Contests and Events

A collage of 4-H events from summer camp and cow camp to archery contests and public speaking.

Each year, Delaware 4-H hosts a variety of exciting contests and events that let members get hands on with opportunities in animal science, leadership, arts, and more!

Select an event below to view details!

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


Delaware 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Saturday July 30, 2022

Delaware State Fair 4-H Centre

Harrington, Delaware

1:00 pm



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

2021 Essay

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


Click here for complete rules


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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:



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.


To Enter: 

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


Submitting Mileage:

Submit mileage/time logs to Susan Garey

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

  • My Tracks-Google

  • Horse Trail

  • Equi-Trail

  • 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!

Go Ride!

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.


  • 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

The 2022 Delaware 4-H & FFA Spring Dairy Expo


DATE - Saturday, April 9, 2022

PLACE – Kent Building, Delaware State Fairgrounds, Harrington

If you have special needs in accessing this program, please notify the Kent County Extension Office by the registration deadline (302)730-4000 or

TIME - 10:00 a.m.  Cattle should be on the grounds no later than 9:00 a.m. to permit checking of registration papers and carrying out of other details of the show.  The fairgrounds will be available Friday evening for those who wish to move in the night before.  Camping spaces will also be available for $40.00 per night.  No bedding on wood chips allowed or you must take the used bedding home with you.  There are no milking facilities available on site.  You must bring your own milking equipment if needed.  Exhibitors are expected to stay and assist with clean up following the show.

ELIGIBILITY - The show is open to all Delmarva Residents who are owners or lessors of Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Guernsey and Brown Swiss cattle.  The show will include both a Junior Division (age 21 & under as of January 1, 2022) and an Open Division which will run concurrently. 

HEALTH - It is strongly suggested that all animals be vaccinated for shipping fever.  Out of state exhibitors will need interstate health papers issued within 30 days of the show.  Maryland Intrastate Health Certificates will also be accepted provided it has been checked and signed at a Maryland show within 30 days.

LUNCH - Lunch will be available on the grounds.

ENTRIES – Entry Fee of $5 per head for Delaware residents and Delaware 4-H members, $10 per head all others outside of Delaware- please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association

CAMPING- If you wish to camp on the fairgrounds during the Spring Show, campsites are available for $40/night. Please contact the Delaware State Fair directly to make reservations and pay for camping or (302)398-7005 and ask for Robin Rockemann. This can also be done via the web

Please return no later than March 20th to :
Charmayne Busker
1676 Drapers Corners Road
Harrington, DE 19952

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. Delaware Cooperative Extension, University of Delaware. 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.

- Classes will be combined with judging based on both fitting and showmanship.  Children ages 8-21 as of January 1, 2022 are eligible.  The fitting and showmanship age brackets will be determined by number of entries and ages of entrants.  Every effort will be made to divide classes with as equal numbers of exhibitors per class as possible.  The Novice/Cloverbud Class will continue for any child, age 7 and under, who would like to participate, regardless of whether they brought their own calf to the show.

1.  Fitting and Showmanship – Ages 8 to 21(as of Jan 1, 2022) 

2.  Fitting and Showmanship Champion

3.  Cloverbud/ Novice Showmanship- Age 7 and under



4.  Winter Heifer Calf - 12-1-21 to 2-28-22

5.  Fall Heifer Calf - 9-1-21 to 11-30-21

6.  Summer Yearling Heifer - 6-1-21 to 8-31-21

7.  Spring Yearling Heifer - 3-1-21 to 5-31-21

8.  Winter Yearling Heifer - 12-1-20 to 2-28-21

9.  Fall Yearling Heifer - 9-1-20 to 11-30-20

10.  2 Year Old Cow - 9-1-19 to 8-31-20

11.  3 Year Old Cow - 9-1-18 to 8-31-19

12.  4 Year Old Cow - 9-1-17 to 8-31-18

13.  5 Year Old Cow - 9-1-16 to 8-31-17

14. Aged Cow - Born prior to 9-1-16

15.  Dry Cow, Fresh At Least Once

16.  Dam & Daughter


“Best Delaware Bred and Owned” animals will be recognized in each of the individual Holstein Open Classes this year.  Following the selection of the Grand Champion, each of the individual “Best Delaware Bred and Owned” winners will return to the ring for selection of the Best Bred and Owned animal in the Holstein Show.



