Nancy McDougal
Department Coordinator
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What Exhibitors Need To Know


Showcasing the successes of Amateur Gardeners like You.

Though our major harvest season is still several weeks away in June, the Bay Area climate makes it possible for backyard gardeners to grow fruits & vegetables in our home gardens almost year-round. The Fair’s Agriculture Department allows amateur gardeners to show their home-grown fruit & vegetables, competing for ribbons & prizes.

And there are contests for things that can be done before the ‘crop’ comes in—decorative wreaths and crafts made from dried plant materials.

Innovation is going on in the garden, too. Protecting warm season crops in cold weather can move harvest much earlier. The ‘Early Crop Garden’ contest rewards the impatient but innovative gardener.

Special contests are also available for school classrooms.

Parents & Teachers: Be sure to consider the special contests designed for school classrooms, youth groups and individual youth exhibitors.

Agriculture Info

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

Full details & application »