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 CA State Fair & Food Festival.

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.

New This Year:

The California State Fair and its competitions have been closed for the last two years while we have been wearing masks and in quarantine. Share with us your quarantine related crafts that you have been creating out of either necessity or fun with the extra free time you had. Your entries can be abstract and just inspired by quarantine or actual items you created to get you through quarantine. There is no limit to the quarantined imagination, show us your ideas and
win at the California State Fair.

A memory box is a container that holds important objects that remind you of a person or event.


How to Enter

Prize Donors

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

  • Camellia City Rug Hookers: $100 to an outstanding entry in the Rugs division
  • Jewelry Supply: $100 Gift Certificate to each of the First Place winners in Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Division 114 (Jewelry and Bead Art)
  • Bay Area Basketmakers: $100 to the Best of Division in Basketry
  • California Straw Arts Guild: $100 to the Best of Division in Straw Art
  • Gold Country Lacemakers: $100 to the Best of Class Lace/Tatting in Other fiber Arts
  • In Memory of Dorothy Killian Painter: $250 Awarded to a Miniature Quilt of the family’s choice
  • Smog ‘N Go LLC Elk Grove: $100 to the winner of the Woodworkers Sweepstakes
  • Tandy Leather Factory: $50 Gift Certificate to Tandy Leather Factory awarded to the First Place winner in Leather Class 1 – Stamping or Tooling and Class 2 – Carving
  • Brittany Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks: One gift pack of knitting needles ($100 value) and one gift pack of crochet needles ($100 value) to one outstanding knit entry and one outstanding crochet entry in the Fiber Art and Needlework Show
  • Gold Country Decorative Artists: $75 to the winner of Division 118 Any Other Handcraft Class 1 Decorative Painting
  • California Gourd Society: Awards $100 to an outstanding entry chosen by a Society representative in Division 112, Gourds
  • Northern California Quilt Council: Awards $100 to the Judges choice for Best Use of Color in Quilts
  • Paper Tree: Awards $50 to the Judges Choice in Division 120 Paper Craft, Class 1 Origami
  • Gold Country Leather Crafters: Awards three (3) 2022/2023 guild memberships to the judges’ choice in Division 116 (Leather)
  • The Hide House: Awards one “Hair on Hide” to the winner of Class 3 (Other Leathercraft) in Division 116 (Leather)

Competition Dates

Dates Details
April 1, 2022 Entries open registration online
May 19, 2022 Entries close online at 11:59 PM & entry fees must be paid
May 20, 2022 Preliminary acceptance notification email by 6 PM
May 27, 2022 Shipped entries due
May 28, 2022 Hand deliver entries between 9 am – 5 pm
June 8, 2022 Displayed artwork notification email by 6 PM
June 18, 2022 Pick up non-selected entries 9 AM – 5 PM
July 15, 2022 Exhibition opens. Award results posted online
July 16, 2022 Awards ceremony
August 6, 2022 Pick up exhibits 9 AM – 5 PM
August 8, 2022 Return shipped items

Divisions & Classes

Please view the guide for full divisions and classes.

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