So you think your apple pie can beat mine? You'd be right--mine, though famous in my family, was a purple ribbon winner ("Participant") last year. Still, come compete against me and Gustavo's chica Delilah in the jam category, or see if you can best Calendar Editor Erin Dewitt's scones.
If you don't feel like entering the full-on culinary arts contests, there are special one-day contests for cookies (July 21); chili, wings and salsa (July 28); the OC Cupcake Classic (August 4); and a home-cooking contest (August 11). If you pre-register for these free contests, you'll get a free ticket and free parking for that day.
Entries for the main Culinary Arts competitions are due June 10, so start perfecting those recipes now. You can register for either the full competitions or the special contests at ocfair.com/competitions.