The San Diego County Fair is open through July 4. In the interest of public safety, activities involving direct animal interaction at the Fair have been suspended.

All guests are encouraged to wash their hands after any contact with animals or their living area, as well as prior to eating or drinking.

Creative Youth Contests

The information below is from the 2019 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2020. Please check back soon!

Enter a cooking or craft contest!

Kids and teens: Enter one of our Creative Youth cooking or craft contests, and you’ll get free admission to the Fair, plus the chance to win a blue ribbon!

Similar contests for adults are on the Home & Hobby Contests page.

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information on these contests.

Not only is there no entry fee, but you will be admitted to the Fair free on the day of the contest between 11 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

One entry per contest per entrant.

Family Contests are new this year, and take place on Saturdays.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Entry Information

Contest materials available: Mid-February, 2019.
Contest dates: Contests take place on Fridays and Saturdays in June, 2019.
Registration deadline: Bring your item and the entry form to the O’Brien Gate on the contest date for free admission to the Fair. Then bring your item to the Creative Youth Tent for judging.

Contest Info & Entry Form

2019 Results

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2019 Creative Youth Contests. In most of these contests, the Danish method of judging is used. This means that every entry that reaches a certain standard is awarded a blue ribbon.

Results will continue to be posted through the end of the Fair.

Baking Contest
Chocolate Dessert Contest
Character Toys Contest
Salsa/Guacamole Contest

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