San Diego County Fair – "How Sweet It Is!"

San Diego County Fair 2018 - How Sweet It Is

by Anne Schafer, Coordinator






For the 2017 Fair SDMG's casting class made a diorama inspired by Alice in Wonderland's mad tea party.




And awayy we go to the San Diego County Fair where the theme for 2018 will be How Sweet It Is!  Yes indeed, this year with be the great one. Well over 120 gems, minerals, fossils, faceting, jewelry and lapidary enthusiasts entered a total of 365 entries, making it the third largest number of entries of all-time. It beat out last year's record setting number of 352. About 40 exhibitors are SDMG members. Thank you for supporting the Gems & Minerals Department again this year! 

All of the proposed new classes for 2018
in the Gems & Minerals Dept. were approved:


  • Fluorite.



  • Fossil Fruits, Leaves & Cones


Mineral Specimens Worldwide. Professional. Full case.


One faceted stone from natural material, with corresponding rough, any size. Master.


Art Jewelry. Original concept. Single piece. Synthetic stones acceptable. Amateur.


Art Jewelry. Original concept. One set. Maximum: 5 pieces per set. Synthetic stones acceptable. Amateur.


Air chasing jewelry. Single piece.


Bola tie. Single piece.


Fair Theme Jewelry. How Sweet It Is! Single piece. Synthetic stones acceptable.




  • Brochure: Available now in the SDMG casting room.
    Download brochure online from:
  • Online entry opens: Available now at
  • Entry Deadline: Friday, April 27, at 11:59 pm. (Enter by Thursday, to avoid web hangups!)
  • Deliver exhibits: Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • First day of Fair: Friday, June 1. Gate opens at 4 pm.
  • Exhibitor Appreciation: Wednesday, June 6. 6 to 9 pm.
  • Last day of Fair: Wednesday, July 4.
  • Pick up exhibits: Friday, July 6. 9 am to 8 pm.


Questions? We have answers! Please contact us:

Coordinator Anne Schafer






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