Culinary & Entertaining Competitions at the Oregon State Fair

You’ll find a full pantry of competitions across our four categories.

If you’ve never experienced the sheer fun of winning a ribbon at the Oregon State Fair, this could well be your big opportunity. And if you’ve participated and won before, well, you know what we’re talking about. Please enter the category (or categories) that best suit your talents.

Baked Foods

We offer 13 divisions and classes, including opportunities for youth entrants. All 2018 Baked Foods competitions are for amateurs only. Handbook Results

Preserved Foods

One of this nation’s most traditional culinary pursuits remains alive and well at the 2018 Oregon State Fair. Our Preserved Foods contests incorporate 13 divisions, ranging from freezer jams to fermented drinks, and everything in between. And keep an eye out for special awards provided by famous American brands that have always been traditional favorites among those who preserve foods. Handbook Results

Decorated Cakes & Confectionery Arts

This fascinating area of competition allows for the participation of folks at the following skill levels: Junior, Teen, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Semi-Professional, Professional, and Master. In addition, there are six divisions and dozens of classes. Please see the 2018 handbook for detailed rules and parameters. Handbook Results


The functionality, originality and creativity of table decorating are on full display in this popular competition. Whether it’s the adult or youth division, the results are always eye-catching. The three themes for adult entrants in 2018 are: Harvest Garden Party, Where Fun Shines—Shades of Yellow, and Hollywood Glamour/Black Tie. (Entries in this class must adhere to the American Standard Tablesetting Rules as outline in Appendix A.) The theme for Youth/Teen entries is Kids Science Fair. (Be creative!) Handbook Results