We are excited you plan to join us as we celebrate our tenth year showcasing the agricultural, culinary and artistic pursuits of the District of Columbia and its residents.

In the guide you will find the rules and regulations for this year’s contests. Our contests for kids and adults highlight the agricultural, artistic, culinary, and even athletic talents of the District of Columbia.

This year, the fair will be hosted at DC Gateway at St. Elizabeth’s East at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, on September 8, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Contest winners are scheduled to be announced and given their ribbons on the Main Stage between bands: roughly 11:45, 12:45, and 1:45. Any winners not available to collect their ribbon on Sunday will be contacted after the fair.

Contest entries will be judged before the fair. Information on dropping off your entries can be found below.

Awards are listed with each possible contest. Ribbons will be awarded at the judges’ discretion and all levels are not guaranteed to be awarded for each category or contest. We encourage creativity with your entry names, recipe titles, and even design (think DC pride).

NEW IN 2019:

  • Best of Ward 8
  • Cake
  • Hot Sauce
  • Pasta & Pesto Sauce
  • Photography

Please contact the Contests Committee at with any questions.

Click the images below to view the contest guide. CONTEST ENTRIES FOR 2019 ARE CLOSED.



Most contests will be judged at the Fair site on Saturday, Sept. 7. Please see below the information for dropping off your specific entries, as there are a few exceptions. Late entries or drop offs will not be accepted.

All entries MUST be delivered to The Public Option (1601 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC 20018) by COB Friday, Sept. 6. You can drop off starting today anytime during their business hours (Thursday & Friday 6-11, Saturday 2-11, Sunday 2-7).

The drop off for your entry will be on Sunday, Sept. 8 between 11 and 11:30 a.m. at the Fair site.

The drop off for your entry will be on Saturday, Sept. 7, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at the Fair site.

Thanks again and we will see you on Sunday, Sept. 8 to hear the announcement of the winners and to collect your ribbons!!

Please contact the Contests Committee at with any questions.



(*This list is tentative, stay tuned for updates)
Sign up by showing up! Unless otherwise noted, live contests are for people of all ages. 
  • Hula Hoop: Longest Hula Hooping and Most Creative Style 
  • Double Dutch
  • Limbo: Under Five Feet Tall and Over Five Feet Tall
  • Sloppy Joe Eating (Adults Only) 
  • Watermelon Seed-spitting: Kids Under 12, Teens 13-17 and Adults 18+
  • Ice Cream Eating: Kids 5-8, Kids 9-12
  • So You Think You Can Dance 
  • Whisker Wars (Adults Only): Best Mustache, Best ZZ Top Gnarly, The Lincoln (No ‘Stache!), Best Beard and ‘Stache Combo
  • Tattoo (Adults Only): Best Sleeve, DC-Themed, Black and Gray, Color Creative

Pet Contests

All pet contests are judged during the Pet Parade

  • Best Pet Costume
  • Best Pet and Owner Costume
  • Most Unidentifiable Mutt
  • Owner/Pet Lookalike
  • So Ugly… You’re Cute
  • Longest Sit-Stay
  • 50-Yard Dash
  • Best Catcher (Frisbee)
  • Best Fetcher (Tennis Ball)
  • Best Stupid Pet Trick
  • Largest Pet (Non-Dog)
  • Smallest Pet (Non-Dog)
  • Lonesome George (Non-Dog)

Read about the contest winners from the 2017 DC State Fair.
Read about the contest winners from the 2018 DC State Fair.