4-H Contests

Weber County 4-H offers many different contests each year. To participate in 4-H Contests all youth must be currently enrolled in 4-H. Each event will require pre-registration a week prior to the contest by calling the 4-H Office at 801-399-8202. Our 4-H staff tries to conduct the county contest as similar to the state contest as possible, utilizing the same rules, time allowances and judge’s sheets. However, limitations in facilities, scheduling, etc. may require some modifications to the contest at the county level.

County-Level Contests:



For each county contest, click on the contest link above for specific contest details. It will explain how the event will be conducted at the county level, provide judging sheets, etc.

  • Each county contestant will earn blue, red, or white ribbons based upon Danish system judging.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected in each grade division.

 

State Level Contests:



State guidelines may vary from the way the contest will be conducted at the county level. Only 4-H members in 9th-12th grade who qualify in the county contest are eligible to participate in state competition. As you prepare for state competition, refer to the state contest guidelines to get specific contest details.

National Level Contests:

For many of the state contest categories, there is national level competition at the Western National Roundup, held in Denver in January each year. The following contests have national-level opportunities: horse judging, horse bowl, livestock judging, livestock bowl, Family & Consumer Science Demo, 4-H public speaking, impromptu public speaking, consumer bowl, and fashion review. As you prepare for national competition, refer to the Western National Roundup site to get specific contest details. Our state events may have slightly different guidelines.

 

4-H Horse Tests

Before the start of a 4-H horse show, members participate in a written test. The questions for the test come from the following 4-H horse reference manuals.

Although youth participating in the show are required to complete a test, 4-H’ers who are not riding in the county show are also allowed to take the test. To be eligible to participate in the testing program, youth must be properly dressed and take the test at the same time as a youth riding in the show. The testing schedule each year is as follows:

Each member’s top three test scores are added to determine their total points. Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to the members with the highest scores in each grade division, along with an additional award for first place.

4-H Public Speaking

Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

4-H Public Speaking Description: Without any props, youth prepare and deliver a speech on the theme, "My 4-H Experience...A Pathway to the Future."

Time Limits:

  • Juniors and Intermediates: 3-5 minutes
  • Seniors: 6-8 minutes

Judging: Speeches are judged using these criteria.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.


Chef Extraordinaire

Dates: TBD

Location: Wahlquist Junior High, 2656 N. 2400 W., Farr West

Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 6th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individuals or teams of two. Teams must be made up of youth in the same grade division.

Registration Deadline:

Description: Youth plan, prepare and serve a nutritionally balanced dinner for four guests and a judge within a three-hour time limit. The recipes selected should not contribute excessive amounts of fat, sugar, or sodium. Special consideration will be given to those recipes that are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Contestants must clean up within the three-hour period.

Equipment: We will provide a microwave, stove/oven, sink, counter space and a table (for serving your guests). Contestants need to provide all their other supplies, including cleaning supplies.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Guidelines: For our county contest, you will be required to submit recipes and all forms at the time of registration (found in contest guidelines).

Judging: Contestants will be evaluated using the judging sheet found in the contest guidelines.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.


Demonstrations: "All 4-H Projects"

Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual or teams of two. To be eligible for state competition, all team members must be in 9th-12th grade.

Registration Deadline:

4-H Demos Description: Using posters, displays and other visual aids, youth prepare and deliver a presentation on any topic. Youth may choose to use either a demonstration format or an illustrated talk. In a demonstration format, the child shows or demonstrates the steps to make a final product. In an illustrated talk, the member provides information about a topic, without actually demonstrating how to make a product. Youth can give their demonstration on any 4-H project topic.

Time Limits:

  • Juniors and Intermediates: 5-10 minutes
  • Seniors: 10-15 minutes

Equipment: The following equipment will be provided. Youth will need to provide all other equipment.

  • Table
  • LCD projector and laptop (If youth plan to utilize the computer, they should bring their PowerPoint presentation on a flash drive.)
  • Extension cord
  • Floor easel

Resources:

  • VHS/DVD: Check out our 4-H demonstration video from the 4-H office

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red, or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.

Demonstration: Horse

Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual or teams of two. To be eligible for state competition, all team members must be in 9th-12th grade.

