Contest & Event Information
2021 information TBA
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 2021 Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Study Sections:
All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual:
- Raising waterfowl (Sources through General Breeding Management) - pages 26- 30
- Avian systems (The Feather) - page 43
- Growing Blue Ribbon Pullets (All) - pages 57-65
- Breeds, Varieties, and Strains (Introduction, Bantams, Americans, and Asiatics) - pages 69-73
- Eggcyclopedia (Curdling through It's All in an Egg) - pages 118-136
- Ratites (All) - Pages 171-173 Commercial Poultry Industry (All) - Pages 175-176
- Embryology (Parts of the Egg through Candling) - Pages 186-192
This contest is Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. (the winning State essay competes in the National contest!)
Topic: "Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats"
Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy. Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes. Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!
In your essay, name at least two threats (a parasite such as Varroa, a pathogen such as a virus, a predator such as a bear, etc.) to honey bee colonies and then discuss the methods colonies use to defend against the threats. If possible, include at least one picture you have taken from Feb. 2020-Feb. 2021 that illustrates how colonies manage to stay healthy against a variety of threats.
Entries are due to the State 4-H Office by Monday, March 15, 2021.
Entries should be submitted via email to email@example.com
Each summer Delaware 4-H provides many opportunities for 4-H members and the public to participate in camps. Some camp programs are offered as state-wide camps, while others are offered by individual county offices. Both day camps and overnight camps are offered.
Information on Ready to Wear Packet
2020 Clothing Showcase Training Session
A video of the 2020 Clothing Showcase Training Session: youtube.com/watch?v=GUw7eRaeokE
The Clover Quest Trail Challenge
Ride/Drive the First State with Delaware 4-H Horse Program
General Information and Eligibility:
The challenge begins June 1, 2021 and is finished on August 15, 2021
You must be a currently enrolled Delaware 4-H member in good standing and should be enrolled in a horse project. Both hours/miles in the saddle and hours/miles spent driving horses can be counted. 4-H leaders/adults may participate. If adults are competing on a team, the team must contain at least (1) 4-H member.
If you register after the challenge begins, you may only accumulate hours/miles from that date forward, back hours/miles will not be accepted.
Participation Division- For those that want to participate, but not competitively, there is a participation only option. Hours/mileage accumulated will not be considered for end of challenge award recognition. For example- those members who only take a riding lesson once a week.
Individual Division- For those that want to participate competitively. Hours/mileage accumulated will considered for end of challenge award recognition.
Team Division- A full team consists of 4 members, teams of three may also compete. Teams must include at least 1 4-H member. A family unit can be considered a team. Clubs may participate as a team and clubs may submit multiple teams. If participating as a team, select a team name and a team captain. The team captain will be responsible for submitting the team log by the submission deadline.
4-H members are eligible to compete in both the individual and team divisions simultaneously.
Training/Conditioning and recreational hours/mileage count. Hours/mileage logged during any form of competition do not count. Both hours riding and hours driving may count towards this challenge. Teams do not have to ride together. Your miles and hours can be logged separately. When riding, please keep safety measures such as riding helmets, proper footwear, trail etiquette and social distancing protocols in mind.
Extend Your Knowledge:
Consider reviewing the following free web based resources about trail riding safety and trail etiquette:
Tips for Staying Safe on Roads and Trails Webcast - Dr. Betsy Greene, University of Vermont
Top Placing individuals and teams will be recognized.
All participants will receive a participation certificate at the end of the challenge no matter your accrued hours, mileage or participation level.
Entry is made online via a Google Form. For those competing as a team, submit one (1) completed team entry form via an online Google Form with team captain identified.
Entry will not be considered eligible for awards until your entry form and log form have been received. Mileage and team captain log sheets must be turned in no later than August 23, 2021
Submit mileage/time logs to Susan Garey firstname.lastname@example.org
Mileage deadlines: Individuals will report their hours and miles using the provided log form by August 23, 2021. Team members should report their hours and miles to the team captain regularly throughout the challenge.
*Reminder: You do not have to ride together as a team. Miles can be logged separately.*
It is not a requirement to use the apps mentioned below however, here are some apps that you may find helpful in logging your mileage:
Map My Ride
Horse Riding Tracker
We encourage you to take pictures, post on social media and use the hashtags #de4h, #DE4HHorse and #de4hCloverQuest
Get out and enjoy our beautiful state from horseback!
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.
- 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.
