4-H Contests


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    4-H Contests

    Weber County 4-H offers many different contests each year. To participate in 4-H Contests all youth must be currently enrolled in 4-H. Each event will require pre-registration a week prior to the contest by calling the 4-H Office at 801-399-8202. Our 4-H staff tries to conduct the county contest as similar to the state contest as possible, utilizing the same rules, time allowances and judge’s sheets. However, limitations in facilities, scheduling, etc. may require some modifications to the contest at the county level.

    County Level Contests:

    For each county contest, click on the contest link above for specific contest details. It will explain how the event will be conducted at the county level, provide judging sheets, etc.
    • Each county contestant will earn blue, red or white ribbons based upon Danish system judging.
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be selected in each grade division.

    State Level Contests:

    State guidelines may vary from the way the contest will be conducted at the county level. Only 4-H members in 9th-12th grade who qualify in the county contest are eligible to participate in state competition. As you prepare for state competition, refer to the state contest guidelines to get specific contest details.

    National Level Contests:

    For many of the state contest categories, there is national level competition at the Western National Roundup, held in Denver in January each year. The following contests have national level opportunities: horse judging, horse bowl, livestock judging, livestock bowl, Family & Consumer Science Demo, 4-H public speaking, impromptu public speaking, consumer bowl, and fashion review. As you prepare for national competition, refer to the Western National Roundup site to get specific contest details. Our state events may have slightly different guidelines.


    4-H Horse Tests

    Before the start of a 4-H horse show, members participate in a written test. The questions for the test come from the following 4-H horse reference manuals.

    Although youth participating in the show are required to complete a test, 4-H’ers who are not riding in the county show are also allowed to take the test. To be eligible to participate in the testing program, youth must be properly dressed (see Weber County 4-H Horse Council By-laws) and take the test at the same time as a youth riding in the show. The testing schedule each year is as follows:

    Each member’s top three test scores are added to determine their total points. Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place to the members with the highest scores in each grade division, along with an additional award for first place.

    • Awards are given for each species in each grade division.
    • Each month tests are prepared for all four species: beef, goat, sheep, and swine.
    • Youth can select the test for the species they are studying. They do not have to be raising that species to participate in the test.
    • The tests are a combination of true/false, multiple choice, and fill-in-the-blank.
    • All the questions for the tests come from the Ohio State University Resource manuals, which are available for purchase from the 4-H office.


    Livestock Testing - Ways to Earn Points Total Points Possible
    Bonus Points: Youth will earn ten bonus points for every monthly test they take. There will be ten monthly livestock tests offered (October - July). 100
    Monthly Tests: Each monthly test will be worth up to 10 points. 100
    Total Possible Points 200

    Note: Members will not be able to win 1st place in more than one species each year. Should a child win in more than one species, he or she will have an opportunity to choose which species he wants to be declared a winner for, and the next highest score in the other species will win the 1st place prize.