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4-H Presentations: Information Guide

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Public speaking is an essential life skill that is critical to our workforce today. Start polishing those public speaking skills early by participating in 4-H presentations!

What is a 4-H Presentation?

4-H Presentations are 5-12 minutes long and either is a demonstration or an illustrated talks. This means that you are either demonstrating how to do something or you are talking about a topic of interest and using props to add value to your presentation. There are 32 different categories you can choose from to compete. Youth ages 5-7 (as of January 1 of the current year) are Cloverbuds and do not compete, but are allowed to participate with a presentation of any time length.

How to put together a 4-H Presentation

Check out these videos below which talk about putting together a 4-H presentation and include a sample presentation from a competition!

2023 Competition Details

All participants must register by Tuesday, May 30th at noon with the intent that they are putting together a presentation this year and the category that they are wanting to compete with. We can only take two youth per age group (8-10, 11-13, 14-18) and category for the district competition.

If you are the third person in an age group and category, we will work with you to find another category so that you can still participate in the district competition.

All details for the 4-H Presentations Competition can be found in the 2023 NC 4-H Awards Handbook.

Registration Link via Eventbrite

County Presentation Showcase

Date: Thursday, June 8th, 2023

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Location:N.C. Cooperative Extension,Haywood County Center; 589 Raccoon Rd., Waynesville

Other Details: A light supper will be served | AV equipment (laptop, projector) will be provided

District Activity Day (Presentation Competition)

Date: Friday, June 16th, 2023


Location: Rutherford County (transportation will be on your own)

Other Details: Gold winners (ages 8-10) and Gold and Silver winners (ages 11-13, 14-18) are eligible to compete in the state competition

State 4-H Presentations Competition

Date: Saturday, July 22nd, 2023


Location: North Carolina State University; Raleigh, NC (transportation will be on your own)