San Diego County Fair

Student Showcase

About this exhibit

This exhibit features student projects from San Diego County schools grades 7-12, community college and adult education, competing for awards.

Student work is from STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) including art, graphic design, websites, photography, woodworking, robotics, science, computer-assisted design (CAD), architecture, video, fashion design, yearbooks, school newspapers and much more. More than 9,000 projects are received, judged and displayed each year.


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, 1st Floor

Entry information has been moved toward the bottom of the page.



Exhibit Attractions and Activities

Student Showcase Haircut DemonstrationNEW in 2016: Participate in the People's Choice award by voting for your favorite entry.

NEW in 2016: New competition divisions, including Newspaper Websites and Aerial View Photography.

NEW in 2016: Head over to the 2016 Spotlight on Education Display, with this year's featured school, Escondido Charter High School.

Arnie Ruskin CAD Contest: Watch students solve Mechanical and Architectural problems in this Computer Aided Design Contest. June 4-5, and June 11-12, 11:00AM-6:00PM.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Demonstrations: Join us for hands-on participatory science fun for all on June 10, 11:00AM-2:00PM.

Student Showcase Fashion ShowFree Haircuts: Free haircuts are offered by San Diego Community College Students on June 17, 11:00AM-3:00PM.

Community College Fashion Show: See the future of fashion design as models walk the "ramp" to show award-winning, student-designed clothing and accessories.
Palomar College, June 25, 1:00PM-2:00PM
Mesa College, June 26, 1:00-2:00PM

Educators' Night

Teachers please join us on Friday, June 24, 4:00PM-7:00PM, for a networking and idea-sharing reception for teachers in the Creative Youth Tent (K-6th grade) and Student Showcase Exhibit (7th grade-Community College).



Summer of Robotics Competition

Robotics contestRegistration for Summer of Robotics is now closed. Entry information has been left online for those who are entered.
2016 Robotics Competition Information

If you would like to watch these fun events, more information is on the Summer of Robotics page in the Events section.





Thanks for your entries!

Entries are closed for Student Showcase at the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

Information has been left online for those who are entered in this competition.

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The documents below are all in PDF format.

2016 Student Showcase Entry Information
2016 Drafting
2016 Fashion Design
2016 Fine Art
2016 General Technology
2016 Graphics
2016 Literary Publications
2016 New Media
2016 Photography
2016 Science & Technology
2016 Video
2016 Local Rules
2016 State Rules
Entry Tag & Labeling Instructions
Student Labels
Benefits of Entering Student Showcase for Teachers and Students

Entry Delivery: May 17-18, noon to 7:00PM;
June 1, noon to 7:00PM, for yearbooks and literary publications only
Awards Reception: Saturday, June 18, at 8:45AM
CAD Contest Awards: Saturday, June 25, at 10:00AM
Entry Pickup: Wednesday, July 6. Instructions will be handed out at delivery of entries.




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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 Student Showcase Donors

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

North County Photographic Society

California Graphic Arts Ed Association

Pastel Society of San Diego

Chula Vista Art Guild

Printing Industries Association of San Diego, Inc.

Clairemont Art Guild

Saddleback College

Coastal Supply Company

San Diego Chapter - Colored Pencil Society of America

Gisele's Art Studio

San Diego County Art Mart Association


San Diego Fine Woodworking Association

Goodheart-Willcox Publisher

San Diego Museum of Art

J.K. Studios

San Diego Watercolor Society

Landmark Theatres

Studica Inc. Auto Desk Products

Martin Fine Art Classes

Studio of Art & Design

Mingei International Museum

Museum of Photographic Arts

Wesley Shaw Memorial Award - Lynne Shaw