Communications Event Information

The 2024 Fillmore County Communications Event will be held Sunday, April 28th starting at 4:30 p.m.

By April 19th: Youth must be enrolled in 4HOnline and registration must be completed.

By April 26th: All multimedia components must be sent to Alexis at

To sign-up click here.


Fair Book Rules and Guidelines


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1.Youth must be currently enrolled in 4-H to participate in the Premier Communication Event. 

2.Prepared SpeechRadio Public Service Announcement (PSA), and Illustrated Presentation contest classes:

  • Youth must receive a purple ribbon at their County Contest and be selected to participate in the Premier Communication Event in these classes.
  • Counties may select up to five (5) contestants in each age division.

3.Impromptu Speech and Video Communication:

  • Open to all youth enrolled in 4-H.

4.If eligible, youth may participate in all contest classes.

5.Pre-registration is required for all participants and is completed by local Extension offices. There is a $10 fee per entry for the Prepared Speech, Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA), Illustrated Presentation, and Impromptu Speech Contest; there is no entry fee for the Video Communication Contest.



The Prepared Speech contest provides youth the opportunity to write and prepare a speech on a topic related to their 4-H experience.  The judge will view the speech and evaluate based on the subject, organization, and delivery of the speech.

*Classes marked with an asterisk (*) are not eligible for State Fair.



  • Junior Division (ages 8-10): 2-3 minutes
  • Intermediate Division (ages 11-13): 3-5 minutes
  • Senior Division (ages 14-18): 5-8 minutes
    • For Senior Division only, judges will deduct three points from the score for every 30 seconds under or over the time limit.

2.Only individuals may compete in this class; no team entries are allowed.

3.All speeches must be original and include 4-H as the major component of the speech.

4.4-H public speakers may not use the old speech written by a sibling, another 4-H member, or anyone else.

5.Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source.

6.The use of visual aids and props is not allowed.

Dress appropriately. Do not wear costumes or special effects clothing.



1   *Clover Kid (5-7): Time limit is under 2 minutes.  Can be a speech, poem or story.  Does not have to be about 4-H.

2   *Novice (10 and under): Never competed in a speech contest before (excluding Clover Kid category).  Have the option to read a poem, use a book or read from a script. Regardless of what the speaker chooses, an introduction or some connection to 4-H is strongly encouraged. Time limit is under 3 minutes. (Not eligible for Premier Communications Event).

3   Junior (8-10): Time limit is under 3 minutes.

4   Intermediate (ages 11-13): Time limit 3-5 minutes.

5   Senior (ages 14-18): Time limit 5-8 minutes. 



The Radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) contest challenges youth to write and record a 60-second promotional audio recording focused on a yearly theme that could be played on the radio to promote the work of Nebraska 4-H. Youth are judged on their overall organization and delivery of the PSA.

1.Length: 60 seconds

2.Only individuals may compete in this class; no team entries are allowed.

3.Youth will prepare a PSA around the theme: 4-H is a Feeling

4.All radio PSA's must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year.

5.All 4-H PSA's must include the following tagline within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at" The tagline is included in the 60-second time limit.

6.Sound effects and public-domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used.

7.All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.

8.PSA entries will be submitted electronically in a .wav or .mp3 audio format along with the registration form.

                  County PSA’s must be emailed to by April 26th at 5:00 p.m.. Failure to do this will result in one dropped ribbon placing.

*1. Clover Kids (ages 5-7)

2. Junior (ages 8-10)

3. Intermediate (ages 11-13)

4. Senior (ages 14-18)



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.



  • Individual - Junior Division: 3-5 minutes
  • Individual - Intermediate and Senior Divisions: 6-8 minutes
  • Team - Junior Division: 5-7 minutes
  • Team - Intermediate and Senior Divisions: 8-10 minutes
  • Participants will be penalized if their presentation exceeds the time limit

2.An Illustrated Presentation may be given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals. If team members are not in the same age division, they must compete in the age division of the oldest team member. 

3.All presentation topics should be related to what the 4-H youth is learning through 4-H educational experiences.

4.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). 

5.The check-in area will contain temporary storage space for presentation supplies. Only presenters and contest officials will be permitted in the designated preparation areas; no relatives or friends, please. Presenters are expected to clean up the areas in which they work. 

6.Equipment provided includes two (2) tables, one (1) easel, PC compatible computer (including Microsoft PowerPoint) with a WiFi internet connection, and a projector or television screen.

If using provided computer for presentation the presentation file (PowerPoint, Canva, etc.) must be sent by April 26th at 5:00 p.m. to for the county contest.

7.Presenters using computer-based visuals may 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. 

8. Change for 2024: Due to event location, live animals will not be able to be used in the presentation. Alternative ways of showing information about live animals (models, videos, photos, etc.) are encouraged.

*1. Clover Kids (ages 5-7)

2.Junior (ages 8-10)

3.Intermediate (ages 11-13)

4.Senior (ages 14-18)


The Impromptu Speech competition gives youth the opportunity to write and present a speech around a 4-H-related topic that they select during the competition, where they are given 15 minutes to develop and prepare for their presentation. Judges evaluate the subject, organization, and delivery of the speech.



  • Junior Division (ages 8-10): 1 1/2 minutes
  • Intermediate Division (ages 11-13): 3 minutes
  • Senior Division (ages 14-18): 5 minutes

2.Only individuals may compete in this class; no team entries are allowed.

3.On the day of the contest, participants will have a topic randomly selected for them. Youth will have no more than 15 minutes to develop a speech on the selected topic. Participants will then deliver the speech to judges and audience members. 

4.Example topic: My Day in 4-H 


The video communication contest allows youth to create a multi-media video around a theme related to 4-H. Judges will be evaluating on both the organization of information as well as the audio and video production.


1.Length: 60-90 seconds

2.Only individuals may compete in this class; no team entries are allowed. 

3.Youth may use a phone, laptop, or tablet to create a multi-media piece around the theme: 4-H is a Feeling

4.Sound effects, public-domain music, and graphics can be used. Copyrighted materials may not be used. 

5.Videos will be submitted electronically as MP4 files along with the registration form.

                  The videos must be emailed to by April 26th at 5:00 p.m. the county contest. Failure to do this will result in one dropped ribbon placing

6.Age Divisions:

Junior Division (ages 8-10)

Intermediate Division (ages 11-13): 3 minutes

Senior Division (ages 14-18): 5 minutes