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Contests

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

My Big Fair Wedding Day

Be one of three lucky couples to receive a complementary wedding in the Fair’s Garden Show.

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Singer / Songwriter

Singers of original songs can win up to $3,000 in this performance 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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In The Spotlight

Kids and teen singers! Enter our performance contest, and you can win cash and a trophy.

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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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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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Zucchini Race

Kids: Make a zucchini into a snazzy and speedy race car, then race it at the Fair on June 17.

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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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Creative Youth Contests

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

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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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Homegrown Zucchini

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

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Fine Art Contests

Paint a scene on site at the Fair, or bring your petite creation to win cash awards and ribbons!

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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
Opens mid April

Hometown Heroes

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

Coming soon

Home Harvested Honey

Bring your jar of raw honey on June 10 to win a ribbon at the 2017 San Diego County Fair.

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Oratorical Competition

Students K-12 can win awards for their public speaking skills in the Fair’s Oratorical Contest on June 3.

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Motorcycle Ride

Join the motorcycle ride to the San Diego County Fair on June 17, and win a ribbon for the Best Bike!

Coming soon
Info by early April

Bubble Gum Blowing

Can you blow the biggest bubble? Win a ribbon if you can in our Bubble Gum Blowing Contest! Open to all ages; we provide the gum.

Coming soon
Info by early April

Pie Eating

Be the fastest to eat a piece of Coco’s cream pie without using your hands, and you might win a ribbon in our daily Pie Eating Contest.

Coming soon
Info by early April

Ballroom Dance

Adults: Show your moves in one of several dance steps in our Ballroom Dance Contest. You could win a trophy or ribbon!

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Info by early April

Three O’Clock Fun

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

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Info by early April

Family Look Alike

Family members who look like each other can win ribbons in a series of Family Look Alike Contests at the San Diego County Fair.

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Info by early April

Baby Derby

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

Coming soon

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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Info by mid April

Theme Contests

Join in the fun of our theme contests! This year, we’ll have contests such as Cowpoke Vest Relays, Stick Horse Roping and Cowboy Hat Toss, just to name a few.

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Info by mid April

Boomers and Beyond

Every Thursday, adults can test their knowledge of the “good old days” (’50s, ’60s and ’70s) in our Boomers and Beyond trivia contest!

Coming soon
San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds