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Win a trophy, a blue ribbon, or cold hard cash.

Singer / Songwriter

Singers of original songs can win up to $3,000 in this performance contest.

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In The Spotlight

Singers aged 8-17 can win cash and a trophy in our In The Spotlight contest.

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Battle of the Bands

Your band of 3 or more can win the big $5,000 first prize in this annual contest.

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Summer of Robotics

School teams and hobbyists can enter their robotics in a series of challenges during the Summer of Robotics contest.

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Creative Youth Contests

Kids can enter cooking and craft contests for fun, free Fair admission, and ribbons!

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Zucchini Race

Kids: Make a zucchini into a snazzy and speedy race car, then race it at the Fair.

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Home Harvested Honey

Honey harvesters can win a ribbon at the San Diego County Fair in this contest.

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Photo Shootouts

Take a great Fair photo, and you could win a cash award and a blue ribbon! Open to adults 18 and older.

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Homegrown Produce

Who has the best garden veggies? See how yours compare in our June 17 and 24 contests.

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Home & Hobby Contests

Adults: Show off your cooking and crafts skills in contests during the Fair. Participation gets you free admission!

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Oratorical Competition

Students K-12 can win awards for their public speaking skills in the Fair’s Oratorical Contest.

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Plein Air Painting

Paint or draw a scene on site at the Fair to win cash awards and ribbons!

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Small Image Contest

Enter a small piece of art, either 2D or 3D, and win a ribbon for your masterpiece!

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Boomers and Beyond

Adults can test their knowledge of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s in this trivia contest!

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Homegrown Zucchini

Can your zucchini-growing skills earn you a blue ribbon? Get planting for the Homegrown Zucchini contest!

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Bubble Gum Blowing

Can you blow the biggest bubble? This contest is open to all ages; we provide the gum.

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June 25

My Big Fair Wedding Day

Three lucky couples will be wed in the Fair’s Garden Show, and brides/grooms can connect with wedding service providers.

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24Hr Film Festival

Groups of 3-10 people will have 24 hours to film at the Fair, edit and submit a short movie in this new contest.

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June 17

San Diego County Fair 5K

Start your Fair day early with a fun 5K run through the Fairgrounds the morning of June 17.

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Hometown Heroes

Nominate a community-minded person to be one of our Hometown Heroes!

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June 17

Motorcycle Ride

Join the motorcycle ride to the San Diego County Fair, and win a ribbon for the Best Bike!

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Pie Eating

Be the fastest to eat a piece of Coco’s cream pie without using your hands, and you’ll win a ribbon in this daily contest.

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Ballroom Dance

Adults: Show your moves in one of several dance steps in our Ballroom Dance Contest.

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Three O’Clock Fun

Try your skill at hula hoops, sack races and other old-fashioned fun! Every day of the Fair at 3 p.m.

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Family Look Alike

Family members who look like each other can win ribbons in a series of Family Look Alike Contests.

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Baby Derby

The fastest crawlers can win ribbons and bragging rights in this once-in-a-lifetime contest, a perennial Fair favorite.

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July 4

Most Patriotic Costume

Don your red, white and blue, put on your stars and stripes, and enter our Most Patriotic Costume Contest on July 4!

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Theme Contests

Join in the fun of our Western theme contests! Stick Horse Roping, Cowboy Hat Toss, and more!

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Best Dance Crew

We’re sorry to tell you that this competition has been cancelled for 2017. Thanks for your interest!

Coming in 2018
San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds