Public Speaking Contest (Speech/PSA)

The Public Speaking Contest takes place every year in the spring and consists of a Speech and PSA division.  Youth that are nominated by the judge in this contest have the opportunity to advance on to the state contest. Youth can participate in the ppeech contest by preparing a speech at an appropriate length for their age level:

  • Novice (10 and under) 4-Her has never competed in a speech contest before.  May recite a poem, read or tell a story.  Speech must be under 3 minutes in length.  
  • Junior (8-9) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H.  Under 3 minutes in length.
  • Intermediate (10-13) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H.  3-5 minutes in length.
  • Senior (14 & older) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H.  5-8 minutes in length.

For the PSA division of Public Speaking contest, 4-Hers must create and present a 60 second PSA. The state theme for the 2021 Public Service Announcement (PSA) is "Opportunity 4 All" (NEW in 2021). All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: “Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H youth development program at 4h.unl.edu”. The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.  Sound effects and public domain may be used, however, copyrighted materials may not be used.  All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter.  Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by state or national staff.  No teams.  Radio PSA's must be submitted on a CD or electronically as a .wav or .mp3 format along with 3 copies of the PSA text.  Age divisions are as follows:

  • Junior (9 & Under)
  • Intermediate (10 - 13)
  • Senior (14 & older)

If you're interested in participating in this contest, you must register by the entry date. Contact the extension office for more details.

4-H Presentations & FilmFest Contest

  • 4-H Presentation topics should be related to how the 4-H youth is learning about science, healthy living, citizenship, and agriculture literacy through 4-H.  They should include an introduction (the 'why' portion of the topic), a body (the 'show and tell' portion of the topics), and a conclusion/summary (the 'what' portion of the topic).  Presentations can use visuals, including computer-based visuals.  Participants will need to provide their own computer and a cable to connect the computer to the projector.  Check with the Extension Office for more information.
  • The Nebraska 4-H FilmFest is the display of digital videos that show the recording, reproducing, and broadcasting of moving visual images.  Educational resources for the 4-H FilmFest can be found at the Extension Office.

If you're interested in participating in the 4-H Presentations Contest or FilmFest, you must pre-register by your county's pre-entry deadline.

Music & Performing Arts Contest

4-H Performing Arts Contest Registration form
The Music/Performing Arts Contest takes place during the Public Fashion Show - prior to the County Fair.  During the contest, 4-Hers are judged on their ability to sing, dance, play an instrument, or otherwise perform in front of a live audience.  Classes for this event can be found in the fairbook, but include:  drill or dance routine, vocal solo, vocal duet, vocal group, instrumental solo, instrumental duet, instrumental group, other performing arts, and intergenerational.  Participants in the contest have a time limite of 6 minutes where they can perform any number of songs during that time.

If you're interested in participating in the Music/Performing Arts Contest, you must pre-register before your county's pre-entry deadline and submit the form linked above to the office along with a copy of the music.

Fashion Show

Any youth enrolled in one of the Clothing projects listed above is eligible to participate in the 4-H Fashion Show.  To register, a narration form must be filled out and mailed/brought in to the Extension Office by the pre-entry deadline.  Youth may model as many garments as they would like, however, ONE narration equals ONE ribbon.  For example, if Lilly makes a shirt and a pair of shorts and models them together, she will only receive one ribbon, but if she would model her shirt with a pair of jeans, and her pair of shorts with a t-shirt, she would get two ribbons.

Fashion Show Narration Form
Shopping In Style Written Report & Narration Form

Ice Cream Contest

The 4-H Ice Cream Contest is open to all 4-H members.  Entries must be a team consisting of at least one 4-H member, the second team member may be anopther 4-Her, brother, sister, grandparent, etc.  Participants must use the official 4-H Ice Cream Recipe.  Tin cans or ice cream balls may be used and Clover Kids may use bags.

4-H Ice Cream Recipe & Scorecard
Clover Kid Ice Cream Recipe

Poultry Judging

Inquire at the Extension Office for more information regarding this contest.

Livestock Judging

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Horse Judging

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Broiler Contest

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PASE

Inquire at the Extension Office for more information regarding this state contest.