Arts and Crafts: Engage your creative side at an arts and crafts festival. Find general listings at the California Festival Guide (http://www.californiafestivalguide.com/eventSearch.php#.U3qoTdJdVxk) and PacificFineArts.com, http://www.craftmasternews.com/california.aspx, http://www.art-a-fair.com/, http://www.art-a-fair.com/location.asp and regional listings at the LA Art Show site (http://www.laartshow.com/), Art Los Angeles (http://artlosangelesfair.com/) and Art Market San Francisco (http://artmarketsf.com/).
Beauty Pageants: There are beauty pageants for different age groups and both genders listed below:
- Miss California is the preliminary to the Miss America contest (http://www.misscalifornia.org.php54-2.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/)
- Miss CA USA (http://www.misscausapageant.com/)
- Gold Coast Pageants (http://www.goldcoastpageants.com/): This one has traditional pageants plus many optional categories for young entrants.
- California Kisses Animal Rescue (http://www.californiakissesbeautypageant.com/): Pageantry, prizes and all profits go to animal rescue.
- California's Our Little Miss (http://www.caolm.com/)
- Find general listings at the state's Pageant Center page (http://pageantcenter.com/pageant_calendar/california_pageants.html#.U3qrA9JdVxk).
Magazines: Enjoy Magazine covers Northern Californian lifestyle and events. The website has a sweepstakes listing page at http://www.enjoymagazine.net/search?q=contest.
Media: The television stations NBC Southern California (http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/contests/), CBS 8 (http://www.cbs8.com/category/200644/cbs-8-contests, California Music Channel (http://www.cmc-tv.com/contest.htm), KUSI News San Diego (http://www.kusi.com/category/202054/contests) and CBS Sacramento (http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/category/contests/) all have pages with local contest listings.
State Fair: Competition categories at the California state fair include adult and children's arts/crafts, cooking and industrial and technology. There are also livestock and wine and beer crafting competitions. Learn more at the state fair website (http://www.castatefair.org/, http://www.calexpo.com/).
Travel: The tourism website Visit California (http://www.visitcalifornia.com/sweepstakes) has occasional sweepstakes listings.