In Southern California the Southern California State Fair at the
Del Mar Show grounds has juried shows for jewelry and gems. Perhaps
similar events in your area have something also.
The Del Mar Fair is NOT the So. Cal State Fair. There is NO SUCH
THING. The Del Mar Fair started as just that, the Del Mar Fair. Then
it became the San Diego County Fair, at the Del Mar Fairground.
(Everyone just calls it the Del Mar Fair!)
The Del Mar Fair is not a “show” in the sense of a craft/arts fair.
It is a county exhibition, with the Animals, Pies, Sewing, Food, and
Rides. Yes there are exhibitions of jewelry that are judged
(submissions closed in early May).
Yes there are booths - 1) The general wares [hawkers] booths and 2)
the booths in the Hall of Gems and Minerals.
The booths in the Hall of G&M, have been there for YEARS. Some of
these booths specialize in jewelry, some in Rocks & Minerals, some
both. (I should know as I member of a group that has one) and the
waiting list for a booth in this hall is very long and you don’t
move up the list any time soon) The jewelry competition is also
displayed in the Hall of G&M
The general wares booths are in several other buildings. I have
never really seen Artisan Jewelry there. Yes there are people selling
jewelry in these halls but it seems IMHO to be the more massed
produced kind. If you want custom you go back to the Hall of G&M
If you are looking to sell at a one or two day event, this is not it
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