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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 http://florida4h.org/programs_/. Curriculum and record books for these projects can be found at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/2015/09/25/4-h-project-curriculum/. 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 http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/sharethefun/

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.

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 http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/2015/09/22/4-h-tropicana-public-speaking-program/.

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

Learn more at http://4huniversity.com/ and  http://florida4h.org/programsandevents_/4hu/.

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 http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/4h/2015/09/22/4-h-tropicana-public-speaking-program/.

 

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