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4-H Competitive Events


4-H youth can participate in a wide array of competitions to demonstrate the skills they have learned and to build on mastery of their skills. Learn about the opportunities youth have to compete and advance to various levels in competitive events below:

County and District Eventsimages

Each year, 4-H youth compete at the county and district level to demonstrate skills they have acquired throughout the year. These demonstrations are important in reflecting an important tenant of 4-H, mastery. County events occur annually, usually in March. Youth should pre-register for County events by 2 weeks prior to the date the event is scheduled by contacting the county office.

Youth age 8-18 may present their demonstrations. Cloverbud (5-7) aged youth do not compete. 4-H club or special interest group participation and registration in 4honline is required to compete in county and district events.

  • Junior 4-H’ers must be 8-10 years old by September 1 of the current program year.
  • Intermediate 4-H’ers must be 11-13 years old by September 1 of the current program year.
  • Senior 4-H’ers must be 14-18 years old by September 1 of the current program year.

Entry Form and Preparation

All 4-H projects from the year are eligible to compete. A list of project areas can be found at Curriculum and record books for these projects can be found at Youth can also compete in the Share the Fun competition at County and District events.

Youth who are awarded a blue ribbon for their demonstration at County events can proceed to District events competition, usually held in April or May. District events represent youth from Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Escambia counties.

Youth awarded a blue ribbon at District events are eligible to compete in State competitive events at 4-H University.

Share the Fun

The 4-H Share the Fun Program is designed to help 4-H’ers discover their talents, develop them, and have opportunities to share those gifts with others. It is part of the 4-H Recreation Program and is conducted at County, District, and State levels. The objective of the Share-the-Fun Program is to enhance the following areas: appreciation of talent, leadership, confidence, interest in special training, and the ability to discover opportunities for wholesome recreation.

Find out more about Share the Fun at

County events competition eligibility is based on current enrollment and participation standard. Separate junior, intermediate and senior programs be conducted.

If youth are awarded blue ribbons at County events, each county may submit two acts for senior competition, two acts for intermediate competition and two acts for junior competition to District events.

Only the top senior district winner awarded a blue ribbon will be eligible to compete at the state level. During Florida 4-H University, individual 4-H’ers can participate in one demonstration OR public speaking event AND either Share-the-Fun or one judging/other event (i.e. Fashion Revue), as long as schedule permits. Please contact the State Events Coordinator to confirm the schedule for these events. Youth at county and district levels are be encouraged to participate in both demonstrations and judging or other events. 4-H’ers may compete in contests and be a council delegate. Participants may refine their routine from district to state as long as it does not change the act dramatically.

4-H University

Florida 4-H University is a week-long overnight event for senior 4-H youth (4-H age 14-18) held at the University of Florida. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in educational workshops lead by University of Florida faculty, explore career opportunities, lead community service activities, interact with youth from all over the state, and have fun while developing critical life skills that will help them become productive and engaged citizens of the communities, their country, and their world.

4-H University Handbook 2016

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Pensacola Interstate Fair

Each year, 4-H youth demonstrate the projects they have worked on that apply to fair guidelines. Projects are on display throughout the fair period and are judged for premium awards. Youth who participate may also apply for the Pensacola Interstate Fair academic scholarship. Areas in which youth can enter submissions and rules for submissions can be found at

The fair is held annually typically during late October and early November.

More information about the fair can be found at

Area A Horse Show

Each year 4-H clubs across the state hold countless local and county horse shows. In the spring, each of the six Areas has a qualification show to determine who will be able to participate at the State show. Only the top percentage from each Area qualify to go to State (percent may change annually; the 2015 percentage was 62%). Moving up through the levels of 4-H Horse Shows is a very competitive process and requires good sportsmanship and a thorough knowledge of all the rules by everyone involved. Escambia County participates in the Area A show which is held annually, usually in April. 4-H youth who have pursued a horse project throughout the year and met qualifying requirements may compete. Escambia County has two thriving horse clubs that can assist youth in preparing for competitions. Contact the county office for more information.

Find out more about these competitions at

GCA&NRYO Livestock Show

The Gulf Coast Agricultural and Natural Resources Youth Organization exists as an outlet for youth in Escambia County to participate in livestock shows throughout the year. The spring livestock show is organized as a partnership between GCA&NRYO and Escambia County 4-H. The livestock competition is held annually, usually in April. All 4-H and FFA youth from West Florida and South Alabama are eligible to show. Youth are eligible to show from age eight (by September 1, 2015) through the senior year of high school.  (See specific category for additional information- rabbit, lamb and goats) Youth who have worked on a livestock project throughout the year may participate. All youth participants must be GCA & NRYO members. (Individual membership– $20.  Family Membership –$30).  All youth participants must be registered 4-H or FFA members and be in “good standing” with their respective organizations. Stay updated at our website or ask a 4-H agent about how you can get involved in showmanship and livestock demonstrations.

Each member will have an official membership card from their respective organization and show in the appropriate dress. All Animal entry fees (except Rabbit and Chickens) are $5.00. Rabbit and Chicken entry fees are $3.00.

Rules and more information can be found at

State Shooting Sports Competition

Escambia County 4-H Shooting Sports currently has programs in shotgun and archery. Youth participating in these project areas may compete at the state level competition, usually held in March, if they are a Junior (8, 9, 10 years old as of September 1, 2015), Intermediate (11, 12, 13 years old as of September 1, 2015) or Senior (14 -18 years old and older as of September 1, 2015)

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 Florida 4-H Archery Instructor. Contestants can enter as an individual and be on one team in the same division.  A team can be comprised of 3 or 4 shooters. However, the top 3 individuals’ scores in the 3 events will be added together for a team score. The team members must be identified in advance on the registration form. There must be at least 2 teams competing in a division for Team Awards.

More information can be found at

Tropicana Public Speaking Competition

The University of Florida/IFAS Escambia County 4-H invites all Escambia County schools (including homeschool programs) to participate in the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking School Enrichment Program for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. This free program has been active in our community for over 20 years and has helped to contribute to the leadership development of Escambia County youth through the support and influence of local educators.

The 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program meets Sunshine State Standards in Language Arts and Florida’s System of School Improvement and Accountability, Goal 3 and assists teachers in helping their students achieve required benchmarks that are assessed by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test and Florida Writes Test. The program is designed to give 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students experience in the preparation and delivery of a speech through a week long in classroom preparation followed by classroom, school, and county level competitions. The program is taught by classroom teachers and is incorporated into the established school curriculum.

Schools interested in participating should fill out the appropriate forms and return them to the 4-H office. More information can be found at

Consumer Judging Competition

Each year, Escambia County 4-H’ers are eligible to compete in the Consumer Judging Competition as part of the Pensacola Interstate Fair. Consumer Judging allows youth to learn the skill of making wise consumer choices by observing and comparing the benefits of various products by using facts to back up their decisions to purchase. The skill of making wise purchasing decisions helps youth learn to value and save money as well as to make educated decisions about the products they consume. Each year, Escambia County 4-H provides a Consumer Judging Training prior to the competition. Attendance at the training is required to participate in the competition.

More on Consumer Judging and Competition can be found at and

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