Registration Deadline:

Description: Using posters, displays and other visual aids, youth prepare and deliver a presentation on a horse-related topic. Youth may choose to use either a demonstration format or an illustrated talk. In a demonstration format, the child shows or demonstrates the steps to make a final product. In an illustrated talk, the member provides information about a topic, without actually demonstrating how to make a product.
Time Limits:

Juniors and Intermediates: No minimum (5-minute minimum is recommended); 10-minute maximum.
Seniors: 10-15 minutes

Contest Guidelines:

  1. The subject matter must pertain to the horse industry. Demonstrations or presentations not appropriately related to the horse industry can be disqualified at the discretion of the judge.
  2. Presentations may be either a demonstration or illustrated talk format.
  3. No live animals may be used.
  4. Contestants may use notes. However, excessive use of notes may be counted against the contestant. This will be at the discretion of the judge.
  5. A public address system will not be used in the contest.
  6. Creative audio-visual aids may be used, but the contestants must be involved in making or designing them.
  7. During the competition, the contestants may introduce themselves by name, state and presentation topic.
  8. Contestants should cite their major reference materials at the end of the presentation. This time will not be counted in the allotted time.
  9. Only the judge may ask questions of the contestant. Question time will not be counted in the allotted time. The contestant should repeat the question, then answer it.

Resources:

  • VHS/DVD: Check out our 4-H demonstration video from the 4-H office.

Judging Criteria: Demonstration is judged using this criteria.

Awards: Each youth receives a certificate and earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.

Fashion Revue Contest

Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade (as of September 1st) Cloverbud members age 5-7 are invited to model in the 4-H Fashion Review. Because Cloverbud members will not be judged, they do not need to submit their garment early.

Team or Individual: Individuals only

Registration Deadline:

4-H members submit their completed garment to be judged on construction, and then model their garment in a fashion show. Contestants will be judged on construction, personal presentation, and interview responses.

  • Contestants (including Cloverbuds) must submit commentary at the time of registration.
  • Contestants must submit completed garment to be judged on construction no later than March 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


Dress Code: Garments modeled need to comply with the Utah 4-H dress code.

Awards:

Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Judging: Youth will be evaluated based upon the following criteria.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.

Favorite Foods

Contest Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Youth can compete individually or in teams of two. To be eligible for state competition, all team members must be in 9th-12th grades.

Registration Deadline: Youth must submit their recipe at registration.

Contest Description: Contestants prepare their favorite foods dish at home. The dish can be an entrée, dessert, salad, snack, beverage, or appetizer. The contestant will bring the completed dish, set it up on an attractive place setting, interview with judges, and then the judges will sample the prepared dish.

  • For the presentation of the dish, the contestant will only be allowed to display: 1) the garnished finished product on its service dish with a utensil for serving the judges, 2) placemat, and 3) centerpiece. 4-H will provide paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils for the judges to taste the sample served by the contestant. The entire presentation should center around a theme.
  • The interview will take 2-3 minutes and will include questions about preparing the food, nutrition, and selection.
  • Youth must bring all the equipment they will need to ensure a safe food product (cooler for a cold dish, crock pot/warmer for a hot dish).
  • No food preparation tools or refrigeration will be available. All preparation needs to occur at home.
  • Senior contestants will ALSO give a 5-10 minute presentation to the judges.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn blue ribbons in county contests are invited to compete during State Contests.

Healthy Cuisine

Dates: TBD

Location: Wahlquist Junior High, 2656 N.. 2400 W., Farr West

Time: There will be three sessions held. The first session will begin at 4:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. The second session will begin at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. The third session will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. At registration, youth will specify which session they will attend. Limited slots are available for each session and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Youth may participate individually or in teams of two. Teams must be made up of youth in the same grade division. Youth that have not participated in this contest before are encouraged to work as a team for this contest. To be eligible for state competition, all team members must be in 9th-12th grades.

Registration Deadline: (Youth must submit Menu, Information & Recipe Form at time of registration.)

Description: Youth plan and prepare a nutritionally balanced, affordable meal for two judges. This is a timed, 1-hour contest with 45 minutes to cook the meal and 15 minutes to clean up.

Awards:

Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Judging: Contestants will be evaluated using the scorecard found in the contest guidelines.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.

Hippology



Date: TBD

Location: Kathy Borrett’s arena located at 1693 W 400 N, Marriott-Slaterville

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

Description: Hippology is a comprehensive event that involves judging, knowledge, and horsemanship skills. Contestants will participate in four different phases: examination, station, judging, and team problems.

Guidelines: Hippology contest guidelines can be found here.

Awards: Each youth receives a certificate and earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.

Horse Bowl Contests



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual competition only

Registration Deadline:

Description: Participants answer horse-related questions in a quiz bowl format. Questions will come from the following references:

  • Juniors: Horses and Horsemanship
  • Intermediates: Horses and Horsemanship; Horse Science
  • Seniors: Horses and Horsemanship; Horse Science; Illustrated Dictionary of Equine Terms

Guidelines: We will follow state guidelines for this event with the following exceptions:

  1. Youth will compete individually rather than in teams.
  2. Bonus questions will go to the individual youth who correctly answered the toss-up question that goes with the Bonus Question. The individual will earn the points if answered correctly.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: The four highest scoring 9th-12th grade (as of September 1st) youth plus one alternate will make up the team that represents Weber County in State Contests.

Horse Judging



Date: TBD

Location: Kathy Borrett’s arena located at 1693 W 400 N, Marriott-Slaterville

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

Description: Youth place halter and performance classes and give oral reasons to explain their placing.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system. Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: The top four 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) will be selected to represent Weber County during State Contests in July.

Horse Public Speaking



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

Horse Public Speaking Contest Description: Without any props, youth prepare and deliver a speech on any horse-related topic such as health issues, showing, horse industry concerns, ethics, etc.

Time Limits: Juniors & Intermediates: 3-5 minutes; Seniors: 7-10 minutes

Judging Criteria: Speeches are judged using this criteria.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.

Impromptu Public Speaking



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

Impromptu Public Speaking Contest Description: Rather than preparing a speech in advance, contestants pull a topic from a hat, have three minutes to organize their thoughts and give a 3-5 minute speech about the topic. Questions will be relative to today's youth and may include current events. Examples: What has being involved in 4-H taught me? Bullying in schools – what can be done?

Time Limits: 3-5 minutes

Judging Criteria: Speeches are judged using this criteria.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.

Livestock Bowl



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1s)

Team or Individual: Individual competition only

Registration Deadline:

Description: Participants answer questions about sheep, beef, and swine in a quiz bowl format. Questions will come from the Ohio State University reference manuals for sheep, beef, and swine (available from the 4-H office).

Guidelines: We will follow state guidelines for this event with the following exceptions:

  1. Youth will compete individually rather than in teams.
  2. Bonus questions will go to the individual youth who correctly answered the toss-up question that goes with the Bonus Question. The individual will earn the points if answered correctly.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system. Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below

Next Steps: The four highest-scoring 9th-12th grade (as of September 1st) youth plus one alternate will make up the team that represents Weber County in State Contests.

Livestock Judging



Date: TBD

Location: FFA Ag. Center, 4422 W. 2200 S. Taylor, UT

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)
Team or Individual: Individual only

Registration Deadline:

Description: Youth place classes of sheep, swine, and beef and give oral reasons to explain their placing.

Guidelines: The following guidelines will be used.

Awards: Each youth receives a certificate and earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: The top four 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) will be selected to represent Weber County during State Contests.

Shooting Sports



Contest Dates: TBD

Location: Cache Valley Public Shooting Range, 2851 W. 200 N., Logan

Time:

Eligibility: Currently enrolled Weber County 4-H Club members in grades 6-12 who have completed Hunter Education. Must bring Hunter Education blue card with you to the contest - no exceptions.

Team or Individual: Individuals only

Registration Deadline:

Events will include:

  • Orientation, Written Test
  • Range Events (Archery, .22, Shotgun)
  • Outdoor Skills

Rules: Each member, parent, and guest is responsible for reading and following the 4-H Shooting Sports rules and guidelines.

Equipment: Member must provide their equipment and ammunition.

Fee: Free to club members currently enrolled in a 4-H Shooting Sports Club; otherwise $10 per club member.

Dress Code: Collared shirt or 4-H club t-shirt with 4-H patch on left shoulder, navy blue or black pants, closed toed shoes. Ear protection & safety glasses required.

Awards:

A. Each contestant will earn blue, red or white ribbon honors for their participation in the county competition. Also, a certificate with appropriate colored stickers will be awarded.

B. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place individuals in the intermediate and senior division will be recognized for each of the following:

  1. .22 Rifle
  2. Shotgun
  3. Archery
  4. Outdoor Skills
  5. Test


C. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place overall intermediate and senior (combined score for all five areas) will be recognized.

Next Steps: The top four seniors in 9th-12th grades will be selected to compete in the State Contests.

Events & Scoring: All contestants will compete in Outdoor Skills and the Written Test. Additionally, youth may choose to compete in any of the following: Archery, Shotgun, and/or .22 Rifle.

