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For Immediate Release
May 04, 2022

Fair Competitive Exhibits Open for Entry

Marin County Fair - “So Happy Together!” - June 30 - July 4

San Rafael, CA – With Marin County Fair’s June 30 start date just around the corner, the competitive exhibits categories for the 2022 fair are now available on

Marin County Fair Poster 2022The Marin County Fair returns to an in-person format for the first time since 2019!
The competitive exhibit program, which usually takes place indoors, will remain online for one more year and will include competitions such as fine art and photography, decorated cakes and cookies, wine and beer label design, clothing and textiles, cartoon art, exceptional art, poetry and creative writing, hobbies and crafts, and more. The plein air painting competition on the first day of the fair will take place outdoors. The agriculture competitions will remain outdoors and will include poultry, rabbits, sheep dog trials, pocket pets, dog care and training, and small animal round-robin showmanship, to name a few.

“We are thrilled to provide an array of online competitions for our community during our outdoor only 2022 fair,” said Director of Cultural Services Gabriella Calicchio. “The competitive exhibits program is the heart and soul of the fair, and we’re excited to bring our talented community together again to participate.”

The full list of categories and entry guidelines is available at Submissions will be accepted from May 6 through May 31 and winners will be announced online during the fair.

The fair also will focus on outdoor entertainment including the headline concerts, performers roaming the grounds such as jugglers, unicyclists, and stilt walkers, and interactive art experiences for fans of all ages. Returning fair favorites will include traditional carnival rides, the Global Marketplace, the Barnyard, food and drinks, and fireworks every night over the Civic Center’s Lagoon Park.

Early bird tickets sold out within one day of release. Discounted fair tickets are still available for adults and teens through June 29. The fair is a one-price gate featuring 28 carnival rides, exciting exhibits, spectacular firework displays, first-rate concerts and exciting attractions are FREE with gate admission. Tickets are available online only at

Headline concerts will soon be announced, and reserved gold circle tickets will go on sale May 16. Reserved concert seating in a special section is $60 per person and includes fair admission.

Special Admission Days:

Kids Day at the Fair – Thursday, June 30
Tickets for children 12 and under are FREE on Thursday, June 30.

Senior Day at the Fair – Thursday, June 30
Seniors 65 and over are admitted FREE


Gabriella C. Calicchio
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400
Email: Gabriella C. Calicchio
Cultural Services Website