Presentation Contest

4-H Communications Event

Illustrated Presentation Contest and Video Communication Contest

Dawson County Extension Office Meeting Room

April 15, 2024

March 22 – Communication Event entry card due

 April 12 – Presentation & Video Equipment Practice, Dawson County Extension Office. Schedule time with Extension Office 324-5501.

April 15 – 5:30 p.m. 4-H Communications Event Contest, Dawson County Extension Office

Youth must be currently enrolled in 4-H to participate in the Communication Event. 4-H’ers can compete in the Illustrated Presentation Contest and Video Communication Contest. An entry card must be returned to the Extension Office by March 22nd. The program and schedule will be prepared and printed after the entry deadline and sent to the participating 4-H members.

Age Divisions:              Junior: ages 8-10 as of January 1 of the current year

Intermediate: ages 11 - 13 as of January 1 of the current year  

Senior: ages 14-18 as of January 1 of the current year

                                                                 Illustrated Presentation Contest

An Illustrated Presentation is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. The judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question-and-answer session following the presentation.


  • Length: Junior Division Individual: 3-5 minutes, Team: 5-7 minutes; Intermediate and Senior Division Individual: 6-8 minutes; Team: 8-10 minutes. At State Contest, participants will be penalized if their presentation exceeds the time limit.
  • An Illustrated Presentation may be given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals. Team members will each receive the premium earned.
  • All presentation topics should be related to what the 4-H youth is learning through 4-H educational experiences. Enrollment in the project area in which the participant is making a presentation is not required.
  • Presentations should include an introduction (the "why" portion of the topic), a body (the "show and tell" portion of the topic), and a conclusion/summary (the "what" portion of the topic). 
  • Participants must provide all equipment necessary for their presentation. 4-H’ers are to set up supplies for presentations in the conference room on tables provided, then move supplies to the contest room within a 4-minute period. Presenters are expected to clean up the areas in which they work.
  • Equipment provided includes two (2) tables, one (1) easel, PC compatible computer (including Microsoft PowerPoint), and a LCD projector.
  • Presenters using computer-based visuals should bring files on a USB drive that is PC formatted. Participants may also provide their own computer or other equipment as needed; however, participants must be able to connect their computers to an HDMI cord. 
  • The judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question-and-answer session following the presentation. The basis for judging will be skill, teamwork, and result procured.
  • Live animals may be used in the presentation. Presenters are responsible for all stalling arrangements, care, and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present.
  • If a 4-H’er, 10 years of age and older as of January 1, will not be in the county on the date set for the contest, they must have permission from the Extension Educator, be preregistered and listed on the schedule to video tape their presentation to qualify for State Fair competition. Guidelines are:  must be done prior to contest; must furnish video camera and camera person; needs to be on flash drive; only one taping allowed; and must have extension staff present.
  • 4-H’ers, parents, leaders, etc. are not to visit with the judge about presentations until the results are announced.

                                                                    Video Communication Contest

 The Video Communication Contest allows youth to create a multimedia video around a theme related to 4-H. The Judge will be evaluating both the organization of information as well as the audio and video production.


  • Length: 60-90 seconds
  • Only individuals may compete in this class; no team entries are allowed. 
  • Youth may use a phone, laptop, or tablet to create a multimedia piece around the theme: “4-H is a Feeling.”
  • Sound effects, public domain music and graphics can be used. Copyrighted materials may not be used. 
  • The multimedia video must be done as an MP4 file and brought to contest on a flash drive
  • Examples of 2023 State Video Communications Entries are available at:

 All participants will receive ribbons and premium money. The Dawson County Bankers will also award $10.00 to each 4-H’er in the county contest.

Dawson County Farm Bureau will provide a plaque to be exhibited in the 4-H Building to the top Agriculture and top Home Economics 4-H Club at the Contest. The club is to be selected from their individual or team demonstrations based on Purple-4 points; Blue-3 points; Red-2 points; White-1 point. 4-H members listed on the individual club enrollment sheet will constitute the club. Ties will be broken with the club which has the most purple or blue ribbons.

 State Premier Communication Event - June 17 & 18, 2024, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus, Lincoln, NE.

  • Monday June 17, 2024 – Illustrated Presentation and Impromptu Speech
  • Tuesday June 18, 2024 – Prepared Speech, Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA), and Video Communication

 Youth must receive a purple ribbon at the county contest and be selected to participate in the State Premier Communication Event.  Counties may select up to five (5) contestants in Junior, Intermediate and Senior Illustrated Presentation Divisions, and Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Video Communication Divisions.


RETURN CARD BY March 22, 2024


(    )  Illustrated Presentation                                (    )  Video Communication

____ Junior Division (8-10)        ____ Intermediate Division (11-13)        ____ Senior Division (14-18)

Presentation or Video Title _____________________________________________________________

Subject ____________________________________________________________________________

4-H’er _________________________________________________            Age* _____________

Street/Road __________________________________ Town & Zip _________________

4-H’er _________________________________________________            Age* _____________

Street/Road __________________________________ Town & Zip _________________

* As of January 1, 2024

4-H Club________________________________________________________________________

                                     (The club listed will be used to determine the plaque points)


Illustrated Presentation and Video Communication need separate entry cards with titles