Beaver County Extension

4-H Contests

4-H Fashion Revue
Level 1 (9-10 yrs as of age Jan 1), Level 2 (11-12 yrs of age as of Jan 1), Level 3 (13-14 yrs of age as of Jan 1) and Level 4 (15 & over as of Jan 1). 4-H members construct sewn items to be judged on construction prior to contest and during the modeling portion of the contest. Each age division of 4-H work has specific items and sewing techniques. Guidelines for these items and sewing techniques are available at the OSU Extension Center. The purpose of the contest is to have the opportunity to judge the construction skills of the 4-H member. Fit, color, selection, and texture are also considered of the modeled garment. Date for the contest is determined at the annual calendar planning meeting in July or August. 4-H members may enter garments listed for their age division. No garment can be entered by the 4-H member that was not constructed by that 4-H member. First, second, & third is determined on each article of clothing within each class of each age division. If a class has more than 3 entries, entries not placing first thru third will receive a blue or red award. There will be an overall Champion and Reserve Champion in the of the Levels (1, 2, 3 & 4).
4-H Impressive Dress
Divisions as of September 1, 2017: Junior (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th Grades), Intermediate (6th-8th Grades) & Senior (9th-12th Grades). Each division will have the following classes: Casual Wear-Garments to wear to school, fairs, rodeos, dates, spectator sports, shopping etc; Active Sportswear - For Playing tennis, skiing, jogging, rodeo contests, etc; Dress Wear - For church, attending weddings, special dates, etc; and Formal Wear– Garments for prom, ect. Impressive Dress is for 4-H’ers to learn to select fashionable garments suitable for specific occasions. Outfits should meet the guidelines of the classes: Casual Wear, Active Sportswear, Dress Wear & Formal Wear. Garments may be purchased or sewn. Participants will be expected to model and give a short oral presentation on their outfit as they describe the following: Who they are; Things they do in their outfit; How their outfit fits into their wardrobe; How their outfit makes them feel; Characteristics & care of fabric of outfit; and Why they like this outfit. Participants will be judged on how well the outfit looks and fits and on the participant’s oral presentation.
FCS Sewing & Clothing ID Skill-A-Thon
This is a new and FUN contest for Beaver County to be held in conjunction to the 4-H Fashion Revue, Impressive Dress Contests and at the Beaver County Fair in September. It is a Skill-A-Thon contest on Sewing & Clothing ID. Participants will be given a sheet with a list of the following category items: 8 Fabrics, 8 Trims & Fasteners, 8 Sewing Techniques, and 34 Sewing Tools. Twenty-five of the above items will be provided from the list. Participants will write the number of the item in the blank for what that item represents. Correct answers are worth 1 point each for up to 25 points. 1st—3rd placing will be given in each of the following divisions: Junior (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th Grades as of September 1, 2017), Intermediate (6th-8th Grades as of September 1, 2017), and Senior (9th-12th Grades as of September 1, 2017).
FCS Foods & Cooking ID Skill-A-Thon
This is a new and FUN contest for Beaver County to be held in conjunction with the Beaver County 4-H Food Show on December 2, 2017. It is a Skill-A-Thon contest on Foods & Cooking ID. Participants will be given a sheet with a list of the following category items: 50 Utensils, 28 Herbs & Spices, 12 Appliances, 20 Cookware and 14 Dish & Tableware. Twenty-five of the above items will be provided from the list. Participants will write the number of the item in the blank for what that item represents. Correct answers are worth 1 point each for up to 25 points. 1st—3rd placing will be given in each of the following divisions: Cloverbud (5-8 yrs old), Juniors (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th Grades as of September 1, 2017), Intermediate (6th-8th grades as of September 1, 2017), and Seniors (9th-12th grades as of September 1, 2017).
FCS Interior Design & Housing ID Skill-A-Thon
This is a new and FUN contest for Beaver County to be held in at the Beaver County Fair in September. It is a Skill-A-Thon contest on Interior Design & Housing ID. Participants will be given a sheet with a list of the following category items: 14 Curtain & Window Treatments, 7 Windows, 8 Carpets, 10 Materials, 5 Decorative Woods, 6 Tools, 6 Painting Accessories and 8 Faux Finishes/Techniques. Twenty-five of the above items will be provided from the list. Participants will write the number of the item in the blank for what that item represents. Correct answers are worth 1 point each for up to 25 points. 1st—3rd placing will be given in each of the following divisions: Junior (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th Grades as of September 1, 2017), Intermediate (6th-8th Grades as of September 1, 2017), and Senior (9th-12th Grades as of September 1, 2017).
4-H Share-The-Fun Contest
Share-the-Fun provides the opportunity for 4-H members to have fun. It is an opportunity for 4-H members to perform in front of an audience and to interact with other 4-H members in a fun situation. Acts may be performed by an individual, small group (2 to 4 members) or a large group. The county Share-the-Fun is usually held in late October or November. The District Share-the-Fun will be held each year at a different location usually the first Saturday in December. Individual and group acts will need to pre-register their acts through the OSU Extension Office. Acts will perform in the order as signed in. The top two group acts and the top individual act will represent the county at the District Share-the-Fun. It is requested that all acts inform the Extension Office by pre-registration deadline with the names of the 4-H members in the act. Each act will have a total of 10 minutes from start to finish with a maximum of 6 minutes for the presentation.
