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.

Scroll down for entry information. One-Day Contest entry information also is available now.

  • JL.Pilsbury.Pie.Bake.Contest.6152013.128
  • JL.Pilsbury.Pie.Bake.Contest.worked.6152013.152
  • IMG_6064
  • IMG_0941
  • IMG_0945
  • IMG_0948
  • IMG_0951
  • 12- my little pony
  • 14- gary carter
  • IMG_1313
  • IMG_1321
  • IMG_1327
  • IMG_1522
  • IMG_6944
  • IMG_6940
  • IMG_6956
  • IMG_6969
  • IMG_6972
  • JL_Chilli_cooking_contest_judged.07012013.12
  • JL.Contest.Yarn.Block.61113.9
  • JL.Contest.Yarn.Block.61113.21
  • DSCN4089
  • SH_Quilting_061420130003

Register for the Home and Hobby Competition

You may enter this contest by online registration only. Please download and read the Competition Information (below) prior to starting the registration process.

Enter Online (link)

Deadline for online entry registration is May 8. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST).

Competition information

PDF documents open in a separate (or pop-up) window.

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 Online Entry Instructions
PDF documents open in a separate window Local Rules
PDF documents open in a separate window State Rules

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 Bush Whackers
San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild
Seaside Quilt 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