San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Student Showcase

More than 8,000 projects from San Diego County schools are judged and displayed each year in this exhibit that features the work of students from 7th grade through community college, making it the largest student show on the West Coast with more than 110 divisions.

Competitive divisions include vocational education such as art, graphic design, websites, photography, woodworking, metal shop, auto shop, computer-assisted drafting (CAD), architecture, fashion design, yearbooks, school newspapers and more. A major feature is the Summer of Robotics, where student-built robots compete to complete a course or task.

Please scroll down for additional information on this exhibit.

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
: 1st floor, West Grandstand

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Thank you to our 2014 Student Showcase Donors

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
California Graphic Arts
Educational Association
Chula Vista Art Guild
Clairemont Art Guild
Coastal Supply Company
Colored Pencil Society of America
Gisele's Art Studio
J. K. Studios
Landmark Theatres
Mingei International Museum
Museum of Photography Arts
North County Photographic Society
Pastel Society of San Diego
Printing Industries Association
of San Diego, Inc.
San Diego County
Art Mart Association
Saddleback College
San Diego Fine
Woodworking Association
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Watercolor Society
Studio of Art & Design
Wesley Shaw
Memorial Award

Student Showcase
competition results


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Register for Summer of Robotics

You may enter this contest by online registration only. Please download and read the Competition Information (below) prior to starting the registration process. This competition is offered to high school and hobbyist robotics teams.

Enter Online (link)

Deadline for online entry registration is June 6, 2014. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST).

Competition information

Summer of Robotics categories listed in PDF below.

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Robotics General Information
Online Entry Instructions
Local Rules
State Rules


Summer of Robotics

The Summer of Robotics is a multi-day series of robotic contests and scrimmages using student-built robots. Unless otherwise noted, all take place at Surfside Race Place Sports Club, located on the northeast corner of the Fair, near the Del Mar Arena.

June 7, 10:00AM-1:00PM — FRC First Robotics "Aerial Assist" Contest at the San Diego Showcase Stage

June 14, 11:00AM-5:00PM — FLL First Lego League Scrimmage "Nature's Fury"

June 22, 11:00AM-5:00PM — Collegiate/Hobbyist Games

June 22, 11:00AM-5:00PM — Botball Scrimmage "Assistive Robots" and "Elementary Challenge"

Student Showcase Special Events

Mission Vista High School creative arts program will present several music and drama performances on the Plaza Stage between 11:00AM and 2:00PM, Sunday, June 8.

Palomar College Fashion Show, Saturday, June 14, 1:00-2:00PM, west end of the exhibit. See fashion designs from Palomar College students.

Mesa College Beauty School, Friday, June 20, 11:00AM-4:00PM, in the yearbook displayt area. Students will give free haircuts and manicures.

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ENTRY PICKUP: Monday, July 7, Noon-8:00PM (All items must be picked up by 8:00PM. Large entries released by appointment before noon; see General Information for appointment phone number.)

Competition information

Student Showcase categories listed below.

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INSTRUCTORS: Click to Print your Entry Tag

Student Showcase General Information
Fine Art
General Technology
Literary Publications
Science & Engineering
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 Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM