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Presentation Regulations

These regulations are also available in the NC 4-H Awards Handbook.

  1. Age eligibility is established on January 1st of the current year. To participate in Presentation competition, the 4-H member must be nine years of age prior to January 1st of the current year and not have had his/her 19th birthday before January 1st of the current year. Divisions are 9-10, 11-13, and 14-18.
  2. The same presentation may be repeated from one year to the next; however, the individual’s personal development will be much greater if the presentation is revised and improved.
  3. A minimum of 5 minutes is recommended and a maximum of 12 minutes is allowed for presentations. Exceptions are as follows: Public Speaking (7 minutes); Chicken Barbecue (2.5 hours); Turkey Barbecue (2.5 hours); Pork Cookery (2 hours); Beef Char-Grill (2 hours); Horse, Individual 9-10, 11-13 (minimum 4 minutes, maximum 12 minutes); Horse, Individual 14-18 (minimum 9 minutes, maximum 12 minutes); Horse, Team 9-10, 11-13 (minimum 5 minutes, maximum 15 minutes); Horse, Team 14-18 (minimum 10 minutes, maximum 15 minutes); Horse Public Speaking, 9-10, 11-13 (minimum 4 minutes, maximum 10 minutes); Horse Public Speaking, 14-18 (minimum 8 minutes, maximum 10 minutes). One point will be deducted per judge for each minute under the minimum or over the maximum time in horse categories.
  4. Each county may enter two presentations per age category. 4-H members may compete in no more than one presentation program per year. “4-H Entertains” is not considered a presentation program. **Exceptions:
    • In Horse 9-10, 11-13 and 14-18, a county may enter two individual presentations and team presentation. Please see Horse rules and regulations.
    • It is desirable that participants in Chicken and Turkey Barbecue, Pork Cookery, Beef Char-Grill, and Dairy Bowl not participate in the “4-H Entertains” program. However, if they do, they should report to and complete the cooking presentation before participating in “4-H Entertains.” Someone should report early to the “4-H Entertains” contest that the 4-H’er will participate later.
    • Each county is limited to a maximum of 10 minutes in the “4-H Entertains” Program (Talent Contest) involving no more than two acts.
    • A County Winner ribbon is given to each participant. A ribbon and certificate are awarded to the district winner, and the runner-up receives a ribbon only. One presentation in each category will be designated as the district winner and will be eligible to compete on the state level. The only exception to this rule is in the “4-H Entertains” program in which only blue ribbons and participatory ribbons are awarded and only selected blue ribbon winners are invited to participate in the State “4-H Entertains” program.
    • The value of a scholarship to 4-H Congress varies for each award. Please note specific scholarship values for each category. Other expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. To receive the scholarship the 4-H’er must register part or full-time and must present on Tuesday.
    • Cash awards, either in full or in part, will not be given to the district winners in lieu of the scholarship to attend North Carolina 4-H Congress.
    • When any division winner cannot attend Congress or participate in the state presentation contest, the award will be given to the District runner-up if the District runner-up registers and attends Congress as a part or full-time delegate and participates in the Presentation Contest.
    • 14-18 level district runners-up in presentations will be invited to participate in the state contest at the 4-H Congress. There will be no scholarship available for runners-up to attend Congress unless the district winner decides not to participate.
    • 4-H members may continue to compete in a particular presentation category until declared state winner. An exception is made when runners-up are awarded a scholarship to replace the state winner; they are then no longer eligible to participate in the same program but may participate in others.
    • A team may be composed of no more that two individuals, except in Dairy Bowl, and 4-H Entertains. For Dairy Bowl, teams must be composed of two or three individuals, and for 4-H Entertains there is no limit. If the team giving a prsentation is composed of individual’s in two different age divisions (9-10, 11-13, 14-18), the team must compete in the older youths age division.
    • Should a donor not renew or be secured, the district award will be a certificate.
    • No live animals may be used in any presentation. No real handguns or firearms are allowed to be used during presentations.
    • Only members 15-years-old or older are eligible to attend the National Junior Horticulture Association Contest.
    • Presenters in Dairy Foods, Fruit & Vegetable Use, and Peanut Foods will be asked to prepare a knowledge presentation. A different level of knowledge and skills is expected between 9-10, 11-13 and 14-18 presentations. Depth of knowledge is stressed on the scoresheets for 14-18.
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