Delaware State Fair 4-H Exhibits

State Fair 4-H Ribbons

The Delaware State Fair is a terrific opportunity to showcase your projects and achievements!

All youth enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program are eligible to exhibit articles made as a part of project or activity work and participate in demonstration and judging programs outlined in this department of the Fair.



Archery is a popular shooting sport for 4-H Club Members. The Delaware State Fair provides the opportunity to showcase their skills in the following contests: Barebow, Recurve and Compound. Contestants are arranged in groups based on age as of January 1st: Senior (ages 14-19), Intermediate (ages 11-13) and Junior (ages 8-10).

Qualifications: Youth must be ages 8-19 years old, and be participating in a 4-H Archery Club or other 4-H Shooting Sports activities. Participants must have been through 4-H Shooting Sports Archery training camp, club or outreach activity.

Think you know a lot about poultry? Why not test your knowledge in an avian bowl contest?

Held annually during the Delaware State Fair, the Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl is a quiz bowl style competition. Teams of up to four individuals compete against each other answering questions related to rearing, nutrition, breeds, of various poultry species, waterfowl and pet birds and all things egg related. Specific study sections are released each year to help youth focus their learning.



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The Delaware 4-H State Consumer Bowl Contest is conducted annually to support learning in all 4-H financial and consumer education projects. 4-Hers who want to participate in this contest should enroll in the Financial Champions and Consumer Savvy project areas. Teams of 2-4 people will showcase their knowledge at the Delaware State Fair in July.

4-H CLub Leaders will enter their Teams under their 4-H Club name using the online entry system found on the Delaware State Fair's Exhibitor page

Detailed information to prepare for the contest is available at State 4-H Consumer Bowl Guide.


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Dairy Expo

Normally held in early April at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, the Spring Dairy Show is open to youth and adult exhibitors from the Delmarva Peninsula. This event gives youth an  opportunity to get early experience exhibiting their project animal(s). Entries are typically due in March.

Annual Delaware 4-H Horse Show

Quillen Covered Arena
Delaware State Fairgrounds
US Route 13, Harrington, DE   


The Rate of Gain contest awards the 4-H and FFA members whose market animals had the best average pounds per day gained from weigh-in at tagging in May until weigh-in at the Delaware State Fair. This event is open to all enrolled traditional age Delaware 4-H or Future Farmers of America (FFA) members. The 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest is sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau.



The State 4-H Talent Show is held during the Delaware State Fair.   

Selection of acts will be made on a first-come, first-served basis based upon when an entry is submitted. Shortly after the June 1st entry deadline, you will receive a confirmation email and a talent details form that needs to be completed and returned.

Presentations will be by both Individuals and Groups. 4-H members may only participate in ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES, NOT BOTH.

For GROUP acts, register under the 4-H Club name.

For INDIVIDUAL presentations, there will be two age categories.  Age is determined as of January 1 of the current year.

  • Beginner (ages 8-12 years old)
  • Senior (ages 13-19 years old)

Cloverbud members are permitted to participate but cannot compete. Green participation ribbons will be awarded to all Cloverbud members.

All talent show acts will be limited to a 2-minute maximum set-up time. Talent acts must not exceed 5 minutes.

All equipment needed for the talent presentation is the responsibility of the performer.

Register onLINE

All participants of this event must complete the
 4-H Tractor Driving/Lawn Tractor Driving Contest Hold Harmless Agreement.

Lawn Tractor Contest 

This event is designed to give 4-H members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the areas of lawn care, business management, and lawn and garden tractor (less than 20 Hp) operation, maintenance and safety while competing with other 4-Hers. Safety is stressed throughout the contest. 


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Tractor Driving Contest 

The Farm Tractor Driving Contest is designed to give 4-H members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and skill in operation, and compete with other 4-Hers; a written test, tools/tractor parts ID, two-wheeled manure spreader, and a four-wheeled trailer event. Safety will be stressed throughout the contest. 

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national quality assurance education and certification program. The program focuses on animal well being, proper medication and drug use, recordkeeping and life skill development related to livestock projects. This certification is required on an annual basis in order to enter and exhibit a market goat, market hog, market lamb and a market steer at the Delaware State Fair. 

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)
Certification Information

Delaware State Fair Results

4-H members participating in this contest demonstrate knowledge by answering increasingly complex questions related to care and management of poultry and the poultry industry. A team may consist of a minimum of 2 members and maximum of 4 members who are 8 to 19 years of age.


View AVIAN BOWL Results

Sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD). The suggested size of the educational display should be approximately 24” high x 30” deep and 36” wide. Entry is open to all young people, ages 8 through 19, and displays may be entered by an individual or group. The topic of the display is based on a State Envirothon Competition topic. 


View Conservation Display Results

4-H members participating in this contest learn important financial and consumer information that can be helpful to them throughout their lives. They compete in teams of 2-4 members answering questions in a quiz bowl format.


VIEW Consumer Bowl Results

The State Horse Show is celebrated in the Quillen Arena at the Delaware State Fair. The Champion awards are sponsored by the Delaware Equine Council and the Reserve Champion awards are sponsored by the Delaware Quarter Horse Association.


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Presenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Delaware 4-H alumni often credit their experience with 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Contests as a reason for their success in public and professional life. 4-H Public Speaking contests begin at the county level. 4-H members select a topic, research facts, and present timed speeches, graduated in length as required by their age division. 4-H contestants are judged on a variety of criteria. The contestant with the highest score in each age category advances to the state-level contest held during the Delaware State Fair.


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Contest Results



Samples of the 2021 4-H Public Speeches

A playlist of the speeches in order of age groups filmed at the Delaware State Fair:

This contest allows 4-H members to showcase their many talents as individuals or as a team. These talents range from singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or even performing a skit.


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Contest courses are designed to sharpen 4-H’ers ability driving farm tractors, as well as maneuvering and pulling machinery. The contestants are judged on their ability to correctly and safely operate the machinery through a series of obstacles in a given time limit. Youth aged 14-19 may enter both Farm Tractor and Lawn Tractor Driving contests.


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Clubs throughout the state work together to design and coordinate window displays to be put out in the community during National 4-H Week in an effort to promote 4-H and recruit new members.  The top three window displays from county competitions are invited to bring their displays to the state fair.  


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