  1. The following events will be conducted: Shotgun, .22 Rifle, Archery, Outdoor Skills, and Written Test.
  2. Total Combined Score will be based upon the following:
  • Archery – 300 points
  • .22 Rifle – 300 points
  • Shotgun – 300 points
  • Outdoor Skills – 100 points
  • Written Test – 100 points

       3. Proficiency in each event will be scored as follows:

  • Blue – 90%
  • Red – 75-89%
  • White – 74% and below

Outdoor Skills: Involves outdoor skills common to hunting, camping, survival, compass and map use, identifying safe backstops, and any of the items listed for the written test.

Written Test: Involves questions related to firearm safety, safety in the out-of-doors, shooting and hunting equipment, animal identification, and or hunting rules. The information included in the Utah Hunter Education Guide is typical of what may appear on the written test.

Smart Shopping Challenge



Dates: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 6th-12th grade (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individuals only

Registration Deadline:

Guidelines:

  • Participants will select an outfit, model the outfit for a set of judges, and share decisions made in the selection of the outfit.
  • Participants will consider three outfits and demonstrate decision-making skills in selecting the most suitable of the three.
  • Participants will complete (and submit at registration) a Consumer Comparison Worksheet (see criteria link) comparing the three outfits.
  • Clothing items may be purchased, altered, or part of an existing wardrobe. The purpose is to demonstrate knowledge of putting together a total outfit, including accessories.
  • Items may be purchased anywhere (i.e., department store, thrift store, consignment store, discount or outlet store, catalog, internet, etc.)
  • Participants may enter no more than one outfit to be judged.
  • Participants will model/present their outfit to the judges and then be seated for a five-minute interview by a set of judges.


Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system. Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Judging: Youth will be evaluated utilizing the following criteria.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.

Talent Contest



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade youth (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individuals or teams of two, three or four members.

Registration Deadline:

Description: Youth share a talent performance in the discipline of their choice such as vocal, drama, dance, instrumental, comedy, etc.

  • Maximum time per act is five minutes; no minimum time.
  • 4-H will provide the following: CD player, a microphone and mic stand, and an electric keyboard piano. All other equipment needed MUST be provided by the contestant.
  • Acts which require excessive setup will not be allowed.

Judging Forms: The following judging criteria will be utilized for the contest.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good ): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below

Next Steps: County youth age 14-18 (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest will be invited to compete during State Contests.

World of Work



Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: By appointment (4:00-6:30 p.m.); appointments scheduled every 15 minutes. Arrive promptly and be ready at your assigned appointment time. Youth submit a job description & application from an actual job you're qualified for, along with your resume, at the time of registration.

Eligibility: 8th-12th grade (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: Individual competition only

Registration Deadline:

Description & Guidelines: Youth prepare a resume, complete an application, and participate in a 10-minute interview to evaluate their job readiness and interview skills. Contestants should treat this contest as if they were going through a job interview process.

Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon or certificate based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Guidelines: For the county contest, youth will submit a job description, application and resume at the time of registration.

Resources: Review the following videos for examples.

Score Sheet: Youth will be evaluated based upon the following criteria.

Next Steps: 9th-12th grade youth (as of September 1st) that earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests.

Cosplay



Description: Contestants are to develop a cosplay outfit to show off their costume to the judges. "Cosplay" is a contraction of the words costume play. It is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Each contestant or team will model their costumes as well as given an oral presentation. Ability to "be in character" is key. Click here for contest deals and score card.

Date: TBD

Location: Weber County 4-H Office

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Eligibility: 3rd-12th grade (as of September 1st)

Team or Individual: May enter as an individual or team of up to five members (must be in same age division). To be eligible for state competition, all team members must be in 9th-12th grades.

Registration Deadline:

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Contestants must submit a photo and short description of the character they are trying to replicate upon registration. Include name and character name.
  2. Contestants will have up to five minutes to model including an oral presentation.
  3. Judge's will ask one question at the conclusion of the modeling and oral presentation.
  4. The costume must be the work of the 4-H member or team.
  5. All costumes must be 4-H appropriate. All costumes must be non-offensive. Offensive costumes are those that are immodest, include religious or political statements, or promote sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or swearing.
  6. No real or fake weapons are permitted as part of the costume. Weapons used for decoration are not permitted.


Awards: Each youth earns a blue, red or white ribbon or certificate based on the Danish judging system: Blue (excellent): 90-100, Red (good): 75-89, White (fair): 74 and below.

Next Steps: Youth age 14-18 (as of September 1st) which earn a blue ribbon in the county contest are invited to compete in State Contests in July.