Competitive and Non-Competitive Events

4-H student from Sussex County practicing archery

In a 4-H Demonstration Contest or Illustrated Talks,  4-H youth members demonstrate individually or with another member as a team entry. A topic is chosen from a 4-H project. Props and visual aids are required, as well as handmade posters or presentations using software. A successful demonstration will show the audience and judges several steps in a process, such preparing a cooked dish, grooming an animal, etc. Demonstrations are followed by a question and answer period with the judges where the contestant(s) can cite further resources or expertise.

Demonstration resources are listed below:

 

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 in July.

Public Speaking resources are listed below:

"The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program encourages students to explore their natural world, invites them to investigate biology and wildlife management principles and challenges them to express and share what they have learned with others."  – USFWS JDSP Website

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Delaware 4‐H Legislative Day promotes Delaware 4‐H. It is an educational opportunity to learn about Delaware’s government and an opportunity to express appreciation to our legislators for their continued support of 4‐H.

Youth will participate in various workshops, such as:

  • Legislative Hall Session with Legislator
  • Public Archives Workshop
  • Tour of Legislative Hall
  • Superior Court Workshop
  • A Balancing Act: Delaware and the Constitution
  • “Stories of the Green” Walking Tour

Join fellow 4-H volunteers across the state for a day of professional development, friendship and learning! There are a variety of workshops being offered in the areas of leadership, media and marketing, healthy living and 4-H project work, just to name a few.

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4-H'ers wishing to participate in the Delaware State Fair archery competition should download the following 22-page guidelines. Please keep in mind that this is a learning experience and competition is secondary, in terms of the shooting sports learning experience.

Download the State Fair Archery Booklet

These are statewide large animal science youth programs, designed to engage and excite young people in the STEM based field of animal science while developing life skills such as leadership, responsibility, caring, recordkeeping and good sportsmanship.

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Divisions are available for ages (as of January of the current year):

  • 8-10 (Beginner)
  • 11-13 (Junior)
  • 14-19 (Senior)

Questions may come from:

  • 4-H Horse Manuals (blue cover 2015 version):  “Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”,  “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide,”and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at www.n4hccs.org. 
  • In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:
    Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, by Cherry Hill
    Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material)
    Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council
    Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material). Horse Science– by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council

Teams must be registered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Day of contest entries will not be accepted. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive written confirmation in return.

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

Your club will need to create a CLUB ACCOUNT RECORD and enter your exhibit entry under the CLUB RECORD.  Entries must be made online through the Delaware State Fair website by June 1: www.delawarestatefair.com

The 2019 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections:

All questions and answers will come from the following material, which you can study with the Avian Bowl Manual.

  • Avian systems (Only Circulatory, Nervous, Excretory, Muscle and Skeletal) -pages 39-40
  • Breeds, varieties, and strains (AOSB and Miscellaneous only) – Pages 79-80
  • Raising game birds (All) – pages 81-99
  • Eggcyclopedia (Eggs from A-Z through Chantilly Meringue) AND (Sabayon sauce through Zeaxanthin) – pages 103-110 and 145-151B
  • Raising your home flock (All) – Pages 151C-161
  • Contributions of poultry to the development of science (All) – Pages 169-170
  • Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182

Webinar: Coaching An Avian Bowl

4-Hers who want to participate in this contest need to enroll in the financial champions and consumer savvy project areas. You will need to form a team of 2-4 people.

Teams should be entered under their 4-H Club Name.  To do this, enter the Delaware State Fair website Exhibitor page.  The leader signs into the online entry system.

The contest is hosted at the Delaware State Fair in July.

Teams:

  • Beginner ages 8-10
  • Juniors ages 11-13
  • Seniors ages 14-18

Age groups are responsible for content in the project books and resources as noted below.  More information can be found at State 4-H Consumer Bowl Guide.

  • =  Beginner
  • =  Junior
  • =  Senior

Financial Champions Project Area:
Money Fundamentals – book 1 B, J, S
Money Moves – book 2 J, S
Helper’s Guide J, S
Consumer Savvy Project Area
Consumer in Me – book 1 B
Consumer Wise – book 2 J, S
Consumer Roadmap – book 3 S
Helpers Guide J, S

This contest is Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.
(the winning State essay competes in the National contest)

2019 Essay Topic:  “Honey Varietals, State to State” 

Each jar of honey reflects an unrepeatable combination of climate, soil, weather and flowers. Each state has unique honey varietals that beekeepers can market to their customers. Please identify one unique varietal to your state and discuss the flower’s uniqueness and how beekeepers can effectively market that varietal.

In your essay, please include a photo of the varietal’s flower, an interview with a local beekeeper who collects this varietal and a recipe that highlights the varietal. Put on Your Thinking Cap!

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Lawn Tractor

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.

 

Farm Tractor 

This event is designed to give 4-H members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and skill in operation, and compete with other 4-Hers in so doing.  Safety will be stressed throughout the contest.

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 on the Delaware State Fair website

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The Delaware State Fair is a terrific opportunity to showcase all you have done in the 4-H program.

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