Sign up for the DIY Design Studio Competitions!

Show off your skills and feature them at the 2017 LA County Fair! Our DIY Design Studio is a celebration of all things creative in the community.

la county fair diy Categories:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Costumes / Cosplay
  • Jewelry
  • Needle Art
  • Pottery
  • Quilting
  • Photography
  • Help A Child Smile
  • Christmas Tree Contest

Full rules, category descriptions and applications are available on our website at http://lacf.com/competitions. Just select the DIY tab and you’ll find everything you need.

We can’t wait to see what creative projects are submitted this year. See you in September!

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2016 Culinary Competition Winners

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Another essential part of our DIY Design Studio is our community culinary competitions. Every year we see the creativity of our guests come to life in the form of desserts, baked goods, BBQ sauces and more. Congratulations to this year’s winners in the below categories:

All American Pie Contest
Avis Brame
Christine Cleland-Jankay
Peggy Linberg

Almost Homemade Contest
Heather Moloian
Peggy Linberg

Baking Powder or Quick Bread
Angela McDonald
April Burton
Christine Gatson-Michalak
Cindy Seffer
Claudia Cook
Cynthia Clarke
Deborah Pettit
Heather Moloian
Lisa Moody
Margaret Wysocki
Pauline Bereuter
Robin Glaser
Robin Ralls
Sharlene Landau

BBQ Contest
Chris Estlow
Chuck Lauria
Jason Ward
Scott Cushman

Best BBQ Sauce Contest
Ben Diaz

Big Baking Recipe Contest
Heather Moloian

Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie & Brownie
GiGi DAmore
Krystle Sanchez

Butters
Beverly Hicks
Francine Rippy
Loretta Srpinger

Cakes, Other Than Layer
Barbara Swecker
Bibiana Escobar
Cindy Seffer
Deborah Robles
Denise Thomas
Ellen Sopkin
Heather Moloian
Kathy Krueger
Mary Lou Lopez
Nicole Osby
Pauline Bereuter
Samantha Wielandt

Cheesecake Recipe Contest
Monine Zerby
Tami Lykens

Chili Cook-off
Rusty Millar

Christmas Cookies
Roy Siegel

Cookies
Cara Graf
Christine Gatson-Michalak
Cindy Seffer
Cynthia Clarke
Deborah Pettit
Dena Dissmeyer
Diane Senyak
Francis Padilla
Gary Hatt
Geri Siegel
Heather Moloian
Helen Pavlov
James Hendricks
Mary Standage
Sharlene Landau
Vicki Miller

Confections
Denise Winslow
Diane Senyak
Gary Hatt
Michele Wallsten
Nancy Miller
Robin Ralls

Conserves
Darrell Fluman
Dena Dissmeyer
Francine Rippy
Kathleen Reynolds
RoseAnn Wheeler

Cupcake Baking Contest
Deborah Pettit

Dried Fruits, Meats or Vegetables
Desiree Hickam
Francine Rippy
Gary Hatt

Edible Art
Ginger Platt

Everything Bacon
April Burton
Jodi Taffel

Fruit & Vegetable Pickles
Abigail Olivas
Francine Rippy
John Coulter

Giant Decorated Cookie
Kimberly Noseworthy

Gingerbread Decorating Contest
Elizabeth Butterfield

Gold Medal Flour
Gigi DAmore

Great Pumpkin Recipe Contest
Andrea Kristian
Heather Moloian
Helen Pavlov
Jennifer Nieto

Holiday Favorite
Heather Molian
Marilyn Cruz

Jams
Adriana Madrigal-Munoz
Deborah Pettit
Dena Dissmeyer
Francine Rippy
Gary Hatt
Jessica Standage
Kim Conley
Leo Grefsrud
Loretta Springer
Marcille Christian
Sonja Michaels
William Lenaburg

Jelly
Beverly Hicks
Brian Cole
Deborah Pettit
Francine Rippy
Leo Grefsrud
Marcille Christian
Rossiter Alice

Juices
Desiree Hickam
Francine Rippy

Kitchen Cordials
Deborah Pettit
Kathleen Reynolds

LACF Chef Championship #1
Israel Valenzuela

LACF Chef Championship #2
Louise Jurgens

Layer Cakes
Deborah Pettit
Deborah Robles
Mary Louise Ardito
Samantha Wielandt
Sonja Michaels
Tami Lykens

