We just learned that the 2011 California State Fair has a Fine Art competition that includes a category specifically for colored Pencil. (Division 405 "Other 2D Artworks," Class 3: Colored Pencil.)
The deadline for online entry is April 22, and receipt of art (JPEG files on CD) April 27. The exhibit takes place during the state fair in Sacramento, July 14-31. Cost is $20 per piece entered, and accepted entries must be framed under plexiglass rather than glass.
If you do plein air work, they have a competition for that, too, for work completed on site during the fair!
Go to http://www.bigfun.org/competition-adult.php and https://www.bigfun.org/exhibits/all/exhibitshome.aspx for more details.
Hurry, this is an opportunity for more exposure for our colored pencil passion!