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. Registration links and a judging schedule will be posted on this webpage as soon as they are available. 

Please contact the Contests Committee at with questions.


Kids’ Contests

  • Photography (New!)
  • Cupcake (New!) Register online.
  • Live: Ice Cream Eating (New!)

Baked Goods


Growing and Gardening 


Live Contests (sign up by showing up!)

  • Hula Hoop (New!)
  • Limbo (New!)
  • Sloppy Joe Eating
  • Watermelon Seed-spitting (New!)
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Water Balloon Toss (New!)
  • Ladies’ Arm Wrestling (New!)
  • Men’s Whiskers (New!)
  • Tattoo


All pet contests will be 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 only!)
  • Smallest Pet (non-dog only!)
  • Lonesome George (non-dog only!)