Competitions

CA State Fair Golden Bear Award

We are excited to continue our 168-year tradition this summer of showcasing the Best of California during the CA State Fair & Food Festival. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates for the 2022 CA State Fair – July 15-31, 2022!

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California Cannabis

Welcoming a new competition
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California Commercial Wine

Professionally judged to recognize the best wines produced in California
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California Commercial Cheese

Celebrating the hard work, craftsmanship, and unique character of California
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Open Livestock

Competitions showcasing a variety of livestock
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Junior Livestock

Junior Livestock is home to the best of California's youth FFA programs!
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Small Animals

Recognizing the hard work of Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4H, and Grange members
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CA Commercial Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Honoring the best extra virgin olive oils grown, processed and packaged in California
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California Commercial Craft Beer

A competition among the best breweries California has to offer!
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Homebrew

This competition will not take place in the 2022 Fair. Click More Details to learn more
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Crafts

Winning crafts will be proudly displayed during the Fair
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Student Showcase

Student Showcase recognizes the best of California youth entries
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Photography

Showcase your skills and talent along with other amazing photographers like yourself
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Artist painting

Fine Art

One of the largest judged art shows in the Golden State
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Plein Air at the Fair Contest

Both novice and experts alike are invited to capture the iconic images of the Fair!
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Canning and Baking

Celebrating California’s best adult & youth home bakers and canners!
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Ag Mechanics

Enjoy the best projects built from California high school FFA students and 4-H members!
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County Fair Best Of Show

Enjoy watching the best exhibitors from every county, citrus, and district fair compete
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Home Wine

This competition will not take place in the 2022 Fair. Click More Details to learn more
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A Counties Exhibit at CA State Fair

California Counties Exhibit