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Gems & Minerals Exhibit now accepting entries for 2017 San Diego County Fair

Released: February 28, 2017

DEL MAR, CA (FEBRUARY xxx, 2017).- The Gems & Minerals Exhibit, one of the most popular competitive exhibits at the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, is accepting entries from any US resident, 18 years or older. Online-only registration at by April 28.

Each entry will be professionally judged and exhibitors will receive quality feedback, have their items professionally displayed, and have the opportunity to win many awards and trophies at California’s largest county Fair. This exhibit traditionally accepts more than 300 entries, with fees ranging from $8-$10 each. Entry delivery to the Fairgrounds is May 27 and 28. .

The 2017 Gems & Minerals Exhibit is adding several new classes: Mineral of the Year: Lead Family Minerals (one mineral specimen); Mineral of the Year: Lead Family Minerals (five mineral specimens); Fossil of the Year: Trilobites; One Marine Fossil from Worldwide; Fair Theme Jewelry “Where the West is Fun;” and Fair Theme Jewelry “Bola Tie.” In addition, last year’s Fair Theme Jewelry “Steampunk” was so popular it will be repeated again.

All beading entries previously displayed in the Gems & Minerals Exhibit has been moved to the Home and Hobby competition.

Industry professionals and judges will evaluate the hundreds of entries in a closed, blind judging session. After judging, exhibitors will be notified of the awards and invited to attend Exhibitor Appreciation Night, during the Fair on June 7.

About the 2017 San Diego County Fair

Ride ‘em cowboys! “Where the West is Fun” is the theme for the 2017 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, remembering the rough and tumble Wild, Wild West and celebrating how the West is fun today. The 2017 Fair will feature a Wild West saloon, numerous Western-themed educational and historic exhibits and country music for everyone to enjoy. There is a new Sheriff in town and it is you! Pull on your boots, grab your cowboy hat, and ride on in to Del Mar for some fun this summer. The Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 2 and runs through Tuesday, July 4; it is closed the first four Mondays and the first three Tuesdays. The San Diego County Fair is the largest annual event in San Diego County and one of the top 10 Fairs in the United States and Canada, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually. For more information visit


For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
(858)-755-1161 ext 2573
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