California Contests and Sweepstakes

California Contests and Sweepstakes
The huge 'Golden State' of California has ample opportunities for sweepstakes and contests—too numerous to list. Here are are few listings of some of the most popular.

Arts and Crafts: Engage your creative side at an arts and crafts festival. Find general listings at the California Festival Guide ( and,,, and regional listings at the LA Art Show site (, Art Los Angeles ( and Art Market San Francisco (

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 (

  • Miss CA USA (

  • Gold Coast Pageants ( This one has traditional pageants plus many optional categories for young entrants.

  • California Kisses Animal Rescue ( Pageantry, prizes and all profits go to animal rescue.

  • California's Our Little Miss (

  • Find general listings at the state's Pageant Center page (
Food and Wine: If you can dream it up, the Golden State probably has a food festival for it. Find monthly listings at, California is known for its wine country with festivals celebrating this heritage. Find festivals throughout the state at, Nightout (, the California Jazz Wine Fest (, and See Monterey (

Magazines: Enjoy Magazine covers Northern Californian lifestyle and events. The website has a sweepstakes listing page at

Media: The television stations NBC Southern California (, CBS 8 (, California Music Channel (, KUSI News San Diego ( and CBS Sacramento ( 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 (,

Travel: The tourism website Visit California ( has occasional sweepstakes listings.

Good luck!

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