Contest & Event Information

4-H student from Sussex County practicing archery

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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DE State Fair 4-H Archery Contest — September 19, 2020


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.

Delaware 4-H’s highest priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our community. In an effort to conduct this event, based on approval from the University of Delaware, we have put together a modified version of the State Fair Archery Contest. The information contained here is subject to change and will add a number of “Social Distancing” and other safety protocols.


COVID 19 Statement

The University of Delaware 4-H Program consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies safeguards implemented by the University of Delaware 4-H Program such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University of Delaware 4-H Program cannot categorically guarantee that any person participating in a 4-H event will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.


Registration & Equipment

You will be required to register online and as part of the registration you will need to provide information on the equipment you will use. If you do not have equipment with which to shoot the competition, prior arrangements are going to be required. This may include having your local club or county office provide the equipment required to participate in this event. This is due to the sanitation and health concerns that these items may present.


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All participants are going to be asked to wear a mask while they are not actively in the process of shooting. This means that while they are not shooting and going through the registration process they should be wearing a mask. They are encouraged to NOT wear a mask while shooting as it could prevent a safety issue with the Bow String.


Our staff and volunteers have spent a great deal of time putting this together for you and your families to enjoy. We hope that this helps and we cannot wait to see you out on the field soon!


Download the State Fair Archery Booklet

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:

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!)

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


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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.

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

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:


Submit a prevention video for your chance to win Amazon gift cards (prize breakdown below) and then join Delaware Prevention Partners for a livestreamed afternoon filled with music, fun, dance challenges, and prizes!

The first 10 Delaware 4-H members to submit their videos will receive a $100.00 gift card! Please email Lindsay Hughes ( to verify your submission or for more information!



All videos uploaded by September 13th by 5:00 p.m. 



Video Submission Awards announced day of event,
Friday, September 18, 2020 
from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 


Video Requirements

  • Video must incorporate two prevention facts or messages 
  • Length of video not to exceed 30 seconds
  • No cursing or physical harm to self, to others, or animals 
  • Video assessed based on creativity
  • Video format (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook) 
  • Each video includes the Delaware Prevention Partners logo 


Sources for prevention stats are available at



  • Elementary, Middle School, and High School
    • First place: $50 Amazon gift card
    • Second place: $35 Amazon gift card
    • Third place: $20 Amazon gift card


  • Family
    • First place: $20 Amazon gift card (for each family member up to five people!)
    • Second place: $50 Amazon gift card (total)
    • Third place: $25 Amazon gift card (total)

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 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



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 
  • 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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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

  1. Be able to Identify the 13 tools listed. (Level 1, pg. 8). 
  2. 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).
  3. Be able to identify the parts of a hammer (Level 1, pg. 17) and the parts of a screwdriver (Level 2, pg. 18).
  4. Be prepared to demonstrate the following skills:
    1. Countersink a nail (Level 1, pg. 18).
    2. Measure a piece of wood using the provided measuring tool (Level 1, pg. 14 and 16).
    3. Properly remove a nail from a piece of wood (Level 1, pg. 18)
  5. Rank a class of 4 finished or unfinished items considering workmanship, appearance, suitability, and quality of the finish.


Senior Judging Contest

  1. 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. 
  2. 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)
  3. Be familiar with the terms in the glossary of Levels 1-4.
  4. Be able to provide a brief description of the proper use and function for the following tools:
    1. Chisel
    2. Combination Square 
    3. Miter Box 
    4. T-Bevel
    5. Table Saw
    6. Router
    7. Portable Electric Drill
    8. Brace and Bit
  5. Be prepared to demonstrate the following skills:
    1. Screw two pieces of wood together (Level 2, pgs. 18 and 19).    
    2. Demonstrate the use of a rasp and clamp to smooth the edge of a piece of wood (Level 1, pg. 21). 
    3. Demonstrate how to use a T-bevel and protractor to mark an angle cut on a piece of wood (Level 2, pgs. 22-23). 
    4. Demonstrate how to use a miter box (Level 2, pg. 22). 
    5. Demonstrate how to use a chisel (Level 4, pg. 20).
  6. 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

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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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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

(Pay with credit card or mail a check.)


Download a print Registration form

(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:


View the 2020 County Contest WinnerS!

4-H Public Speaking Examples

4-H Public Speaking Examples:

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.

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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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