SD County Fair Demo Days

For the past several years, Viola Sullivan has ensured that the San Diego Bead Society is well-represented at the San Diego County Fair.  She tirelessly works with the fair planners and is responsible for lining up the many volunteers who share with fair-goers the diversified beading that we do. She also encourages us to submit our bead work to the various competitions in jewelry design.


The theme of the Fair for 2016 is “Mad about The Fair,” which is a combination of Alice in Wonderland and Steampunk.  The Bead Society will have a table up on the second floor in the Home and Hobby building, where our member volunteers will be beading and talking to fairgoers about the work that we do.  

Viola would love to have our members — especially newer ones — join her! Each member that volunteers gets two entry tickets to the Fair: one for herself to enter the Fair, and an extra one for a family member or a friend.  (The parking fee of $10.00 plus an optional extra $5.00 fee if you park in the Horseman’s Park lot will need to be paid for by each volunteer.)

We demo what we do best, as long as we use beads:  wire work, kumihimo, crochet, freeform, etc.  You will be speaking to the Fairgoers, so you don’t want to bring anything with a difficult pattern.

Our schedule this year is as follows:

  •             Saturday, June 4, from 10 to 4
  •             Sunday, June 5, from 10 to 4
  •             Wednesday, June 8, from 11 to 4
  •             Thursday, June 9, from 11 to 4
  •             Friday, June 10, from 10 to 4
  •             Saturday, June 11, from 10 to 4
  •             Sunday, June 12, from 10 to 4
  •             Wednesday, June 15, 11 to 4
  •             Thursday, June 16, 11 to 4
  •             Friday, June 17, 11 to 4

If you would like to volunteer to help at the booth or have questions, please reach out to Viola via email at

As soon as she receives the tickets, she will be sending our volunteers everything they need in an information packet.

If you need more information about the Fair in general, their website is: