Home & Hobby

What’s Home & Hobby?

Ever since county fairs began, a blue ribbon for the best cake or the prettiest quilt was a shining achievement. Home & Hobby is the competitive exhibit where cooks and crafters can shine! This huge department includes:

Results are in!

To see who won the ribbons this year, choose the Home & Hobby section you’d like to see.

Preserved Foods & Liqueur

Divisions in this competition include canned fruits and vegetables, dried foods, jams, jellies, soft spreads, pickles, relishes, sauces, and liqueurs.

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Baked & Decorated Foods

This is the place for delicious cakes, candy, cookies, gluten-free baking, special needs baking, breads, decorated cakes (not to be consumed) and edible structures.

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Textile and Needle Arts

Crafts you make with a needle and thread or fabric, such as crocheting, hand and machine knitting, lacemaking, embroidery, cross-stitch, sewing, weaving, felting and quilting.

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Decorative Arts

Includes basketry & gourds, beading, ceramics, dolls & stuffed toys, holiday decorations, hand-painted china, tole & decorative painting, polymer clay and miscellaneous crafts.

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Collections

This competition features one-of-a-kind collections, from sports and historical memorabilia to fun and kooky. It also includes miniatures, models, and table setting.

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One-Day Contests

During the Fair, enter a Home & Hobby cooking or crafts contest. You bring your entry to the Fair the day of the contest (and get free admission). Info is available in the Contests section.

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Food & Liqueurs

Delicious Creations

Bakers, cake decorators, candy makers and liqueur makers: Enter your work to win cash awards and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Home & Hobby competitive exhibit, Baked/Decorated Foods, Preserved Foods, and Liqueur divisions.

Preserved Foods & Liqueurs

This competition includes canned fruits and vegetables, dried foods, jams, jellies, soft spreads, pickles, relishes, sauces, and liqueurs.

Baked & Decorated Foods

This competition includes competition includes cakes, candy, cookies, gluten-free baking, special needs baking, breads, decorated cakes (not to be consumed) and edible structures.

Missed The Deadline?

Enter one of the Home & Hobby one-day cooking contests! You can win recognition, ribbons and everyone who enters gets free Fair admission the day of the contest.

Home & Hobby Contests

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about entering this exhibit.

The food divisions of Home & Hobby are open to those 18 and older. You must be 21 or older to enter the liqueur division.
The processing fee is $5-$10 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable. Please download the division information for specific information.
Please see the Entry Information and division information for the divisions and classes you want to enter.
No. Ages 5-17 have food competition in Creative Youth.
Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Entries are closed for this competition.
Entry delivery: Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Results posted: By June 15, 2019.
Awards ceremony: Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Pickup of entries: Sunday, July 7, 2019.

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Entry Information
Preserved Foods & Liqueur
Baked & Decorated Foods
Recipe Form
State Rules
Local Rules

Who Won The Ribbons

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2018 Home & Hobby competitive exhibit.

Preserved Foods & Liqueurs – By Last Name
Preserved Foods & Liqueurs – By Division
Baked & Decorated Foods – By Last Name
Baked & Decorated Foods – By Division

Crafts, Textiles & Needle Arts

Crafts, textiles and needle arts projects

Show off your latest sewing, crocheting, hand and machine knitting, lace making, embroidery, cross-stitch, weaving, felting and quilting designs. Enter your work to win cash awards and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Home & Hobby competitive exhibit, Needle Arts and Decorative Crafts divisions.

Needle Arts

This competition includes crocheting, hand and machine knitting, lacemaking, embroidery, cross-stitch, sewing, weaving, felting and quilting.

Decorative Arts

This competition includes basketry & gourds, beading, ceramics, dolls & stuffed toys, holiday decorations, hand-painted china, tole & decorative painting, polymer clay and miscellaneous crafts.

Missed The Deadline?

Enter one of our Home & Hobby one-day craft contests! You can win recognition, ribbons and everyone who enters gets free Fair admission the day of the contest.

Home & Hobby Contests

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information on entering this exhibit.

Adults, 18 and older, may enter this exhibit. Ages 5-17 have similar competition in Creative Youth.

The processing fee is $8-10 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable. Please see the division information for specifics.

You may enter up to two entries per class.

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

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Entries have been closed for this competition.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Results posted: By June 15, 2019.
Awards ceremony: Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Pickup of entries: Sunday, July 7, 2019.

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Entry Information
Needle Arts
Decorative Arts
State Rules
Local Rules

Who Won The Ribbons

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2018 Home & Hobby competitive exhibit.

Needle Arts – By Name
Needle Arts – By Division
Decorative Arts – By Name
Decorative Arts – By Division

Collections

Collections, Models, Miniatures & Table Decor

Enter your prized collection, your carefully constructed models and miniatures, or your creative table setting to win cash awards and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Home & Hobby competitive exhibit, Collections divisions.

This part of the Home & Hobby competition includes:

  • Collections such as dolls, stamps, coins, memorabilia (and just about anything you can think of)
  • Miniatures
  • Models
  • Table setting

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about entering this exhibit.

Adults, 18 and older, may enter this exhibit.

The processing fee is $10 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable.

You may enter one entry per class, with no limit on classes. Some of these classes have display size restrictions.

No. Ages 5-17 have similar competition in Creative Youth.
Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Entries have closed for this competition.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Results posted by: By June 15, 2019.
Awards ceremony: Sunday, June 30, 2019.
Pickup of entries: Sunday, July 7, 2019.

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Entry Information
Collections, Miniatures, Models & Table Setting
State Rules
Local Rules

Who Won The Ribbons

Congratulations to those who won awards and ribbons in the 2018 Home & Hobby competitive exhibit.

Results By Name
Results By Division

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