Showcase Your Talents at the 2022 San Mateo County Fair!

South San Francisco, CA  April 18, 2022  Press Release


The time has come to show off your talents! The San Mateo County Fair has announced that all Competitive Exhibit entries will be accepted through May 10th for the upcoming fair being held June 4th -12th, 2022. The deadlines will come fast, so hurry to our website and enter as soon as you can. Check the San Mateo County Fair website for specific entry deadlines, as department deadlines vary.


New additions to the Competitive Exhibits Program have resulted in increased opportunities for participating individuals to showcase their talents in 2022.


We are excited to announce that this year about $50,000 in money and prizes will be awarded to entrants in over 2000 exhibition categories.


We are also very pleased to announce the return of the popular Creative Home Arts and Culinary Arts departments and the creation of the Department of Innovation. The Department of Innovation will offer a unique sub-division, dedicated to makers & inventors. YOU are a maker and an inventor if you craft, build, create, design, invent, tinker, or tweak just about anything. Unlike other divisions, there will be no judging and no ribbons; it’s the opportunity for you to unleash your creativity without restrictions and share it with the Fair.

The Fine Arts Galleria, Garden Landscape, Floral Arts and Youth Exhibits, which were reduced to a few selected divisions in 2021, are back in full this year. New contests were added to all the departments so don’t wait and head to the fair website to download the 2022 contest books. Also, the San Mateo County Fair now has online exhibitor registration, where you can enter your entries and pay your balance, saving you time and money.


Competitive Exhibits are not the only way to showcase your talent at the fair; you can also become a community stage performer! If you want to showcase your band, dance routine, or any mind-blowing talent act, we are accepting performance applications now through April 30th  on our free outdoor stages. The Community Stage application can be filled out online at:


We can’t wait to see what you bring to the Fair this year!


Get Your Tickets Today for the 2022 San Mateo County Fair:



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The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The annual Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage. The San Mateo County Fair will return June 4 – 12, 2022.





The San Mateo County Event Center welcomes over 500,000 attendees annually, hosting huge events such as the San Mateo County Fair and Maker Faire and corporate events, consumer shows, festivals, and community events.


While the San Mateo County Event Center has been limited in hosting most events due to the pandemic, they have played a vital role in protecting our health care workers and vulnerable populations by serving as a COVID-19 testing site, operations hub, and supply center, 250-bed temporary overflow hospital, and vaccine distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the Event Center has hosted our community to receive over 250,000 COVID-19 tests and over 260,000 COVID-19 vaccinations.



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Ava Marie romero
1 year ago

I am very happy to see the culinary arts contests return and I hope the entire county wide from south city, daly city, Pacifica, Brisbane, San Bruno, millbrae, burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, redwood city, half moon bay, menlo park and colma residents could enter! I just entered for the 10th year except for the 2 years of 2020/2021 2 year hiatus and we have a new fair coordinator named chef Bradley lum and we look forward to what he brings this summer. Look forward to collaborating with him. I encourage to get your entries in. By may 14th and for la tapitia on grand Avenue in south san Francisco and 7mile house in Brisbane I challenge you restaurants compete in a tamale recipe contest so bring your tamale game and I will be in the home cook Tamale division separate from the professionals by merit ok. So thank you esc for sharing and over 50,000.00 in prizes wow we usually get 150.00 in prizes for 1st or 75.00 for 2nd place. But I saw in the catalog it’s bragging rights this year so all cash prizes are 1st place only except king Arthur flour. Look forward to competing In the adult mystery basket cooking competition hosted by second harvest food Bank