4-H Youth Development
4-H Demonstration Contests
Posted on June 12, 2019
The Demonstration Contest gives 4-H'ers the opportunity to share what they have learned from their projects. In this event, 4-H youth members demonstrate individually or with another member as a team entry based on a list of thirty-five available 4-H demonstration topic areas. Props and visual aids are required, and many demonstrations include handmade posters or presentations using software. A successful demonstration will show the audience and judges several steps in a process, such as preparing a cooked dish, grooming an animal, demonstrating how to take a good picture, etc. Demonstrations are followed by a question and answer period with the judges where the contestant(s) provide answers, and can cite further resources or expertise.
Participants learn and develop many excellent communication and life skills through this activity as they gain confidence to be prepared to speak in front of audiences. 4-H'ers must compete in the county contest to advance to the state contest at the Delaware State Fair.
In 2019, sixty-eight demonstrations were presented in county contests. Delaware 4-H encourages everyone to come out to the Delaware State Fair on July 22, 24, 25 or 26 to see the state competition going on in the 4-H building. All of the participating 4-H youth deserve a big round of applause!