Creative Arts Competitions

With more than 1,100 competition categories including photography, canning, art, sewing and cooking, the State Fair’s Creative Arts competitions provide professionals and amateurs of all ages a showcase for their creative skills.

The State Fair of Texas offers three ways to participate in Creative Arts competitions and contests. Find your competition below.

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Pre-Fair Competitions

Enjoy working with your hands? Do you consider yourself a shutterbug? Artists and crafters of all ages are encouraged to participate in the State Fair’s pre-fair competitions. Pre-fair competitions require entrants to register and submit pieces of art, craftsmanship, collections and canned goods before the State Fair begins.

Creative Arts Handbook 2017 Contest Results


Contest Kitchen

Contest Kitchen competitions allow non-professionals to show off their talent in the kitchen. The majority of competitions allow day-of registration. A handful of events known as “cook-offs” (baking /cooking done on-site in the Contest Kitchen) require entrants to pre-register and participate in a pre-Fair lottery.

Creative Arts Handbook

Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge

The Big Tex BBQ & Chili Challenge is perfect for amateur kings of the smoker or for those looking to gain CASI points to compete in Terlingua. First place winners in each category receive a $100 prize and a Big Tex trophy. All chili and barbecue cooks receive a one-day fair pass and a one-day parking pass to the 2018 State Fair of Texas, to be used any day except Saturday, October 6, 2018.

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