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.

Price of Entry:

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

Discounts for multiple cultivar submissions:

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


It begins with light source


Mixed Light



Entries will be evaluated and ranked based on total concentration of terpenes and cannabinoids and the ratio of cannabinoid-to-terpene content. 


Analysis of SC Labs’ data base of terpene testing results indicates that, with few exceptions, cannabis expresses one of six possible terpenes in the highest concentration (dominant terpene), oftentimes a particular cultivar has two or three of those terpenes in nearly equal concentrations (co-dominant).

These six dominant and one co-dominant classes will form the seven terpene-based awards categories. Winners will be selected based upon the overall concentration of terpenes present in the entries from each class.


Myrcene is the terpene most frequently found in cannabis, and is described as earthy and herbal. Myrcene is found in hops, thyme, lemongrass and mango. Cultivars in which Myrcene is the dominant terpene represent the largest proportion of cultivars currently available in the market.

Suggested Effects:
Sedative and Relaxation

Cultivars: Cherry AK, Forbidden Fruit, Tangie and Blueberry

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One of two isomers of the monoterpene Pinene, the most abundant terpene in the natural world. It is responsible for the distinct aroma of many coniferous trees, particularly pines, from which it derives its name. α-Pinene is found in dill, basil, rosemary, and parsley, in addition to pine needles and other conifers.

Suggested Effects: Stimulating and Focus

Cultivars: Black Lime Reserve, Fruit Stripe, Sour Carmello and Taffy  

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A sesquiterpene with a fragrance that can be described as spicy, dry, woody, dusty, and mildly sweet. β-Caryophyllene is found in black pepper and cloves and is used as a flavoring agent to add spicy and herbal notes.

Suggested Effects: Comfort and CB2 Receptor Agonist

:  Cookies, Gelato, Runtz, Sour Diesel and Purple Punch

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Ocimene imparts a sweet, floral and woody scent. Although present in many cultivars, Ocimene dominant cultivars of cannabis are rare. It can be found in a wide variety of plants including hops, kumquats, mangoes, basil, bergamot, lavender, orchids, and pepper in varying quantities. It is used extensively in the perfume industry due to its aromatic profile.

Suggested Effects: Relaxation and Comfort

Cultivars: Harmony Rose, Tropical Sleigh Ride, Pineapple and Mango

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Terpinolene has a complicated organoleptic profile with a nose described as woody and herbaceous yet floral. It can be found in nature in lilac, tea tree, apples, cumin, and nutmeg. Terpinolene is common in cultivars/strains but usually in small amounts. Cultivars/strains in which Terpinolene is dominant are much less common.

Suggested Effects: Creative, Cerebral, Uplifting and Energy

Cultivars: Train Wreck, Super Lemon Haze, Dutch Treat and Jack Herrer

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A monoterpene with a fragrance that can be described as orangey, citrusy, sweet, and tart. Limonene is common to the lemon and other citrus essential oils, and is the second most widely distributed terpenoid in nature. 

Suggested Effects: Inspiration, Uplifting and Antidepressant

Cultivars: Banana OG, Strawberry Banana, Berry White and MAC 

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THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces the high sensation, while CBD is the second most common cannabinoid found in cannabis. Test reporting will award contestants with the highest Total THC measurements and highest Total CBD measurements.


Entrants are vying for 70+ Awards

Silver & Gold awarded in each relevant category per division

Specialty Awards

Double Gold

Submissions that achieve gold level results in two
or more categories

Best of California

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


Rare and distinctive
terpene & cannabinoid 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.

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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

View and download the full Competition Guide via the button below. Please email info@castatefaircannabisawards.com 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 cultivar submissions:

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

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. 

Entrants must submit a minimum batch size of 28g up to 50 lbs (per DCC regulations). The sampling event size for the CA State Fair Cannabis Awards is a minimum of 16g or 0.35% of the total weight of the batch (whichever is greater).


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

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