Thursday, February 17, 2022 (1:01 pm)

Now accepting entries for the 2022 OC Fair Competitions!

The OC Fair has begun accepting entries for the annual competitions, which are a long-standing tradition at the summer event – especially for the local fans.

For the 2022 OC Fair, guests are invited to show off their best talents by participating in more than 20 different competitions.

Competitions this year include:

Visual Arts

  • Fine Arts
  • Photography
  • Woodworking

Hand Crafts & Hobbies

  • Collections
  • Hand Crafts
  • Fiber Arts
  • Jewelry

Garden & Floral

  • Cut Flowers
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Container Plants
  • Floral Arrangements

Table Settings


  • Bars & Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Sugar Arts & Confections
  • Yeast & Quick Breads
  • Honey
  • Preserved Food & Liqueur


  • Home Wine
  • Commercial Wine


  • Market Livestock Shows
  • Breeding Livestock Shows

There are also designated divisions and separate competitions for youth.

Deadlines for entries vary based on category. Competition Guides are available at for each competition. The guides detail rules, regulations, important dates and more. Some competitions are free to enter.

In 2021, the OC Fair condensed the number of competitions but still received more than 3,000 entries and issued about 1,400 awards. Results for the 2021 OC Fair Competitions are available at, including a city-by-city breakdown of how each O.C. resident fared.

The OC Fair was recently featured in a documentary about the highly competitive annual Table Settings Competition. SET! was filmed during the 2019 OC Fair and released in 2021 on Discovery+. The film follows the process of several participants in the Table Settings Competition, from registration and brainstorming to finding out whether or not they placed well. Find out more at

Imaginology, OC Fair’s annual family event focused on education, is also accepting entries for two youth competitions: Mural Project and Cardboard Engineering. The deadline for the Imaginology competitions are March 30; Imaginology takes place April 9-10. For more information, visit

“Feel the Sunshine” will be the theme of this year’s OC Fair, which take place July 15-Aug. 14. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Advance ticket purchase is required, and tickets are on sale now.