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
WHAT IS TEXAS 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. This event has been held in College Station, Texas since its inception, with the exception of the 2012 Texas 4-H Roundup. Over 4,000 youth and adults attend the event each year. 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 thirteen invitational style contests that allow intermediate and senior 4-Hers to participate without having to qualify. Roundup is scheduled to officially begin Monday, June 8, 2015 and ends Friday, June 12, 2015. Contests do not begin until Tuesday June 9, 2015. (excerpt from 2015 Roundup Guide)
- County Contest is dependent on number of individuals entered
- Contest is held in conjunction with the District Food Show or District Roundup
- Contest involves answering questions about subject matter of that project area
- Age for County, District and State: 9 (or 8 & in the 3rd grade) – 18 years old
1. Swine Quiz Bowl
- Swine Project Resources
- Swine Quiz Bowl Questions – Junior
- Swine Quiz Bowl Questions – Intermediate
- Swine Quiz Bowl Questions – Senior
2. Horse Quiz Bowl
3. Beef Quiz Bowl
4. Nutrition Quiz Bowl
see information under 4-H>Food & Nutrition for more details
The Swine Skill-a-Thon will consist of a preliminary round with a written exam and four skills stations. The top five individuals in each division will then compete in the finals. Seniors and Intermediates will give a five minute impromptu presentation on a topic assigned at the event.
- Swine Skill-A-Thon 2012-2013 Study Guide (4-H)
- San Antonio Swine Skill-A-Thon General Rules
- San Antonio Swine Skill-A-Thon Study Guide
Share the Fun
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 visit the Texas 4-H and Youth Development website: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project_leadership/leaders
More than 18 Educational Presentation categories allow 4-H members from the age of 9 to 18 to present educational presentations using posters, powerpoints, props, or just the power of words to educate the audience on a specific topic and/or issue. Educational Presentations can be presented by an individual 4-H member or with a team up to five 4-H members. The presenting team has twelve minutes to present the topic/issue, in addition to another nine minutes for setup and takedown. (description obtained from the 2012-2013 Texas 4-H Clover)
Individual presents a 5 to 7 minute talk suitable as a platform speech or radio broadcast. Props and visual aids are not permitted and recordings of any type may not be used. Contestants should be prepared to answer questions concerning the subject matter of their presentation. Presentations will be scored with equal consideration of composition and delivery utilizing a score sheet (revised Aug 2005) specific to the Public Speaking Contest. Contestants selected as finalists will repeat their presentations. (description taken from 2012-2013 Texas 4-H Clover)
The veterinary science project deals with techniques and procedures involved in caring for animals. It includes learning how veterinarians are most effective. (description obtained from Texas 4-H Youth & Development Website)
Texas 4-H Veterinary Science Website: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project_veterinary