Again this year individual breeders and businesses will have the opportunity to sponsor classes in the show. Appropriate awards will be presented to the winners in all junior classes and in the open classes if there are enough sponsors. Names of show sponsors will also appear on T-Shirts being presented to all Junior Exhibitors.  If you wish to sponsor a class, please let Charmayne know no later than March 15th. The fee to be a show sponsor will be $50.00.



Please contact Charmayne Busker at 302-270-2629 or email


Download entry forms

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:


2022 Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest


General Information:

  1. Entries must include the image of a horse or horses, ponies, donkeys or mules.
  2. 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, 2021)
  3. Contestants may submit more than on entry. Each entry must have a separate entry form when submitted.
  4. Artwork must be fully completed and dry when submitted.
  5. 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.
  6. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will make every effort to protect the artwork while on display, however the artwork will be displayed in a public venue and 4-H members enter their artwork at their own risk.



Farm 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. 


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. 

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:

  1. Increase knowledge of the importance of good nutrition and create an interest in improving food standards.
  2. Help 4-H club members improve skills in food preparation and display.
  3. Encourage originality, creativity, initiative and poise in the 4-H member.
  4. 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





See all the winners!

2022 Delaware 4-H Hippology Contest

4-H Hippology Contest Results

The annual 4-H Hippology Contest's objectives are:

  • To provide youth with the opportunity to blend the knowledge and skills acquired in horse judging, horse bowl, demonstrations and public speaking, showing and practical horse experience into one activity.
  • To encourage youth to continue expanding their understanding, knowledge and participation in equine science.
  • To recognize youth for their total involvement in and comprehensive knowledge of the horse industry.
  • To teach good sportsmanship through a friendly and competitive environment.

Delaware 4-H Hippology Contest Preparation

The annual 4-H Horse Bowl Contest encourages youth to work in teams to demonstrate their equine knowledge about all aspects of horsemanship, including but not limited to healthcare, nutrition, tack, equipment and ownership responsibilities. Teams are comprised of 2 to 4 youth that compete in a double elimination quiz-show style format. Team entry age is based on the age of the oldest participant in the group.

Annual Delaware 4-H Horse Show

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


Judging Contests are designed to support the learning that is taking place in a project area. 4-H members learn to compare and become familiar with project equipment and terminology.  Judging teaches critical thinking and decision-making skills. These skills are valuable to young people as well as adults as they must make decisions every day. Youth who excel in county contests may advance to compete at the Delaware State Fair.


Judging Guides


Resources for Judging Contests

2022 Winners Gallery

Art & Conservation Statement Competition: Junior Duck Stamp Program


What is the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program?

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

Youth participate in an artwork competition featuring a JDSP-approved waterfowl species.  The winning artwork from the national art contest will serve as the design for the Junior Duck Stamp!


View the Contest Rules >


Drop off and Pick up Instructions

  • Any entry can be mailed to the State 4-H Office prior to the deadline date. Entries will be returned to participants in padded mailers labeled “fragile” via USPS first-class mail. 
  • Arrangements can also be made with the State 4-H office for “drop off” or “pick up” of entries. This will give anyone the opportunity to avoid taking a chance with their artwork being sent via USPS. Email for details.


More info

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.


Register Online


Download a print Registration form

(Check or Cash Only)


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:


View Public Speaking Results

4-H Public Speaking Examples

4-H Public Speaking Examples:

2022 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Educational Contest

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

Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity

All Breed Summer Calves
Co-Chairs: John Hickey & Charmayne Busker

To participate in the Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1.  All calves, born June 1 to August 31 of the prior year inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 1.


Complete Program Details and Entry Form



Quality Assurance Certification Requirement for Delaware State Fair Market Animal Exhibitors

All Delaware State Fair junior exhibitors showing a market animal (steer, market lamb, market goat or market hog) are required to have a current quality assurance certification in order to exhibit in a market class at the Delaware State Fair. The Youth PQA program no longer exists to train new youth or recertify. The YQCA program is a national certification that now covers all livestock species with a single certification for all youth ages 8-21 nationwide.



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

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