- B = Beginner
- J = Junior
- S = 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
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:
- Demonstration Guidelines and Rules
- Helpful Hints for 4-H Demonstrations
- Delaware 4-H Demonstration Score Sheet (Updated 2020)
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.
Farm Tractor Contest
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.
Delaware 4-H Virtual Equine Art Contest
General Information Read the 2021 Tutorial: How to make a virtual entry for the Equine Art Contest
- Entries must include the image of a horse or horses, ponies, donkeys or mules.
- Artwork and photographs must be the original work of the entrant. The work must have been completed during the current 4-H year (since Sept. 1, 2020)
- Contestants will upload a photo of their artwork to the correct Padlet for their category. Links are provided by category below. This will effectively turn each Padlet into a virtual art gallery for viewing so that all the artwork can be viewed by others.
- Contestants may submit one image(no image collages) for judging per piece of artwork with the exception of Class 10 Mixed Media. Contestants will be able to submit two images per piece of artwork in the Mixed Media category in case multiple views are needed.
- Contestants may submit more than on entry. A maximum of two entries per individual per class will be accepted.
- Artwork must be fully completed when submitted.
- The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee respectfully requires the permission of the artists to reproduce their entries in future promotional publications or articles which advertise the winners, promotes future contests or 4-H equine activities.
- Contestants must be 4-H members that are currently enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program.
- 4-H members must be between the ages of 5-19 years old as of January 1, 2021.
- Age divisions (age as of Jan 1, 2021) are as follows:
Cloverbud (5-7 years old)
Intermediate (12-14 years old)
Junior (8-11 years old)
Senior (15-19 years old)
- Entries must be made online via Padlet and will be open between June 1- June 15th, 2021 for uploading contestant’s artwork. If you are having technical issues uploading your artwork, please contact Caroline DelVecchio for assistance email@example.com
- Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30, 1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.
- Judging will be completed and awards will be announced by the end of June. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only.
- Entries that do not comply with entry specifications will be disqualified.
Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Classes:
- Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing. https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/izih4itxhwtwobfy
- Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing. https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/eylwz8fjhlff4uo0
- Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon - ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing. https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/3391duo63o523ruc
- Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon - REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing. https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/uj1emxold225zvcg
- Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor - ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/ykbkepzkav5pxsmt
- Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/6fas15uvapa8wckn
- Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” X 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper). - https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/k1rxt329rz7ig0hw
- Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” x 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper). https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/blr0xgq63kq7gra0
- Cartoon- Single frame or Strip Artwork done in any medium. Must tell a short story or make a point. Exhibitor must use his/her own illustrations. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/vokk0e1kdsrg26j
- Mixed, Altered Media, Other – Collage, Paper, Paint, Fun Foam, Felt, Metal, Wood, Leather, Combined Mediums, Altered Horse items, etc. Artwork combining several types of mediums. Artwork that does not fit any other category. Use your imagination! If artwork is to be hung, it may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). If artwork is for tabletop, it may be no smaller than 6” x 6” x 6” and no larger than 11” x 17” x 17”. You may submit two images of this piece of art work https://padlet.com/kentcountyclover/pz7eg39sdftj00vd
The 4-H Favorite Foods contest is a contest open to all 4-H members currently taking any foods, bread, food preservation or Exploring 4-H project. The reasons for holding this activity are:
- Increase knowledge of the importance of good nutrition and create an interest in improving food standards.
- Help 4-H club members improve skills in food preparation and display.
- Encourage originality, creativity, initiative and poise in the 4-H member.
- Develop wholesome attitude, character and personality traits. Member prepares dish at home and brings it and a place setting to the contest site.
Age divisions include
- Cloverbud: Ages 5-7 (note special requirements)
- Junior: Ages 11-13
- Beginner: Ages 8-10
- Senior: Ages 14-19
Virtual Delaware 4-H Horse Bowl Contest
Online Competition Conducted Between April 2-11, 2021
If you have special needs that need to be accommodated,
please contact the office two weeks prior to the event
so that we can make alternate arrangements.
General Rules, Regulations and Entry
1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility
- Youth must be currently enrolled members of the Delaware 4-H Program. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.
- Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.
- All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and must not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.
- Contestants may not have participated in a previous National Horse Bowl Contest as an official member or alternate.
- Contestants must be entered in the appropriate age division (as of 1/1/21): 8-10, 11-13, 14-19. Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.
2. Questions may be 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. 2015 version 4-H Horse Manuals
In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:
Horse Care for Kids, by Cherry Hill
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
Questions will be comprised from the following three categories:
- Regular questions (worth 1 point each).
- Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.
- Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); Bonus questions will be offered only if a toss up question is answered correctly.
The Qualtrics online platform will be used to administer the contest and will be open for completion between April 2-11, 2021. The system will close at midnight on the 11th. Youth may only complete the contest one time. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (adults, other youth, the internet, reference books etc.)
Youth must be pre-entered to compete in the contest. Entries must be made online via the University of Delaware IdLoom system and will be open between March 22 and April 2.
A valid email address that is used regularly should be used at the time of entry. This email address will receive the contest information and link.
There will be no entry fee for the 2021 contest.
Teams must be preregistered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.
Individual scores will be calculated based on the number of correct answers Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.
Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on the following scale:
- Blue (90% or greater correct)
- Red (75%- 89% correct)
- Yellow (74% and below correct)
- Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (from parents, leaders, other members and teammates, internet searches, reference books, etc.) If special accommodations are needed to complete the contest in this virtual format, please contact Susan Garey firstname.lastname@example.org or (302)730-4000.
- In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, participants will not be able to return to questions.
- In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, the questions will auto advance to keep participants from lingering too long on a single question. Youth will have a maximum of two minutes to answer each question before it auto advances.
Resources for Judging Contests
2021-2022 4-H WOOD SCIENCE JUDGING CONTEST
In this contest, 4-H members will learn a variety of wood science topics including equipment, safe practices, skills, and workmanship. In addition, decision-making skills and the ability to clearly express one’s self are lifelong attributes that have a positive impact on mastery. 4-H judging contests helps members develop these skills. Judging involves making a decision and then telling why you made it. Through judging, youth learn to appreciate standards, observe carefully, and develop reasoning ability.
There are two divisions for this contest: Junior and Senior.
Junior participants must be between the ages of 8 to 12 in 4-H age. Individuals 13 and older must complete the senior contest. If a junior chooses to participate in both divisions, they must complete the senior level contest first. The top ten senior participants from each county are eligible to participate in the state contest. Should ten seniors not be available, juniors may be asked to participate in the state event.
Woodworking Wonders 4-H Project Series. Levels 1-4
Junior Judging Contest
- Be able to Identify the 13 tools listed. (Level 1, pg. 8).
- Be able to identify three safety practices that can be followed when using the tools identified in item #1 above. (Level 1, pgs. 10-11).
- Be able to identify the parts of a hammer (Level 1, pg. 17) and the parts of a screwdriver (Level 2, pg. 18).
- Be prepared to demonstrate the following skills:
- Countersink a nail (Level 1, pg. 18).
- Measure a piece of wood using the provided measuring tool (Level 1, pg. 14 and 16).
- Properly remove a nail from a piece of wood (Level 1, pg. 18)
- Rank a class of 4 finished or unfinished items considering workmanship, appearance, suitability, and quality of the finish.
Senior Judging Contest
- Given the list of tools found in Levels 1-4, be able to identify each tool and provide one safety practice for each. Youth should be prepared to indicate why this safety practice is important to follow.
- After reading scenarios provided, be able to respond to questions presented as to what you feel would be the best safety practice to follow when working with table saws and cutting wood. (Note: Refer to link in resource area)
- Be familiar with the terms in the glossary of Levels 1-4.
- Be able to provide a brief description of the proper use and function for the following tools:
- Combination Square
- Miter Box
- Table Saw
- Portable Electric Drill
- Brace and Bit
- Be prepared to demonstrate the following skills:
- Screw two pieces of wood together (Level 2, pgs. 18 and 19).
- Demonstrate the use of a rasp and clamp to smooth the edge of a piece of wood (Level 1, pg. 21).
- Demonstrate how to use a T-bevel and protractor to mark an angle cut on a piece of wood (Level 2, pgs. 22-23).
- Demonstrate how to use a miter box (Level 2, pg. 22).
- Demonstrate how to use a chisel (Level 4, pg. 20).
- Rank one class of 4 finished or unfinished items considering workmanship, appearance, suitability, and quality of finish. Provide written reasons for your placings.
"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
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.
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.
(Pay with credit card or mail a check.)
(Mail a check.)
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
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:
- Delaware 4-H Public Speaking – General Rules
- Delaware 4-H Public Speaking Score Sheets by Age Division:
- Public Speaking Worksheet (A planning guide)
4-H Public Speaking Examples
4-H Public Speaking Examples: youtube.com/watch?v=pPHsAlLQklw
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.