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Creative Youth

Kids & Teens: Enter your creations

Kids and teens can create something wonderful, and enter it to win recognition, ribbons and donated awards in the Creative Youth competitive exhibit at the San Diego County Fair.

This exhibit is open to individuals and members of youth organizations between the ages of 5 and 17.

We’re moving! In 2020, Creative Youth and Best of PreK-6th Grade are moving to the West Grandstand, where Student Showcase and Home & Hobby are. We’re excited, because creativity from all generations will be on display in the same area!

Enter A Contest

Enter one of the Creative Youth Contests. Have fun with your cooking or craft skills (and get free admission to the Fair when you enter)!

Creative Youth Contests

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is information about entering this exhibit.

Individuals and groups, ages 5-17.

Work done as part of a class project can be entered in Best of PreK-6th Grade (preschool through 6th grade) or Student Showcase (7th grade through community college).

The entry fee is $5 per entry. Entry fees are non-refundable, however in the event of competition cancellation, entry fees will be applied to the following year or refunded.

Please see the appropriate division for specific entry limits. An individual entry is one item made by one child. A group entry is one item made by two or more individuals.

Entries are judged in a closed, blind session using the Danish System. The judging process compares each exhibit on its own merit against a recognized standard. Coordinators reserve the right to transfer an entry to the correct class if needed. The decision of the judges is final. First- and second-place ribbons will be awarded as merited. Additionally, several divisions have special awards.

Yes! The Fair has many one-day contests that kids and teens can enter:

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

UpdateLatest News

If you entered the 2020 Creative Youth Competition we have contacted you directly with information regarding your entries. Get in touch if you have further questions.

We look forward to seeing you in the 2021 competition, where we will continue our “Heroes Unite!” Fair theme. Use these 2020 entry materials as your guide—we plan on using the same divisions and classes.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020.
Entry delivery: Varies according to division. Please see Entry Information.
Exhibit dates: June 5-July 5, 2020.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, June 28, 2020.
Entry pickup: Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

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Entry Information
Local Rules
State Rules
Recipe Form (hidden)

2019 Results

Congratulations to those who won major awards in the 2019 Creative Youth Exhibit.

Results By Last Name
Results By Division

What To See And Do

Learn more about all the fun activities in this exhibit during the Fair!

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