2020 Caldwell County Activity Day

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County Activity Day is an opportunity for youth to showcase their talents and knowledge in a variety of project areas. Caldwell County’s 2020 day is moving online, so youth will have an opportunity to practice their activities at the county level and qualify for District Activity Day. Agents are to receive additional instruction from the state 4-H office shortly with guidelines for the online format.

Pre-registration is due April 20, so it has been extended. Each youth participant should be registered individually. Also, please fill in a separate registration form for any group activities. Contact Sarah Moyer with questions you may have.

Pre-register now.

Participants are responsible for reviewing guidelines for each activity. The three sections are 4-H Presentations, 4-H Entertains and other activities.


Review “2020 4-H Presentations at a Glance” for more information about each topic area and any associated prizes.

Animal Science

  • Horse
  • Horse Public Speaking
  • Livestock & Dairy Production
  • Small & Companion Animals
  • Poultry

Citizenship & Civic Education

  • Citizenship/Community Service

Communication & Expressive Arts

  • Arts & Communication
  • Public Speaking

Family & Consumer Sciences

  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Hospitality, Etiquette & Social Graces

Environmental Sciences

  • Entomology
  • Fisheries & Aquatics
  • Forestry & Wildlife
  • Environmental Science (Soil & Water)

Healthy Lifestyles

  • Agricultural Safety & Health
  • Health/Fitness
  • Foods & Nutrition
  • Turkey Char Grill
  • Chicken Char Grill
  • Beef Char Grill
  • Pork Char Grill
  • Safety
  • Fruit & Vegetable Use
  • Egg Cookery
  • Peanut Foods
  • Dairy Foods

Personal Development

  • Open Class
  • Careers & Entrepreneurship

Plant Science

  • Horticulture Science

Science & Technology

  • Agriculture Science (Crops)
  • Wheels & Engines
  • Science & Technology
  • Electric

Read more about 4-H Presentations.

Review guidelines and regulations for 4-H Presentations.

4-H Entertains

The categories are:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Variety
  • Instrumental
  • Vocal Arts

The general objectives for 4-H Entertains are:

  1. To provide an opportunity for 4-H’ers to demonstrate their creativity through the performing arts.
  2. To develop poise and self-confidence before a group of their peers.
  3. To provide an avenue through which local and state 4-H programs may broaden the 4-H image and acquaint the public with the creative skills possessed by 4-H members.

The general eligibility requirements are:

  1. Participants should be 8 as of January 1 of the current year and not have had their 19 birthday as of Jan. 1. They must be currently enrolled or participating in the 4-H program.
  2. 4-H members who have participated in previous County, District and State 4-H talent programs MAY participate again.

The general guidelines are:

  1. Talent acts may be presented by an individual or group.
  2. Talent acts selected should appeal to youth audiences.
  3. Talent acts may be drawn from dance, dramatic, variety, instrumental and vocal arts.
  4. Each county may select a maximum of two acts to participate at the District level.
  5. Each act should be a maximum of five (5) minutes.
  6. Participants should consider the following items when selecting and presenting a talent act:
    1. audience appeal
    2. projection
    3. appropriate dress or costume
    4. poise
    5. staging-position and/or movement on stage
    6. skills in areas of presentation (talent)
    7. music should be in good taste and appropriate for all audiences, no vulgar language will be accepted in any lyrics
  7. Animal acts, use of fire, groups requiring excessive time to set up and groups requiring special lighting are NOT allowed.
  8. Digital music must be of good quality.

Read more about 4-H Entertains.


These activities will only be at the Caldwell County Activity Day.

  • Show and Tell (Cloverbuds only)
  • Readings
  • Extemporaneous Speaking

Guidelines for other activities:

Show and Tell

This division is for Cloverbud 4-H’ers ages 5-7 to give a talk about any 4-H related project or item. Props or poster may be used. This is a noncompetitive event. An evaluator will be in the room to give 4-H’er’s positive comments about their talk.


This may be musical, dramatic, interpretive, humorous, or other type of reading. Maximum time for readings for both junior and senior levels is 5 minutes. Use of a script is required. A copy of the script must be given to the judge. There are no team readings. No regional entry.

Extemporaneous Speaking

The time limit for ages 8-13 is 2-5 minutes and ages 14-18 is 3-7 minutes.

Participants will draw two of the 5 questions provided below and he/she/they will pick which question he/she/they wants to answer. The participant will inform the judge of his/her/their question and will then provide an answer. The judge is permitted to ask questions. No regional entry.

For ages 8-13:

  • What does 4-H mean to you?
  • Who has influenced you the most in your 4-H career and why?
  • What have you learned in 4-H?
  • What is your favorite 4-H project and why?
  • How do you make 4-H an important part of your life?

For ages 14-18:

  • How have you learned leadership in 4-H and how have you used this knowledge in other areas of your life? And how do you intend to use apply your leadership skills as an adult?
  • What audience or audiences do you feel the Caldwell County 4-H program is not reaching? How do you recommend we improve these relations and engage more individuals from this audience or audiences?
  • What community partnerships have you developed through 4-H, and how have these partnerships improved your community?
  • In what ways do you feel your 4-H experience will help you as an adult?
  • Describe how you are a leader in 4-H, and what does it mean to you to be a leader?