4-H Food Show
4-H members have the opportunity to participate in the annual 4-H Food Show. This contest is directly related to the food nutrition project. 4-H members prepare dishes to be judged. The purpose of the contest is to have the opportunity to judge the preparation skills of the 4-H member. Date for the contest is determined at the annual calendar planning meeting in July or August. Exhibitors must be enrolled in Beaver County 4-H. Food is to be placed on a sturdy disposable plate. Enclose food and plate in a plastic bag. Name must be on bottom side of plate. No mixes expect where specified. Food will be judged on taste and food appearance. Age divisions are: Cloverbuds (5-8), Juniors (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th grades as of September 1, 2017), Intermediate (6th-8th grades as of September 1, 2017), and Seniors (9th-12th grades as September 1, 2017). For complete list of classes contact the Extension Office. 4-H members should consider the appearance and taste of items entered in the Food Show. A Foods and Cooking ID Skill-A-Thon Contest, Group Contest, and Community Service Project will be held during the Food Show. Beaver County OHCE furnishes awards for the Food Show.
4-H Speech Contest
4-H members are provided the opportunity to participate in the County 4-H Speech Contest. 4-H members can present a Prepared Public Speech, Illustrated Talk, PowerPoint Presentation, Impromptu, and/or Video Presentation. The county 4-H Speech Contest will be held each year. Date is determined at the annual calendar planning meeting in either July or August of each year. Dates will be advertised in the monthly 4-H Newsletter. 4-H member must complete an entry form the day of the contest. Entry forms will be available at the registration table. There will be three age divisions in each of the five main categories: Junior (3rd grade (8 yrs old), 4th & 5th grades as of September 1) and Intermediate 4-H member's(6th-8th grades as of September 1) and Senior (9th-12th grades as of September 1). Champion and Reserve Champion will be determined for each age group and category. All speeches will receive either a blue or red ribbon. Speeches should be memorized and not read. Speeches that are mostly read will receive a red ribbon and need to be improved on before being presented again some other time. If a red ribbon is received, the 4-Her cannot receive champion or reserve. Time length varies according to age division and category selected. Speeches that do not fall within the prescribed time limits will receive fewer points according to their time. Check with Beaver Extension Office on time lengths. Grab Bag Impromptu Contest Rules - An oral presentation in which the member draws a slip of paper with an item listed; the item is given to the member to use for their topic. Members are given 2 minutes to prepare their sales pitch for the item to market it to the judge. Suggested time limits: Junior: 1-3 minutes; Intermediate: 3-5 minutes; and Senior: 4-6 minutes.
4-H Demonstration Contest
4-H members are provided the opportunity to participate in the County 4-H Demonstration Contest. 4-H members must complete an entry form the day of the contest. Entry forms will be available at the registration table. Junior 4-H demonstrations must be 3-7 minutes in length, Intermediate and Senior 7-12 minutes with all concluding with a finished product. Any 4-H project area is suitable for your demonstration. Video category may be added by approval by 4-H Leaders’ Council. Date is determined at the annual calendar planning meeting in either July or August of each year. Dates will be advertised in the monthly 4-H Newsletter. There will be three age divisions. Junior (3rd (8 yrs old), 4th-5th grades as of September 1), Intermediate (6th-8th grades as of September 1), and Senior (9th-12th grades as of September 1). Champion and Reserve Champion will be determined for each age division. All demonstrations will receive either a blue ribbon or red ribbon for competing. Most judges feel it helps to have posters to go along with the demonstration. Judges like to see no note cards used. Memorized demonstrations that have been practiced usually do very well. Demonstrations not within the designated time limit will be deducted 1 point for each 15 seconds over or under time.
4-H Ag Veterinary Science Skill-A-Thon
This is a simple Skill-A-Thon Contest on Ag Veterinary Science. Participants will be given a list of the following 6 Veterinary Care Scenarios: Syringes, Halters, Teeth Care, Basics of Feeding, Nutrition, and Special Needs. Of these scenarios, 18 questions will be provided of which some will be hands-on multiple choice. 1st—3rd places will be given in each of the age divisions as of January 1st: Beginner (9-11), Intermediate (12-14), & Advanced (15-18).
4-H Job Readiness
Job Readiness Event Guidelines: Job Readiness is an individual event which recognizes members who communicate a personal understanding of and ability to perform specific job requirements. All members will compete through written materials and a job interview.  Age Categories - Intermediate (ages 12-14) & Advanced (ages 15 & over). Job Categories - Individuals may choose one of the three following categories: Services - Could include full service restaurants, fast food stores, employment at a day care center, automotive service/repair, farm/ranch workers, contractor/construction worker, photography, cosmetologists, etc.; Home Based Business - Could include babysitting (for an individual), housekeeping, catering services, lawn care and maintenance, home repair/maintenance, custom sewing, pet care, word processing, special occasion photography, etc.; Retail/Office - Could include any retail store (discount, department, specialty, farm supply, garden/nursery, book store) or office-type work (including clerical, filing, and receptionist). Criteria for Evaluation - All participants will be evaluated on: An information folder, which includes a resume, a job description sheet, a letter of application OR home based business flyer and a completed job application form. All materials will be completed by the participant prior to the event. The information folder will be turned in during the day of the contest. An interview will be conducted during the contest. A follow-up letter will be completed immediately after the interview.
4-H Video Contest
The 4-H Video Contest is a separate contest from the 4-H Speech Contest. Videos will be due to Extension Office prior to Speech and Demonstration Contests. Ribbons for the Video Presentation Contest will be presented at the same time as the ribbons for the 4-H Speech & Demonstration Contests. Video submissions will be judged based on the following criteria: Content –25% (Script, creativity & coherence); Quality of Production—25% (Visual aesthetics, cinematography, & adherence to time limit); Technical Skill—25% (Camera operation & video editing); and Final Product—25% (Cohesiveness; overall creativity, accuracy of information & video quality). Time lengths for Video Presentations are: Junior—3-5 minutes, Intermediate—5-7 minutes, and Senior—5-7 minutes.
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