Contest & Event Information
I know everyone is very aware that we are currently living in very different times. COVID-19 has changed all of our lives. During these challenging times, the University of Delaware continues to work with local, state and federal officials to make decisions regarding work environments and programming, including our public in-person 4-H events events. Decisions are always being made with an abundance of care and the priority of protecting the health and safety of our participants, families, volunteers and staff.
Due to the current in-person restriction for 4-H programming in place through July 31, we previously announced that the 4-H program would not participate in the Delaware State Fair this year. However, as you are also aware, we developed a plan and requested approval to allow 4-H member exhibits to come to the 4-H building to be judged and displayed. As we were awaiting approval, we did implement and share communication that would enable us to put this plan into place if approved. Unfortunately, we will not be able to proceed with the plan.
Based on the continued changes and increased cases of COVID-19 in our state, for the safety and well-being of our 4-H families, we will not be able to permit entries to come to the State Fair. I cannot begin to express how disappointed we are in having to share this decision, understanding that our 4-H families will feel this same disappointment.
As we had previously shared, the Delaware State Fair has a virtual exhibit software that will allow us to share and exhibit 4-H project work in a virtual format, and have the ability to participate in the exhibit premium system. Even though it will be different, we are very fortunate to have the ability to use this system for our youth. 4-H staff are currently working with the State Fair to provide information on how this system will be used. We will communicate these instructions to our 4-H families as soon as it is ready.
This is certainly not what any of us planned for this year. We know our youth look forward to showcasing their 4-H project work each year. Even though we would prefer to do it in person, we will continue with our efforts in this new virtual showcase environment. 4-H is about learning and developing skills and knowledge. With this information, it helps us deal with positive as well as difficult situations. It is time for us all to work together, be resilient and flexible, and work through this difficult situation as we continue to persevere and look forward to future opportunities.
While COVID-19 has posed a new challenge for us, we remain responsive to our community’s needs in new and innovative ways. I am very grateful for our 4-H staff and volunteers who stay engaged in our communities. I am also grateful for our 4-H youth who have continued to engage in service to meet their community’s needs in safe and responsible ways. Your creativity and dedication to our program is very inspiring and a reminder that 4-H will continue to be relevant in communities across our state. We look forward to the day we can all gather safely together again.
Yours in 4-H,
Judging Guides for 2019-2020
- 2020 Horticulture Judging Guide
- 2019 Dairy Judging Contest Leader’s Guide
- 2019 Foods and Nutrition Judging Guide
- 2019 Horse Judging Contest Leaders Guide
- 2019 Livestock Judging Leaders Guide
- 2019 Photography Judging Leaders Guide
- 2019 Poultry Judging Contest Leaders Guide
- 2019-2020 4-H Textiles and Clothing Judging Guide
- 2019 Wildlife Habitat Judging Guide
- 2019 Wood Science Judging Guide
Resources for Judging Contests
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)
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.
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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)
- Consumer Comparison Sheet
- SAMPLE- Consumer Comparison Sheet
- Ready to Wear Sample Notebook
- Ready to Wear Scoresheet
"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
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
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.
March 21, 2020
(Registration will be closed on February 26th)
Participants MUST be a member of a 4-H Club, 4-H Archery Club, 4-H Shooting Sports Club, or a County 4-H Shooting Sports Program where during the club year they have received archery instruction from a certified Delaware 4-H Archery Instructor can enter. Archers must pre-register for this event – No onsite registrations
2020 4-H Indoor Archery State Championship
State Fair Archery Contest
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.
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.
- 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.
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 2020 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
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
This contest is Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.
(the winning State essay competes in the National contest)
2020 Essay Topic: “Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season”
Honey bees have developed special skills to overwinter in the United States. Please discuss one of these skills and then include a discussion about what you do to prepare your hives for winter. Include a photo of one of your hives, either using infrared technology or showing winter wrap, hay bales, special feeders, etc. to demonstrate how you prepare your hives for winter.
Entries are due to the State 4-H Office by Monday, March 2, 2020.
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.
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.