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4-H presentations are a vital part of the 4-H program! Every 4-H member can profit in some way from preparing and presenting a presentation. 4-H’ers who have participated in 4-H presentations often recall that their experiences built communication skills, public speaking skills, poise, confidence, organizational skills, research skills, and thought expression. These too can be your experiences by participating in 4-H presentations!

County Activity Day will be on Saturday, May 11, 2024. Please, see the link below to sign up for your presentation category. (Early presentation days are available. Please email

Club member Haley Hargus gives a presentation at the county level

4-H Presentation rules and guidelines

General Guidelines Overview

You must be signed up for a presentation category by Friday, April 26

  • Only two people can sign-up for one presentation category in the same age group. (So sign-up for the category you want quickly!)
  • Presentations must be between 5-12 minutes if you are ages 8-18
  • Cloverbuds (5-7) can present on any topic and do not have a time limit
  • A presentation can be a demonstration, illustrated talk, or formal speech
  • Presentations are best when props and slides (powerpoint) are used
  • You can participate in presentations as an individual or as a team (2 people)
  • Henderson County 4-H does have some presentation examples. For access, email

Sign up for your 4-H Presentation Category 2024 by clicking here! 

  1. Find your presentation topic category
  2. Select the appropriate age group within your topic category (4-H goes by the youth’s age as of January 1, 2024).
  3. Comment the youth’s name on the box selected

If you have trouble viewing or finding your presentation category please email

4-H Entertains

4-H Entertains is not your typical competition activity! The 4-H Entertains portion of County Activity Day allows members to demonstrate their creativity through the performing arts, among other objectives! 4-H Entertains are conducted before a live audience on County Activity Day, Saturday, May 11.

Read more at:

Competition Levels

County Activity Day

Henderson County Activity Day is the first level of the three-tier 4-H presentations competition (four-tier for poultry and horse categories). County Activity Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.  We are excited for presentations to provide another great learning experience for our 4-H’ers!

Participants ages 8-18 give presentations and judges award blue or red ribbons. Each participant will receive feedback from judges to prepare for District Activity Day, which every participant will have the option to pursue. Blue ribbon recipients means they are ready for District, just keep practicing! Red ribbon recipients have put in good work, but something has been encouraged to change on the presentation before going to District, and of course, keep practicing!

Cloverbuds (5-7) can present at County Activity Day with any topic and time limit of their choosing! They will receive a trophy for their participation! 

We will continue to keep you updated on scheduling for County Activity Day. If you are interested in signing up for a presentation category, volunteer, or be a presentation coach or judge, please contact

District Activity Day

West District presentations will be held in Jackson County on Friday, June 14, 2024. Participants (8-18) will have the opportunity to present their presentations in front of judges and compete to continue on to the State 4-H presentation competition in Raleigh if they place in their category at District level.

Cloverbuds (5-7) can present their presentations on the District level for practice in front of audiences. However, they are not at competition age and will receive a participation ribbon for their accomplishment!

State Activity Day

4-H Presentations on the State level will take place on NC State University Campus on Tuesday, July 23, 2023. Youth who placed at their District competitions can present at the State level. Certain presentation categories have monetary awards associated with them for placing gold or silver medals.

For youth who are between the age 13-18 presentations are the first day of NC 4-H Congress if they chose to register and participate! Click here if your teen is interested in 4-H Congress!

Presentation Group

State Presentation presenters and Congress Attendees (2022)

Presentation Presentation

Written By

Hannah Peeler, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah PeelerExtension Agent, 4-H Youth Development Call Hannah Email Hannah N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center
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