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.

Home & Hobby 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!

Cook or craft your way to a blue ribbon!

If you like to cook, knit, quilt or craft, our one-day Home & Hobby contests are for you! Make something, then take it to the Fair on contest day, where your entry form, recipe (for the cooking contests) and your entry will admit you to the Fair for free! Open to adults 18 and older.

Similar contests for kids and teens are on the Creative Youth Contests page.

The Fine Print

Got questions about these contests? We have the answers! For more details, see the Contest Info.

The Fair awards ribbons for first through fifth place, unless otherwise stated in the entry materials. In some cases, a contest win qualifies you for a higher competition. Please see the contest materials for specifics.

Participants bring their entry, entry form and recipe form (for cooking contests) to the Fair by 12:45PM on contest day. Participants will receive free admission. Please see the contest information for additional details.

There is no entry fee; in fact, participants get free Fair admission!

One entry per class, unless otherwise stated. Most contests have more than one class, and you may enter one item in each class.

See the Competitive Exhibits section for information on entering your cooking, baking, crafts, collections, table settings and more in the Fair’s Home & Hobby exhibit.

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

Entry Information

Contest dates: Various dates in June, 2019.
Registration deadline: Register the day of the contest by bringing your entry, the entry form and recipe form (for cooking contests) to the Fair by 12:45PM. Contest judging starts at 1:00PM in the Home & Hobby Exhibit, 2nd floor, West Grandstand.

Note: The Contest Information was updated as of April 29, 2019, due to a change in the awards for the Queso Diego’s Say Cheese Contest.

Contest Information
Contest Entry Form
Contest Recipe Form

2019 Results

Baking Contest
Salsa/Guacamole Contest
Queso Diego’s Say Cheese Contest
Yarn Block Contest
Ozsome Upcycled Apron Contest
San Diego Cake Club Chocolate Contest
Kombucha Contest
Quilt Of Valor Block Contest

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