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Home Arts

Click here to view 2019 Hone Arts Winners
2019 Home Arts Contests
2019 Arts & Crafts Winners
2019 Baked Foods Winners
2019 Clothing & Textiles Winners
2019 Creative Writing Winners
2019 Preserved Foods Winners
2019 Special Exhibits Winners

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(hõm ärts): The traditional handiwork of home makers.

About the Department

Make yourself at home in the Home Arts department! Come join the busy bees who make potholders and quilts, jams and jellies, cakes and pies and any of the other household creations you can imagine!

If you have a family recipe that you are proud of, you are welcome to compete in one of the many cooking competitions; cooked either on-stage or prepared beforehand.

If you like to sew, cook or you are just an all around Suzy Homemaker, now is your chance to show off, and win fame among your friends and family! It’s all good fun and entering is a snap! Just check the Entry Guide on this website for all of the details!

Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Textiles, Creative Writing and Preserved Foods – Friday, July 24. Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Special Exhibits – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – 10:00 AM-3:00 PM; Friday, July 24, Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26, 2020 – 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

Baked Foods – Monday, August 3, 2020 – 7:00 AM-1:00 PM


Enter online at www.venturacountyfair.org – June 7-July 20, 2020.  Online entries close at 11:59 PM on July 20, 2020.
When you arrive on the entry days, proceed to whatever area you entered in. Please tell the clerks you have entered online so we can get your paperwork and printed entry tags.
You do not have to enter online to exhibit at the fair – just bring your items on entry dates between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Items are picked up on Monday, August 17, 2020 – 12:00 Noon-7:00 PM.  Claim checks must be presented. 
Items unclaimed on August 127 2020 become the property of the Fair and will be disposed.


Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Best Bars (ready made)
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Best Cheeseburger (on stage cooking)
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – Best Salsa (ready made)
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – Best Tacos (on stage cooking)
Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Best Lemon Dessert (ready made)
Saturday, August 16, 2020 – Best Asian Stir Fry (on stage cooking)


Tuesday, August 4, 2020 – “Stars and Stripes”
Sunday, August 9, 2020 – “Memories”
Thursday, August 13, 2020 – “Cherry Blossom Time”


Thursday, August 6, 2020 – Bread made with Yeast

Blessing of the Marriages – Celebrating couples who have been married for 40 years and more.
Date and Time to be announced

 The Departments

» Academic Rodeo
» Agriculture
» Amateur Art
» Floriculture
» Gems and Minerals
» Hobbies and Collections
» Home Arts
» Horse Shows
» Large Livestock
» Photography
» Professional Art
» Small Livestock
» Uncle Leo’s Barn
» Youth Expo

Click this link for the
2020 Home Arts EntryGuide

Adult Entry Form

Valerie Ulmer
I got involved in working in the home arts dept. through a co-worker, Maxine Ingold, in 1976. She asked me to come and help make posters for the exhibits, so I did. I made posters of what was in the freezer, and who had won. I also hostessed that year. The next year, I helped take entries. I was a typist for the preserved foods. We had to type all the labels for the jars. I did that until the chairman moved and I took the chairman’s job. I was chairman for preserved foods for a few years. Then, when May Lee Barry and Diane Korin became superintendents, I became the lunch lady for the home arts. I still do that as superintendent today. I did the lunches and also when Pyillis Kidd took over the contests, I was her helper. I ran the contests she couldn’t and helped her do the others. Phyillis and I became co-superintendents in 1995. We worked well as a team; I still miss her today. She passed away during the fair in 2002.

Every fair has special moments. Opening day is always my favorite day! The people who have entered are all excited to find their entries and see if they have won.

I have no main hobbies. I live to cook and try new recipes. I love working in the exhibits dept. We carry on an old tradition from our grandparents and theirs: a county fair for all to come and participate in if they choose to.

The most frequently asked questions are: Where are the restrooms? I can’t find my entry, do you know where it is? What’s the best food to eat? Is there a pay phone? Are you tired yet?

I have seven chairman, who run individual depts., a gopher staff that helps everyone, and a lot of hard working volunteers that make the home arts dept. run smoothly. If you would like to help out by being a volunteer, please call the fairgrounds and ask for home arts or any department that you have interests in. See you at the fair…Valerie Ulmer.

The Home Arts Department is presented by:

Bud Light, Ventura County Fair sponsorChumash Casino, Ventura County Fair sponsorChevrolet, Ventura County Fair sponsorChumash Casino, Ventura County Fair sponsor