Dakota-Thurston 4-H All Contest Day Registration 2024
Includes Presentations, Public Speaking, Music, & Favorite Foods
Saturday, March 9th, 2024
St Lukes Lutheran Church
211 West 2nd St
Emerson, NE

Pre-Registration required by 3/4/2024


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Youth's Name *
Youth's 4-H age (age as of Jan 1st) *
County of 4-H Enrollment *
A 4-H Presentation, given by one (1) individual or a team of two (2) individuals, is a live presentation with a formal talk where youth will use visual aids (such as props, posters, computer-based visuals, handouts, video, etc.) to show and tell others how to do something. Presentations are given on a stage/platform. Judge views the entire presentation and engages in a question and answer session following presentation. Communication Modules for youth participating in the 4-H Presentations Contest can be found in the 2019 4-H Project Resource Central found at http://4h.unl.edu/resources.  Video examples of the contest can be found at https:://4h.unl.edu/presentation-contest.
Time limit is 6-8 minutes for a presentation given by an individual, and 8-10 minutes for a presentation given by a team. Participants may be penalized if their presentation exceeds the time limits.
Presentation Topic:
All 4-H Presentations topics should be related to what the 4-H youth is learning through 4-H educational experiences focused on the priorities of career and college readiness, community development, entrepreneurship, food supply confidence healthy living, leadership development and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).,
Live animals may be used in the presentation. All Livestock Health Requirements must be followed. Presenters are responsible for all stalling arrangements, care and handling of animals. Animals can only remain in the presentation area while the owner is present.

Title of Presentation
Type of Presentation
Music Contest 
All participants must be a Dakota or Thurston County 4-Her.
Youth may participate in a maximum of three classes.
Length of performance not to exceed 6 minutes.
Accompaniment may be live or professionally recorded.  No Karaoke style accompaniments allowed (i.e. no background vocals).  Accompaniment can be provided by an adult or non 4-H member.
Please provide your own music stand and tape/CD player if needed.
Ribbon will be dropped one placing if above guidelines are not followed.
A member MAY compete in a maximum of 3 classes.
Individual Competition
Name of Song(s)
Duet Competition (2 members)
Name of Song(s)
Name of Duet members
Group Competition (must be at least 3 members to be considered a group, there will be two divisions. Junior (8-11) or Senior (12+). Divisions will be determined by the age of the majority of the participants.
Name of Song(s)
Name & 4-H Age of Group Members
Public Speaking Contest 
All speeches must be original and include 4-H as the major component of the speech.
4-H public speakers may not use an old speech written by a sibling, other 4-H member, or anyone else.
Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference, but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source.
Use of visual aids and props are not allowed.
Dress appropriately. Do not wear costumes or special effect clothing.
No team speeches are allowed.
Time Guidelines
Clover Kid Speech - Age 5-7 - 1-2 minutes
Junior Speech - Age 8-10 - 1-3 minutes
Intermediate Speech - Age 11-13 - 3-5 minutes
Senior Speech - Age 14-18 - 5-8 minutes

*Age divisions dependent on number of entries
Title of Speech
Public Service Announcement
All PSA's are 60 seconds in length.
The state theme for the 2024 Public Service Announcement is "DISCOVER YOU SPARK IN NEBRASKA 4-H”
All radio PSA's must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at anytime of the year.
All 4-H PSA's must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu." The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit.
Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be use.
All PSA's must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA's written and provided by the state or national staff.
No team PSA's are allowed.
Radio PSA's will be submitted electronically as a. wav or mp3 format. (send to sydney.williams@unl.edu  or tpeterson3@unl.edu)
Title of PSA
Favorite Foods Contest 
We suggest bringing your own table. But 8ft white plastic tables will be available.
All 4-Hers are eligible to participate.  DO NOT need to be enrolled in a Foods Project.
Select and prepare a favorite recipe (doesn’t have to be from 4-H project manual but should relate to what was learned in a project and/or age appropriate, also skill level appropriate.)
Plan a menu which includes the favorite food.  (Tell for what kind of meal:  Example, family supper, Sunday dinner, children’s party, Thanksgiving dinner, etc.).  Write the menu on a 4” x 6” card.
Write recipe on a 4” x 6” card.  4” x 6” cards may be handwritten or typewritten or computer generated, but should reflect the work of the 4-Her
Prepare a centerpiece and place setting for one on a card table.  You must supply your own card table.  You may use placemats or a tablecloth.  You do not have to use your best china.  Settings may be plastic, glass, etc.  The emphasis is placed on how well it goes together and how appropriate for the occasion of the meal.
Have your display in place 15 minutes prior to the start of the contest, so that judging may begin promptly.
Parents and leaders may assist carrying articles for display, but 4-Hers are to set up display themselves.
The favorite food may be displayed as the whole product or as one serving.  A microwave may be available to heat your food depending on location of contest, so plan accordingly.
Contest is divided into Senior, Intermediate, Junior, and Novice Divisions, however this is subject to change based on number of youth entering contest, may be divided into Junior and Senior division.
Each contestant will be interviewed by the judge for about five minutes.  Questions will be asked about the favorite food, menu, and centerpiece and place setting.

Ribbon will be dropped on placing if above guidelines are not followed.
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