Contests

Our contests for kids and adults highlight agricultural and artistic talents. Online contest registration is now closed. Space permitting, you may register for a contest on-site at the Fair on August 28. All entries must be dropped off at the Fair between 11 a.m. and noon.

Contestants must be residents of Washington, DC. First, second and third place winners will receive ribbons, as well as the opportunity to showcase their entries at DC State Fair events throughout the year.

View our schedule to find out when judging will take place and when winners will be announced.

Contests

Art and Handicrafts

  • Upcycled Item (New!). Register by posting a picture of your item on Facebook or Instagram and including the hashtag #DCStateFair in the caption. On August 19, our Board will select the three photos with the most likes and invite the winners to display their items at the fair. Learn more online.

Kids Contests

  • Kids Artwork: Drawing, Painting and Photography
  • Kids Construction with Unconventional Objects (New!). Theme: DC Landmarks.

Homemade Food

  • Chili (New!)
  • Honey
  • Homebrew
  • Ice Cream
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Mumbo Sauce (New!)
  • Pickled Foods: Best Cucumber, Best Vegetable (Non-Cucumber) and Best Fruit (Contest Guidelines)
  • Pie: Best Overall, Best Crust, Best Apple, Best Homegrown, Best Sweet and Best Savory

Homegrown Plants

  • Best Bud
  • Cut Flower: Best Annual and Best Perennial
  • Flower Arrangement. Theme: Centerpiece Flowers (Cozy Table of Two, Large Dinner Party)
  • Funkiest Looking Vegetable
  • Heaviest Vegetable
  • Longest Vegetable
  • Tastiest Tomato

Other

  • Compost
  • Terrarium (New!)

Live Contests

  • Sloppy Joe Eating (New!). No advanced registration required.
  • Hula Hoop (New!). No advanced registration required.
  • So You Think You Can Dance (New!). No advanced registration required.
  • Tattoo (New!): Best Overall, Best Color, Best Black and White and Largest.No advanced registration required.


Pets

Unless otherwise noted, all pet contests will be judged during the Pet Parade. If you plan to enter, please register for the parade online

  • So Ugly… You’re Cute
  • Most Unidentifiable Mutt
  • Most Interesting Haircut
  • Owner/Pet Lookalike
  • Longest Sitter

Judging Schedule

Contests will be judged at the approximate times below. Unless otherwise noted, winners will be announced in the indicated contest tent.

Kids Artwork 12 to 1:30 p.m. Contest Tent 1
Kids Construction with Unconventional Objects 12 to 1:30 p.m. Contest Tent 1
Chili 1 to 2:30 p.m. Contest Tent 3
Honey 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contest Tent 1
Homebrew 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Contest Tent 5

Winners announced on the main stage.

Ice Cream 12 to 1 p.m. Contest Tent 5
Jam or Jelly 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Contest Tent 5
Mumbo Sauce 3 to 4:15 p.m. Contest Tent 3
Pickled Foods 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contest Tent 2
Pie 12 to 4:15 p.m. Contest Tent 4

Winners announced on the main stage.

Best Bud 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Contest Tent 5

Winners announced on the main stage.

Cut Flower 3 to 3:30 p.m. Contest Tent 2
Flower Arrangement 3:30 to 4 p.m. Contest Tent 2
Funkiest Looking, Heaviest and Longest Vegetable 1 to 1:30 p.m. Main Stage
Tastiest Tomato 12 to 12:45 p.m. Contest Tent 3

Winners announced on the main stage.

Compost 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Contest Tent 2
Terrariums 4 to 4:30 p.m. Contest Tent 2