4H Contest Opportunities

There are many 4-H contests which give members a chance to display their skills. Winners of most county 4-H contests advance to district and state contests. 4-H contest information is provided in the monthly 4-H Newsletter.

Following is a brief description of some of the annual contests. For dates of these contests, refer to the monthly 4-H Newsletter or other announcements from the Extension Office. Deadlines to register for these contests will also be announced. If you have additional questions, please contact the Extension Office.


State 4-H Roundup



Texas 4-H Roundup is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication for youth throughout the State of Texas. It is designed to supplement the county 4-H program and project work. Each year contests are held throughout the counties, each of the twelve AgriLife Extension districts, and at the state level.   Roundup consists of approximately 50 individual competitive events. The majority of these events require each individual or team to qualify at the county and district level. However, Texas 4-H Roundup now offers over a dozen invitational style contests that allow intermediate and senior 4-Hers to participate without having to qualify.


Quiz Bowls

  • Swine, Beef, Horse, and Nutrition Subject areas are available (see below)
  • Held in conjunction with Fall and Spring District Roundup Contests
  • Contest involves answering questions about subject matter of that project area (similar to jeopardy style)
  • Age for County, District and State: 3rd  grade (and 8 yrs. old) – 12th grade


1. Swine Quiz Bowl

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/swine-2/ for resources to prepare for Swine Quiz Bowl


2. Horse Quiz Bowl

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/horse/ for resources to prepare for Horse Quiz Bowl

3. Beef Quiz Bowl

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/beef-cattle/ for resources to prepare for Beef Quiz Bowl

4. Nutrition Quiz Bowl

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/food-nutrition/ under “Contests” to prepare for Nutrition Quiz Bowl


Livestock Skill-A-Thon

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/ and look under State 4H Roundup “Contest Resources for Livestock Skill-A-Thon

Livestock Skillathon 

Share the Fun

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/theater-performance-arts/ for contest resources

A planned presentation by on 4-Her or group of 2-9 4-Her’s. The presentation can be categorized into one of seven categories: drama, dance, vocal, musical, comedy, poetry, and celebrate 4-H. Categories include: Celebrate 4-H, choreographed routines, musical/instrumental, poetry/prose, solo/band performance, or vocal.


Leaders 4 Life

The Leaders 4 Life Skill-A-Thon is a competition to challenge county teams in their leadership skills, knowledge of parliamentary procedure, and service learning activities. County 4-H councils, 4-H Club officers, or leadership project clubs will be trained by Extension agents and/or adult advisors or leadership project leaders on a variety of leadership topics and in-depth parliamentary procedure throughout the year. A district contest will be held in the spring, and the first-place senior teams from each district will advance to the state contest at Texas 4-H Roundup.

To prepare for the contest and ensure a smooth event, the contest coordinators will need to gather the materials and equipment below. This contest involves three components: a Parliamentary Procedure Demonstration, a Question-and- Answer Session, and a Community Service Interpretation Piece. The coordinator needs to establish a schedule and keep the event running smoothly. Some districts may have more teams than others, so you may have to adapt the
schedule, facilities, and other logistics to accommodate the increased number of teams.

For more information about the Leaders 4 Life Contest, please visit https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/leadership/ and look under “Contests”

Educational Presentations & Public Speaking

Educational Presentations can be presented by more than one 4H member in the same age division, and participants can use visual props during their presentations.

Public Speaking contests are conducted by the 4H member only and there are no visual aids for the presentation.

See https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/public-speaking/ for more information about both contest opportunities.

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