The entry deadline has now passed.
The awards ceremony is Thursday, May 30 - 7:00 pm
Opening day for the Fair is Friday, May 31 - 4:00 pm
See you at the Exhibition!
Read this Entry Information Brochure for detailed information about entering the Exhibition.
Visit the San Diego County Fair Design in Wood web page for complete entry information, including state and local fair rules, important dates, and a video of the 2015 Design in Wood Exhibition.
You can see previous years' Exhibition photos here.
Show Your Work
This is an invitation to show off your woodworking skills. Enter your projects and be recognized for your efforts. Compete for some of the over $20,000 in prizes and have over one million people see your work.
Enter the 2019 Design in Wood Exhibition
Design in Wood is an International Exhibition of Fine Woodworking co-sponsored by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and the San Diego County Fair. The 38th Annual Exhibition takes place May 31, 2019 to July 4, 2019.
The following is a list of Entry Classes:
Class 1 Contemporary Woodworking - Furniture
Class 2 Contemporary Woodworking - Accessories
Class 3 Traditional Woodworking - Furniture
Class 4 Traditional Woodworking - Accessories
Class 5 Art Furniture
Class 6 Chairs - Furniture Made for Seating
Class 7 Furniture Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC
Class 8 Made for Children
Class 9 Model Building - Scale
Class 10 Model Building - Not to Scale
Class 11 Musical Instruments
Class 12 Clocks
Class 13 Veneering/Marquetry - Furniture
Class 14 Veneering/Marquetry - Art
Class 15 Veneering/Marquetry Art - Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC
Class 16 Wood Turning - Face Work: Perpendicular to the ways of the lathe
Class 17 Wood Turning - Center Work: Parallel to the ways of the lathe
Class 18 Wood Turning - Embellished/Mixed Media
Class 19 Wood Turning - Laminated/Segmented
Class 20 Wood Carving - Animals
Class 21 Wood Carving - Birds
Class 22 Wood Carving - Marine Animals
Class 23 Wood Carving - Human Form
Class 24 Wood Carving - Open
Class 25 Scroll Saw - Intarsia
Class 26 Scroll Saw - Fretwork (pierced & unpierced)
Design in Wood is the largest juried woodworking exhibition of its type anywhere.
Who can enter?
The Design in Wood Exhibition is open to all interested adult woodworkers. Wood projects must have been created by the artist whose name appears on the entry form. Student work not allowed.
How many entries can I submit?
A maximum of three entries, all classes combined, may be submitted per entrant. Works previously displayed in this Exhibition are not eligible.
Is there a fee?
The processing fee is $20.00 per wood project entered. Processing fees are non-refundable.
How do I enter?
On-line registration is required. Late entries will not be accepted. No faxes.
Entry Registration: All entries must be submitted on-line through the SD County Fair website by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Friday, April 26, 2019. Digital photographs must accompany each entry along with fees paid by credit card. There are step-by-step instructions to guide you through the on-line entry process. Check the Entry Information Brochure for complete entry information, conditions, awards, and other details.
If you need help with photography or the entry process - you may also make an appointment with the Fair Entry Office and bring in your project. A staff member will take a digital photo and assist with your online entry.
The people at the fairgrounds are available to help with entries. You may phone the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fair Entry Office will be open extended hours, until 7:00 pm, on Friday April 26th. Additionally, you may always contact me with your questions.
Entry deadline: Friday April 26, 2019 - 11:59 pm
Notification of Acceptance: Notifications will be emailed by Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Entry delivery day - for accepted entries: Tuesday May 21, 2019 - 12 noon to 8:00 pm
Awards ceremony: Thursday May 30, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Fair runs from May 31, 2019 through July 4, 2019 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June)
Entry pickup day: Saturday July 6, 2019 - 12 noon to 8:00 pm
Coordinator, Design in Wood Exhibition
From the Coordinator
Time to start working on your entries for the 2019 Design In Wood show. The 2019 San Diego County Fair invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
Fair Planning Committee
We hold our fair planning meetings on the first Saturday of each month, January through May. Our monthly planning meetings are when we go over any changes from last year, schedule any work to be done for the coming year and plan our theme display. It takes a lot of volunteers from several different guilds to make this show happen every year so we could use your help. If you would like to be involved, please email me or just show up at a meeting.
Meetings start at 9:30am and will be held at Ed Gladney’s house – 10061 Riverhead Dr., San Diego 92129 (in the Rancho Penasquitos area).
Gladney residence < click for Google map
Design In Wood Coordinator