourth, Brenda Alcasid of San Diego.

Chili, No Meat With Beans: First, Sandra Sheppard of Escondido; second, Jim Martin of Carlsbad.

Gold Medal Flour Cookie Contest, July 4

First, Alberta Dunbar of San Diego; second, Patricia Lapiezo of La Mesa; third, Teresa Jesse of Murrieta; and fourth (honorable mention), Trevor Jesse of Murrieta.




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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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