Crafts Competition

The mission of California Crafts is to provide, through fair and equitable competition, a California State Fair exhibit of the finest examples of crafts being done in the state.

All California residents, 18 and over, are eligible to enter the Crafts Completion and showcase their crafts at the California State Fair.

The Needle and Fiber Arts guide includes quilting and the special contests. All items entered in the Fiber Arts divisions will be accepted for judging.

For 2024 The Special Contest:

‘Almost Edible’

Food is a conversation starter across the world despite ethnicity, language, religion, or income class. Our common enjoyment of food brings families, cultures, and communities together for celebrations, traditions, and for simple pure enjoyment as Connoisseurs of Cuisine – or affectionately termed “Foodies.” Consider what your favorite food is and share with us your version of its appearance. It should elicit hunger cravings, evoke sentimental memories, and be so realistic that it is “Almost Edible”. However, beware it’s only art that is consumed by the eyes of onlookers for this competition! Show us your ideas and win at the 2024 California State Fair!

How to Enter

Check the guide for full instructions on how to enter. Guidebooks are updated regularly until June, so make sure to continue checking back!

2024 Fiber Crafts Guide

2024 Handcrafts Guide

Step by Step Online Instructions How to Enter

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Delgreta Brown

California Crafts Coordinator

(916) 263-3135

Prize Donors

A special thank you to our competition prize donors. We appreciate your support.

  • In Memory of Dorothy Killian Painter: $500 Awarded to an Entry in all Quilt Categories of the family’s choice

Competition Dates

Dates Details
March 4, 2024 Entries open registration online
May 5, 2024 Entries close online at 11:59 pm & entry fees must be paid
May 23, 2024 Preliminary acceptance notification email by 6 pm
May 31, 2024 Shipped entries due
May 31 – June 1, 2024 Hand Deliver entries between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 11, 2024 Displayed work notification email by 6:00 pm
June 14 – 15, 2024 Pick up of non-displayed items
July 12, 2024 Exhibition Opens. Award results posted online
July 14, 2024 Awards Ceremony
August 3, 2024 Pick up exhibits 9 am – 5 pm
August 8 – 15, 2024 Return shipped items

Divisions & Classes

Please view the guide for full divisions and classes.

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