Marmalades
Deborah Pettit
Desiree Hickam
Rossiter Alice

Perfect Guacamole and Salsa Dip Contest
Marilyn Cruz
Mondo Hernandez

Preserves
Francine Rippy
Janet Barakat
Loretta Springer
Paul’s Signature

Preserved Foods
Dena Dissmeyer
Francine Rippy
Jamie Taylor
Sonja Michaels

Preserved Vegetables
Desiree Hickam
Francine Rippy

Relishes
Abigail Olivas
Cecelia Small
Francine Rippy
Heidi Cox
Mara Schwartz Kuge

Sauces
Francine Rippy
Pamela Kling-Trier
RoseAnn Wheeler

Special Collections
Abigail Olivas
Francine Rippy

Specialty Breads
Barbara Swecker

Sugar Art
Kathleen Reynolds
Stella Garcia
Veronica Longhi

Tablescaping
Sa Winfield

Taco Contest
April Burton
Peggy Linberg

Tamale Contest
Marilyn Cruz

Vinegar
Francine Rippy

Yeast Bread
Bob Thomas
Christine Gatson-Michalak
Gary Hatt
Heather Moloian
Pauline Bereuter
Richard McGinley

 

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America’s Kids & The Land of Frogs, Princesses and Knights: The Whimsical Side of the Fair

Dare to imagine in Expo Hall 5! Enter the Land of Frogs, Princesses & Knights, where the adventures are non-stop, from the brave and daring acts of the Knight School, to the fun and fancy antics of Wonderland.

Also in Expo Hall 5 is America’s Kids. This world is full of nostalgia, enchantment and wonder for guests of all ages. Children will see some of their favorite stories come to life while parents will get a tad nostalgic seeing some of their classics up close and personal.

Earlier this year we took you behind-the-scenes of this exhibit. Thousands of local children submitted creative projects to be displayed during the Fair.

When we last checked in, all the entries were spread on long tables, shelves and various storage spaces. Fast forward to September and our hard-working team has given out ribbons, awards and hung every submission out for our guests to see.

Play games, dress up, and open your imagination at one of our most creative exhibits at the Fair!

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Fair Snapshot: 2016 Marching Band Competition

It wouldn’t be Fair without our annual marching band competition! Every year, high schools compete in our parades for a chance to win a cash prize and recognition in the LA County Fair Marching Band Competition.

We wanted to take this time to congratulate our 2016 winners: 

1st Place: Chino High School
2nd Place: Glendora High School
3rd Place: Diamond Bar High School

It was a blast seeing all the schools come out this year and march in our parades. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful event!

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Tick-Tock…Fair is Coming to an End + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

By now I’m sure many of you have already visited the Fair at least once, but for those of you who haven’t taken the time to #DARETOFAIR, continue reading as I go over the top 5 things to do at the 2016 LA County Fair.

1)      Indulge – We love food and know you do too! With such concoctions as deep-fried hot sauce, chicken IN waffles (served on a stick), spaghetti ice cream, guacamole balls – battered and fried, bacon-wrapped everything and the belly-buster Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger, take the day off and eat. Don’t fight it. The Fair only comes around once a year.

2)      Roar! – The LA County Fair takes you back 65 million years with life-sized dinosaurs roaming the hillside behind the Flower & Garden Pavilion. Jurassic Planet features 35 animatronic creatures from the mighty T-Rex to the lovable Maiasaura, so realistic you’ll truly think you’ve stepped back in time. Everyone becomes amateur paleontologists with a dino dig pit and fossil hunting. A real paleontologist is on hand to answer any and all questions. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.

3)      OUR BODY: The Universe Within – Go under the skin of human anatomy – literally! – with this fascinating, educational exhibit of 200 uniquely preserved human specimens offering a vibrant, 3D view of our bodies usually reserved just for doctors.

4)      The Igloo – Chill-out in our Arctic Village with Polar Ice Rink* and Penguin Sled Run* made with real ice and snow!  Shop the Arctic Promenade for cool products and come back after 6pm for an all-ages dance party featuring DJ Cool and periodic snow storms.  *. A nominal admission fee required for ages 6 and older.

