Home & Hobby Contests

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.

This year’s cooking contests are:
The Great American SPAM Championship, Saturday, June 3, 2017
West Coast BBQ & Brew’s Wild West BBQ Contest, Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ro Z’s Sweet Art Studio’s Calamity Jane’s Chocolate Contest, Saturday, June 17, 2017
Tupperware’s Root Tootinest Cooking Contest, Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Marie Callender’s Cowboy Cornbread Contest, Friday, June 23, 2017
Coco’s Prospector’s Pie Contest, Saturday, June 24, 2017
Billy The Kid’s Baked Bean Contest, Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Queso Diego’s Cheesemakers Rodeo Contest, Saturday, July 1, 2017

This year’s craft contests are:
Yarn Blocks Contest, Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Help A Child Smile Contest, Friday, June 9, 2017
Quilt of Valor Quilt Block Contest, Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Pinterest Design A Horseshoe Contest, Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Entry Information

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.

Contest Info and Entry Forms

The Fine Print

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.

San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds