Blue Ribbons Galore at the DIY Design Studio

Looking for old-school Fair fun? Look no further than the DIY Design Studio, home to dozens of competitions. From photography to knitting to baking, this is the place where our most creative guests can show off their talents (and compete for a coveted blue ribbon!)

la county fair home arts Many competition entries are submitted beforehand; participants don’t know who won until they walk through our doors and see their work on display (a long-time Fair tradition!)

No matter how many times we’ve walked through the DIY Design Studio, we’re always impressed with the level of care participants put into their projects.

Minor details — the smallest rose on a cake, the finishing touch on a tablescaping piece, the perfect color on a crotchet blanket — are distinct reminders that the home arts are truly alive and well in our community.

la county fair home arts Guests check out the tablescaping entries on display

Fairplex CEO & President Miguel Santana takes a look at our culinary competition winners so far

In addition to the entries that have already been judged, new blue ribbons are being awarded every single day in our live culinary competitions!

Iron Chef and Chopped-like competitions, where guests have to create dishes on the spot with a secret (Fair-themed) ingredient, and traditional contests like the grilled cheese and salsa competitions are held on a weekly basis.

The first, second and third place winners have their picture taken and placed on our board in the competitions arena (pictured in the photo above).

To learn more about the DIY Design Studio competitions, visit us at!

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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 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 DIY Blue Ribbon Winners

Despite the many changes the LA County Fair has seen over the years, some traditions remain tried and true, like our community domestic arts competitions.

Every year we receive hundreds of submissions in the categories of ceramics, interior design, quilting, embroidery, scrapbooking, embroidery, photography and a number of other skills.

All these wonderful entries are on display in our DIY Design Studio, underneath the Grandstand. Thank you to everyone who participated this year — this is truly a community effort and we enjoy seeing your entries every year.

A few of you have been asking to see the names of all the Blue Ribbon (1st Place) winners, and we thought, what better place to do this than on our Fair blog! So without further ado, your 2016 DIY Design Competition Winners:


April Zermeno
Claudia Cook
Douglas de Wet
Dr. Robert Krause
Joan Simonelli
John Schuessler
Judith Gale
Louise Trevino
Lupe Lutz
Nadya Selix
Takuji Yamamoto

Decorative Painting
Anne Heyne (senior)
Ashley Hurst/Robb (novice)
Ashlee Wyatt
Carole Young (senior)
Debra Doyle (senior)
Donald Martin Jr. (novice)
Elizabeth Butterfield (novice)
Emma Green (senior)
Ginger Platt (novice)
John Kume (senior)
Marjorie Martinez (senior)
Marzetta Alexander (novice)
Ray Fry (senior)
Savannah Ramirez (senior)
Sharon Bray (senior)
Taylor Kowalczyk (novice/senior)
Terri Mullin (senior)
Tina Armijo (novice)
Tom Oliver (senior)

Emily Do
Jacque Rabieaux

Hand Painted China
Donna Wigert
Ji Shim
Karen Taylor
Mary Wallace

Daniel Kelley
Ginger Platt
Jeanne Varney
Patricia Burns

Polymer Clay
Brittany Olivieri
Ginger Platt

Stained Glass
Mark Nelson
Patricia Burns
Peter Williams
Sandra Guizado
Sharon Grossman

Joyce Robinson

Debbie Mead
Earl Scott
Francisco Rodriguez
Jim Umbarger


Christmas Tree Decorating
Ashley Hurst/Robb
Marjorie Brown

Other Crafts
Alice Aguilar
Amber Espy
Ash Martin
Ashley Hurst/Robb
Christa Waydo
Debra Doyle
Diane Munsten
Donna Lee-Watson
Ginger Platt
Jerry Damon
Kathi Edstrom
Leona Axe
Leslie Olson
Lugene Haynes
Lynne Wolfson
Marjorie Martinez
Pranee Bettencourt
Richard Barrientos
Tracy Ramirez
Vern Clayton

Pumpkin Decorating Contest
Ashley Hurst/Robb
Ginger Platt

Rubber Stamping
Bronwyn Velazquez
Gayle Ness
Josie Garcia
Nikki Turnour
Suzanne Cook

Bronwyn Velazquez
Donna-Lee Watson
Kelene Nix
Lakesha Robinson
Linda Pulido
Suzanne Cook


Debra Barrell
Lori Oseguera
Rita Blue-Storck 

Costumer Guild West Authentic Costume
Darrell McIntyre
Lori Oseguera

Crocheted Clothing
Carole Hamburger
Cecilia Gomez
Colette Vahle
Esther Rodriguez
Jacque Rabideaux
Kathy Kloman
Margie Ramirez
Maria Luisa Romero
Mollie Avila
Natalie Welts
Patricia Staley
Tamara Dixon

Embellished Clothing & Accessories
Cyrene Massouris

Linda Firenze
Michele Ruley
Nan O’Donnell
Tawney Osejo

Hand Knitted Clothing
Debbie Mead
Ella Taylor
Ginny Mateen
Karen Frazer
Lori Wat
Madison St. John
Mary Beth Kelso
Nelda Ferrell
Susie Umbarger
Tamara Dixon
Vicki Miller
Virginia Van Osdel

Handmade Purses
Joyce Robinson
Kim Garlow

Pet Attire
Joanne Oliva

Wearable Art
Patty D’Amore

Wedding Attire and Accessories
Debra Barrell
Lori Oseguera


Diane Musten
Ginger Platt
Joyce Robinson
Linda Treadway-Dillmon
Maria Escobar
Nikki Mueller
Sharron Neyer

Gourd Art
Debra Doyle
Olive Moore

Jewelry (General)
John Kumpe
Joyce Robinson
Lynne Christianson
Vicky Jenkins


Alice Michele Dwinell
Ann Daush
Casandra Estrada
Frank D’Amore
Genessi Torres
Gilbert Piron
Isamura Cuellar
James Dyer
Janet Thomasser
Jillian Matzner
John Yeski
Jonathan Choi
Michelle McCartney
Paul Gutierrez
Ron Penrose
Savannah Ramirez
Shirley DeBraal
Shirley Goodwin
Stevie Stevonovich
Tammy Reynolds Wilson
Tracy Ramirez
Ty Foster
Virginia Violette
Welma Fu


Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
April Sweet
Carole Hamburger
Christine Gonzalez
Susie Umbarger

Free Motion Machine Embroidery
Judy Phillips
Virginia Rodriguez

Group Quilts
Carolyn Bradley
Joyce Robinson
Leslie Burghardt
Susan Buck 

Hand Quilting
Chika Yamamoto
Deborah Hamilton
Geraldine Mohr
Juanita Byerly
Sharon Jergens
Wendy Duncan

Long Arm Quilting
Gloria Flores
Janine Miller
Maria Rodriguez
Pat Johnson
Susan Vite
Wendy Costello

Machine Quilting
Barbara Hennessy
Barbara Wells-Roberts
Chika Yamamoto
Diane Wilkins
Dorene Wilkins
Jan Huber
Judy Phillips
Melinda Stenger
Melody Lutz
Patti McCormick
Victoria Peyton 

Quilted Articles
Adelina Portillo
Gigi Volkoff
Jackie Bauder
Melody Lutz
Susan Buck

Quilt Block Challenge
Donna Owens
Jackie Bauder
Michelle Case

Quilts & Quilted Items
Diane Nielson
Dorene Mittwer
Elizabeth Muir
Joyce Robinson
Juanita Byerly
Yolanda Barrozo


Brazilian Embroidery
Beatrice Garcia
Dorothy Rucker

Crocheted Afghans and Articles
Catherine Anders
Cecelia Furukawa
Colette Vahle
Esther Rodriguez
Irene Clark
Kathy Kloman
Linda Treadway-Dillmon
Mary Gray
Patty Vredenburg
Pauline Martinez
Shirley Garcia
Sue Coggins
Susan Holdren
Tamara Dixon
Victoria Peyton

Counted Cross Stitch
Anne Vogel
James Birdwell
Jennifer Newkirk
Kandace Nunn
Katherine Braker
Marlane Kroner
Nancy Godfrey
Patrick Barnes
Pauline Yawitz
Teri Wilkinson
Tony Mendoza
Valerie Reece

Free Form Knitting or Crocheting
April Sweet
Carole Hamburger
Christine Gonzalez

Hand Embroidery
Audrey Morris
James Birdwell
Lillian Hu
Marlane Kromer
Mona Sumioka

Hand Knitted Afghans and Articles
Debbie Jensen
Esther Fairris
Ginny Mateen
Hatsumi Nomura
Pauline Yawitz
Susie Umbarger

Hand Spinning
Annie To
Debbie Mead
Nan O’Donnell

Hand Spun Finished Article
Ginny Mateen

Darlene Kincaid
Doris Thompson
Sarah Maloof

Colette Vahle
Lilli Witczak
Mollie Avila
P. Melanie Vliet
Stephanie Kleinerman
Valerie Reece

Needlepoint & Petit Point
Betty Ortiz
Christina Kelleher
Dolores Osborne
Joyce Cohen
Kim Griffin
Margo Schenstrom
Marlane Kroner
Pauline Yawitz
Susan Fitzsimons
Terry Traver
Virginia Van Osdel


Brenda Hines
Caroline Gonzales
Katherine Dodd


Help A Child Smile
Donnice Brown
Krystina Kyle

Jane Artinian

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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


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. 


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

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A sneak peek of the new DIY Design Studio

LACF is adding a new component to the do-it-yourself (DIY) and culinary competitions this year with the brand-new DIY Design Studio.

Upon entering, guests feel as if they have stepped into the virtual world of Pinterest, surrounded by DIY workshops and entries submitted by other Fairgoers. Our creative team is busy putting it all together and took us on a quick tour of the soon-to-be studio. After seeing it for ourselves, we can vouch that this will be every crafter’s paradise.

LACF DIY Design Studio Halloween Corner With Halloween just a few months after the Fair ends, guests can see DIY witch’s brews, pumpkins, trick o’ treat bags and other fun Halloween home decor ideas.

Down another hall are Christmas trees and fun holiday displays. Live workshops will be held in the studio including lessons in jewelry making, quilting, knitting and tablescaping.

Pops of orange, blue, green, fuchsia and other bright hues set the tone for the studio. Inspiration can be gleaned from every corner, from workroom accessory ideas to color schemes and practical decor for your laundry room.

DIY Design Studio Laundry Corner

“We don’t make anything you can’t make yourself,” Kathy Wadham, director of creative programming said. “You can be creative without spending money, and that’s what we want to show you here.”

We can’t wait to see the completed project come Fair time!

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Behind-the-Scenes: DIY Design Studio Entries

Each year hundreds of LACF guests submit their do-it-yourself (DIY) creations to be displayed for our 1.5 million visitors. Entries include a colorful mixture of jewelry, paintings, photography, quilts, knitting and sewing creations, home decor items and seasonal arts & crafts.

We stopped by the brand new DIY Design Studio (formerly Tapestry) to see what treasures will be at LACF this year. Watch the video to see how it all works:

Coming up later this week: a tour of the new workshops and exhibits within the DIY Design Studio. Our creative team has done an excellent job with the new attraction!

For more information on the DIY Design Studio visit

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