Flower Power


The 2022 CA State Fair Cannabis Awards are celebrating California-grown, cannabis flower.

The competition is open to all licensed California cultivators. See Sections below for Divisions, Category, & Award details.

The submission window officially opens on November 1, 2021 and closes March 30, 2022.*

Award Winners will be announced in May 2022.

*Need to submit early for your COA or need to conduct R&D testing? We can accommodate you. To get started with SC Labs, CLICK HERE.

Price of Entry:

SC Labs Certificate of Analysis (COA): $420
Submission Fee for an individual strain: $250

Discounts for multiple strain submissions:

  • 2 strains – $225 (each)
  • 3 strains – $220 (each)
  • 4 strains – $210 (each)


It begins with light source


Mixed Light



Identifying the highest concentration of two cannabinoids and five terpenes



6 Dominant Terpenes Based on Laboratory Analysis

With a wide variability in terpenoid composition, SC Labs finds that cultivars generally have the following 6 terpenoids as the dominant terpenoid in order from most common to least: Myrcene (~43% of overall data), β Caryophyllene group (~23% of overall data), Limonene group (~16% of overall data), Terpinolene (~10% of overall data), α Pinene (~6.5% of overall data), and the β-ocimene outlier group (<1% of overall data).



Entrants are vying for 77 Awards

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awarded in 7 Categories per Division

Specialty Awards

Double Gold

Submissions that achieve gold level results in two
or more categories

Best of California

7 coveted golden bear trophies will be awarded to the highest concentration of each compound regardless
of division


Unique, off-the-charts
terpene profiles

Winners’ Benefits Package

Awards Criteria

How It Works

  • Entrants will submit their samples to SC Labs. 
  • Entrants will be required to obtain their Certificate of Analysis (COA) through the SC Labs online portal. 
  • On the online portal, entrants will “check-the-box” for entry to the CA State Fair Cannabis Awards. 
  • Entrants may submit multiple strains.  
  • SC Labs will test each cultivar for chemometric data, using their innovative cannabinoid and terpene reporting platform –  PhytoFacts®*
  • This easy-to-understand report characterizes the chemical profile of flower through intuitive data visualizations. These visualizations identify the chemical profile, dominant and proportional cannabinoids and terpenes, sensory attributes, and potential entourage effects of the submitted sample.
  • PhytoFacts allows for accurate sorting of samples into major chemometric families and subcategories that highlight similar sensory and physiological properties. It helps identify aged, immature, or sub-standard cannabis while also flagging unique outliers.
  • Awards will be given to entrants with the highest concentrations of the qualifying compounds.

*PhytoFacts is a registered trademark of Napro Research, LLC

Why We’re Testing Terpenes and Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis can represent upwards of 40% of the mass of a female flower. It is the profile of these highly potent compounds that is the best predictor of the aroma, flavor, and effects of a particular strain. This profile is referred to as the plant’s chemotype; the identification and measurement of the cannabinoids and terpenoids in a strain.

Instead of sorting entries by Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, we will celebrate the chemistry of the plant. Chemotype profiles offer a better method of organizing cannabis strains and predicting effects and organoleptic (aroma/flavor) attributes.

Through the SC Labs PhytoFacts chemometric reports, we will identify specific cannabinoids and terpenes, and their levels of concentration in the sample to determine the category winners by Division.

Understanding the variance of chemotypes is central to building an informed relationship with cannabis, and our hope is that this chemistry-first approach will usher in enhanced consumer awareness, interest, and education of cannabis chemistry.

Visit the SC Labs website for more educational information:

Registration Details

November 1
Submission Window Opens
March 30
Submission Window Closes
Results & Winners Announced
Awards Promotional Tour
Awards Celebration at the CA State Fair

Competition Guide

Full Competition Guide coming soon! In the meantime, please send us a message through the form linked below if you have any questions.



Cannabis ticks all the boxes for inclusion as a coveted Awards competition.  Cannabis became legal for recreational adult use in 2018 in California.  The CA Cannabis industry is highly regulated, culturally significant, part of our agricultural legacy and essential to the California economy.

There will be NO sales or consumption of cannabis products containing THC (the psychoactive compound responsible for the “high”) at the CA State Fair in 2022.

Yes.  A 21 and over interactive Cannabis Industry experience will be created on the fairgrounds celebrating the Award winners, sponsors and State agencies with educational displays and activations.

For more information on sponsorship of the Fair, go to www.calexpostatefair.com

For more information on sponsorship of the Fair, go to www.castatefaircannabisawards.com

We anticipate hundreds of submissions for the 2022 Awards.

The Competition

Licensed California cultivators. The cultivator must work with a distributor or have a distributor license in order to obtain a compliance COA.

You may enter as many cultivars as you like.

Submission Fee – $250

Discounts for multiple strains submissions:

    • $225 (each)– 2 strains
    • $220 (each)– 3 strains
    • $210 (each)– 4 strains

NOTE: Testing fee is $420 and includes COA from SC Labs

A compliance COA is needed for all entries. SC Labs will provide a COA as well as test results through an easy one-step process.

The certificate of analysis (COA) from SC Lab for the CA State Fair Flower Compliance is $420.

Divisions are based on light source; indoor, mixed light, outdoor. You know your source best!

We aspire to host a Homegrown category/division in the future, but for now there are some compliance, testing, and legal restrictions that make a homegrown division difficult to administer during this first year.

Cannabinoids are compounds found in cannabis. The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Cannabidiol is another major constituent of the plant. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids isolated from cannabis, exhibiting varied effects.


Terpenes, and terpenoids, are naturally occurring aromatic compounds found in many plants. Often, they are responsible for the characteristic smells (lavender, pine trees, and oranges as examples) and are the major constituent of plant essential oils and resins.

The submission window officially opens on November 1, 2021 and closes on March 30, 2022.

Yes. Need a compliance COA? Want to set up an account with SC Labs early? Need to conduct R&D testing beforehand? We will accommodate: Click Here.

There will be a remediation 4-week period for those submission samples who fail the compliance testing. Yes, you will need to pay for a second test.

All Things SC Labs

Once you are a client you will receive credentials to log into SC Labs Client Service Portal (CSP). In the application you can schedule a sampling event. 

Per DCC regulations, you must submit 0.35% of the total weight of the batch, but at a minimum 14g to satisfy lab requirements for testing.

No other items are required at the time of submission. Award winners will be contacted and encouraged to provide additional marketing collateral for promotional purposes. 

The SC Labs Client Service Portal hosts information about your results. When samples are submitted for testing, orders are assigned a status (Submitted, Accepted, Scheduled, Processing, Preliminary Results, Completed).

Winners will be announced in May 2022.

Yes, per Department of Cannabis Control (DCC), regulations compliance sampling events can only take place at a licensed distributor. 

No, SC Labs has been chosen as the exclusive lab for the California State Fair Cannabis Awards. To learn more about SC Labs, Click Here.

If you are unfamiliar with SC Labs processes, we recommend performing an R&D test or mock compliance on your material. This will allow you time to discuss results with your SC Labs account manager and address any concerns prior to compliance testing. While there are subtle differences between laboratories, all labs are required to meet the same regulatory standards and proficiency testing. Because of inherent variance in biomass, sampling procedure often plays a bigger role in variance than laboratory processes.

CA State Fair – General

CalExpo Fairgrounds