MONTANA 4-HSTATE CONTESTS
MONTANA 4-H CONGRESS CONTESTS
State contests are designed to provide educational and state level competitive events to Montana 4-H'ers age 14 years and older. Most state contests take place and are recognized at Montana 4-H Congress each year. The following contest will take placeThursday July 13, 2017in conjunction with Montana 4-H Congress. Please review the contest guidelines for individual contest scoring and information.
OTHER STATE LEVEL CONTESTSMeats Judging Contesttakes place each year during KMON Events in Great falls each January. Contact MSU Cascade County Extension Office for details.The Montana 4-H State Shoot(early March) serves as the state level competition and qualifying events for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament.
4-H DEMONSTRATED OR ILLUSTRATED TALK CONTEST
Through a demonstration or illustratedtalk,Montana 4‐Hmemberswill presentpreviously gained knowledgeby using the“show andtell”methodtoteachskillstheypossess toanaudience.
An Illustrated Talk:
Is talking.Is telling “how,” using visual aids.Uses charts, posters, photos, computer programs, slides, pictures, models or cut-outsEach presentation should have clearly identifiable sections including an introduction, main body, and conclusion.
Is doing.Is showing how. As you show how, you tell how.Is where you make something or do something.Is creating a final product.
4-H STIR-UPS:Food& Nutrition Contest
Contest participants prepare an appealing, nutritious meal that can be prepared easily by using common ingredients available in many homes. Each year the contest highlights a theme such as pizza or soup, requiring participants to prepare a dish using a pre-set list of ingredients. Dishes should be prepared using food safe techniques and reflect creative use of ingredients. The presentation should exhibit knowledge of the foods prepared and excellent public speaking and use of visual aid skills.
4-H GAVEL GAMES:ParliamentaryProcedure Contest
ThroughGavelGames,Montana4‐Hmembersshow theirknowledgeof parliamentary procedurebyactingasofficersandmembersfora model4‐Hbusinessmeeting.
4-H HORSE SKILL-A-THON CONTEST
Horse Skill‐A‐Thon is an activity that can make learning funfor 4‐Hmembers, by letting themexhibit theirhorse knowledge in a friendly but competitive setting. You can use Horse Skill‐A‐ Thon atyour regular4‐H meetings as a great learning tool.
4-H FASHION REVUE CONTEST
TRADITIONAL:At least one clothing item newly constructed and worn by contestant. Multiple clothing items constructed to make a complete outfit are encouraged.REFASHIONED:Atleast one clothing item that has been repurposed into a significantly different wearable garment or look. A photograph of the original clothing item is required to be brought to the judging.
The State Fashion Revue is an educational component of the 4‐H sewing and textiles program. It emphasizes skill development in selecting, constructing, accessorizing, and modelling of a garment or garments. Additional skills developed through the Fashion Revue are leadership, self‐confidence, poise, good posture, good grooming, and planning.
4-H HORSE JUDGING CONTEST
To provide an opportunity for all youth enrolled in 4‐H horse projects to demonstrate theskills theyhave developed in visually evaluating horses at halter and in performance classes.In addition, youth will demonstrate their knowledge of equine‐related equipment andsubject matterin a competitivesetting.
4-H PUBLIC SPEAKING:Prepared Speech
Participants presenta5-7 prepared speech. Talks are originalmaterial prepared by the contestant.Thespeaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue ortopic of their choosing.
The purpose of this contest is to encourage participants to give a speech in which they seek out accurate information, organize it into a useful format, and competently present the information.
4-H LIVESTOCK EVALUATION CONTSET
Participants are provided an opportunity toevaluatelivestock, determine placings and deliver oral reasons.Classesmay include:Upto 4 BeefClassesUpto 4 SwineClassesUpto 4 SheepClasses2 classes ofmarket/breeding meat goats6ReasonsClassesThe contest maximizes the youthlivestocklearningexperience as well as public speaking skills.
The Quilt Contest is an educational component of the 4‐H Clothing and Textiles program.It demonstratesthe application of the principles of design and an understanding of thetechniques requiredto construct a quilt or other quilted item.
New in 2016CAREER COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST
To allow 4-H members to learn skills related to careers, including research, application, resume writing and interviewing.Completethe provided job applicationDevelop a cover letter and résuméParticipate in a jobinterview
To allow 4-H members to learn communication skills through preparing and presenting a video, as well as answering questions from the audience.Allvideography and editing done by contestants.Followscopyright laws regarding music, still images, clip art, etc.Includescontestant’s choice of music and video production techniques.Formatmay include video footage, still photography, computer animation, stop motion, etc.
Don’t miss your chance to compete in state contests.Make sure you know your county contest deadlines in order to earn your eligibility.2017 State Contests held during Montana 4-H Congress will be Thursday July 13th.