Our contests for kids and adults highlight the agricultural, artistic, and even athletic talents of the District of Columbia. All contestants must be residents of Washington, DC. First, second, and third place winners will receive ribbons, with some contests offering additional prizes. 

Please contact the Contests Committee at with any questions.


Learn more about the contest winners from the 2017 DC State Fair.

Kids’ Contests

  • Cupcake (New!)

Baked Goods

  • Bread (New!)
  • Pie: Best Apple, Best Fruit (Non-Apple) and Best Non-Fruit


  • Fiber Art (New!)
  • Terrarium

Growing and Gardening 

  • Bud
  • Compost
  • Heaviest, Longest and Funkiest Looking Vegetable
  • Tomato: Best Red, Best Non-Red and Best Heirloom


  • Chili
  • Honey
  • Homebrew
  • Ice Cream
  • Jams and Jellies: Best Strawberry, Best Berry (Non-Strawberry) and Best Non-Berry
  • Mumbo Sauce (Back by popular demand!)
  • Pickled Foods: Best Cucumber, Best Non-Cucumber and Best Pickled Pepper
  • Pupusa (New!)
  • Wine (New!)




Live Contests 

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 (New!)
  • Limbo (New!): Under Five Feet Tall and Over Five Feet Tall
  • Sloppy Joe Eating (Adults Only) 
  • Watermelon Seed-spitting (New!): Kids Under 12, Teens 13-17 and Adults 18+
  • Ice Cream Eating (New!): Kids 5-8, Kids 9-12
  • Water Balloon Toss (New!): Kids 5-12
  • So You Think You Can Dance 
  • Whisker Wars (New!) (Adults Only): Best Moustache, Best ZZ Top Gnarly, The Lincoln (No ‘Stache!), Best Beard and ‘Stache Combo and The Creative Metrosexual 
  • 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)