4-H State Family Hay Bale Competition!

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Traditionally the 4-H Hay Bale decorating contest would be lining a row at the NC State Fair. However, due to COVID-19 and our 4-H restrictions the hay bale entries will be coming from you all, 4-H families! This is a great way to have family fun and promote your 4-H spirit!

Categories of Competitions:
1st-3rd place prizes will be awarded for competition ages. (Prizes TBD)

  • Individual CloverBud 5-7 (no competition)
  • Individual 8-13
  • Individual 14-18
  • Family – must be members of the same family. (Only one entry per family.) 

The Hay Bales should be designed around promoting NC 4-H whether that’s your club, county or State 4-H! 

Suggested Ideas include but not limited to: 

  • Head, Heart, Hands, Health Projects
  • STEM
  • Service
  • Outdoor Living
  • NC Culinary
  • Healthy Living
  • 4-H Grows Here
  • 4-H Fall Harvest
  • NC Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Mountain 

Guidelines for Participation 

Rectangular hale bales should be used. Please limit your decoration to two (2) – eight (8) bales. Each entry must have a 4-H slogan that communicates the 4-H theme that has been chosen. Entry must have the official 4-H clover or the words 4-H displayed somewhere on it. Entries will be judged on 4-H message, eye appeal, use of materials, and creativity. The bales should be decorated with a good clean wholesome nature. No vulgar or suggestive decorations will be allowed. Decorations should be weather and wind-proof. NO Commercial or Political party signs of ANY KIND are allowed. A county can submit as many entries as you want. 4-H members must be registered in 4HOnline. The entry must be displayed. 

Location may vary depending on your preference and approvals: 

Extension office, home, other county buildings, library, school just to name a few. Just be sure to get permission if you are using a county building etc. Only one family member/individual at a time can decorate if you are using a central location due to our 4-H restrictions at this time. 


Entries can be constructed from September 15–November 20, 2020. State Registration is due November 23 – check with your county for the county deadline. Winners will be announced on December 11. 

Registration Requirements 

You will be required to upload at least 1 but up to 5 pictures of your entry. You can take pictures from every angle: front, back, top, and side so the judges can get a good look at your entry. You will need: Participants Name – if family, you can enter the name as (The McCollum Family as the first and last name), County, Address, Age Category, Slogan, Description including the theme you chose for your entry. 

Contact Hannah at Hannah_worrell@ncsu.edu upon entry.

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