5)      The Farm – One of the favorite attractions at the LA County Fair, The Farm features a five-acre organic urban garden and the Big Red Barn, home to familiar and not-so-familiar barnyard critters. Children (and adults) love hanging out with our sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and cows.

 

LA County Fair Giveaway

**WE HAVE OUR WINNER** 

Congratulations to ARMANDO for being selected as our winner! Armando says his kids would like to see all the animals, while he and his wife would enjoy trying all the Fair food before our season comes to an end. 

Thank you to everyone for playing!

What would you like to see before the Fair goes away?
Comment below for your chance to win a family 4-pack of admission tickets, carnival ride passes, and a #DARETOFAIR swag bag!
Winners are selected randomly and will be announced Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 pm PDT.

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DIY Design Studio + GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

The hub of all things creative and crafty, the DIY Design Studio is the perfect place to get inspired for your next home project.

Every year we receive thousands of submissions from the local community in categories for photography, tablescaping, quilting, jewelry making, canned goods, the culinary arts, knitting, interior design, and much more.

It’s a place to see what your fellow creatives are doing, to get ideas, and to learn a couple things during our live cooking and home arts demos.

Find this giant hive of creativity under the Grandstand off Broadway (and maybe submit something yourself next year!)

LA County Fair Giveaway

**WE HAVE A WINNER** 

Congratulations to Jenn Reveles for being selected! Jenn wants to see the animals at Mojo’s Wild & Crazy Lagoon and Jurassic Planet! Thank you to everyone for playing! We have a few giveaways left for the last week for Fair. 

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We want as many people to come enjoy the Fair as possible, which is why we’re also hosting a giveaway today! Keep reading to find out how you can win free tickets to the LA County Fair.

-4 Fair admission tickets
-Carnival ride passes
-Food bucks
-Dare To Fair swag bag

Enter to win by telling us what exhibits you want to see this year at the Fair! Winners are selected randomly and will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. PDT.

Good luck!

For more info on the LA County Fair, visit us at lacountyfair.com.

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Fair Snapshot: Duff Goldman & Haylie Duff

Today we had some special guests film here at the Fair: Duff Goldman and Haylie Duff! The two stars are currently filming for “Haylie’s America,” a new show debuting on the Cooking Channel.

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Duff Goldman and Haylie Duff prepare to film for "Haylie's America" Cooking Channel show

Chef Duff Goldman and Haylie Duff are in the middle of a Duff vs. Duff cook-off as we speak. Both stars spent the afternoon gathering Fair food ingredients from different booths and convened in our DIY Design Studio kitchen to film their segment. 

You can watch the full episode this October on the Cooking Channel!

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Enter the 2016 America’s Kids Competition!

Community competitions are a long-standing tradition of the LA County Fair. From quilting to baking and everything in between, our Fair guests have continued to contribute wonderful entries to our various competitions.

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America’s Kids 2014 

While most of our competition entries have been submitted, we want to invite our younger guests (preschool – high school) to submit their work for the America’s Kids competitions.

We are accepting entries in crafts, painting, creative writing, photography, needlework and a number of other categories. Visit the LA County Fair Competitions page to learn more / apply.

We look forward to seeing your work at this year’s Fair!

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2016 LACF Competition Sign-ups are Here!

We’re already deep in the throes of planning for the 2016 Fair and we’re ready for you to join us! Visit the LACF website to sign up for our annual culinary, DIY and America’s Kids competitions.

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Our community entries are a big part of what makes the LA County Fair so fun. Every year we look forward to seeing the cakes, pies, cookies, quilts, clothes, drawings, tablescapings and everything else that our wonderful fans create. See you in September!

Click here for competition forms and additional info.

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High School Marching Band Parade Competition Finals

After three intense weeks, the LA County Fair’s annual High School Marching Band Parade winners were announced this evening for the Open Class, Class A and Class B competition groups.

The competition featured some of the brightest and most talented marching bands from around Southern California as they battled for a grand cash prize of $10,000. Second place took home $5,000 and third place, $2,500.

Prizes were distributed like this:

Open Class (Any size, puts band in the running for the Grand Prizes):

1st place: The Riverside Kingsmen

2nd place: Chino High School 77th Cavalry

3rd place: Diamond Bar High School Thundering Herd

Congratulations to all of our winners! We had a great time listening to your bands perform and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next year! 

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