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'Design In Wood' Exhibition At The San Diego County Fair


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until July 6, 2014[days & times]
  • WHERE Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $14

Described as "the biggest and best woodworking exhibition in the country" by the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine, the international Design in Wood Exhibition now averages over 350 entries from across the country, and even internationally.

Each year from June 7th through July 6th, qualifying entries in the juried Design in Wood Exhibition are displayed to the public at the famous San Diego County Fair!

Over 300 volunteers staff the exhibition, while artisans demonstrate old and new techniques of woodworking. Winning entries are photographed and published in several national woodworking magazines.

In addition to the juried gallery show, many other activities take place during the show:
• The San Diego Wood Turners demonstrate wood turning techniques
• The San Diego Wood Carvers demonstrate woodcarving
• The San Diego Maritime Museum demonstrates model ship building
• The Scroll Sawyers demonstrate various methods of scroll saw work
• On various days there are luthiers making instruments, a demonstration of chair caning, plus daily docent tours of the exhibit.

The 2014 San Diego County Fair runs from June 7th through July 6th.
**Closed Mondays, and the first two Tuesdays (June 10th and 17th).

Tickets to the San Diego County Fair:
Adults $14
Age 62 and older $8
Age 6-12 $8 (free on Tuesdays)
Age 5 and younger free

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Call for Submissions!
Enter your wood work 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. Now is the time to start working on your prize-winning entry. The deadline for entries will be May 2, 2014 with delivery on Thursday, May 29, 2014.

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. The processing fee is $20.00 per wood project entered. Processing fees are non-refundable.

Online Entry Registration: Online registration will start in mid-February 2014 and must be submitted at by 5:00pm Pacific Time on Friday, May 2, 2014. Digital photographs must accompany each entry along with fees. Online entries will receive an email confirmation.

Mail in Entries: Download an entry form or send a #10 self-addressed stamped envelope to Design in Wood, San Diego County Fair, PO Box 685, Solana Beach, CA 92075. Send your completed entry form, photographs, and fee via USPS. Entries must be postmarked on or before May 2, 2014.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this competitive exhibition at the San Diego County Fair June 7th through July 6th only!

Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd Del Mar, CA 92014 Google Map

The 2014 Design in Wood Exhibition is co-sponsored by the San Diego County Fair, 22nd District Agricultural Association and the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association (SDFWA). The exhibition has both local and national sponsors who give a combined total of over $20,000 in awards to entries in 24 classes. The Design in Wood Exhibition, celebrating its 33nd year, truly contributes joy, inspiration, recognition, and support to the woodworking community. More information at

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional photo for the Design In Wood Show at the San ...

Above: Promotional photo for the Design In Wood Show at the San Diego County Fair.


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