DEPARTMENT 240 – 4-H EVENT JUDGING DAY

CO-CHAIRPERSON – John Lilly, Jefferson County Extension Director/4-H Agent
CO-CHAIRPERSON Monica Brinkley, Liberty County Extension
ENTRY DEADLINE: PREREGISTRATION POSTMARKED by October 17, 2018
REGISTRATION: Saturday, November 17, 2018, Time 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
JUDGING CONTESTS: Saturday, November 17, 2018, Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
STEM Challenge: Saturday, November 17, 2018 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
AWARDS PROGRAM: Saturday, November 17, 2018 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LIFESMARTS CHAIRPERSON: Judy Corbus, Holmes/Washington County FCS Agent
AGRICULTURAL CHAIRPERSONS: Shep Eubanks, Gadsden County Extension Director (SEND ENTRIES TO GADSDEN OFFICE); Angel Granger, Jackson County 4-H Agent
HORTICULTURAL CHAIRPERSON: Mark Tancig, Leon County Horticulture Agent
STEM Challenge: Heather Kent, NW District Regional Specialized Agent
WILDLIFE ECOLOGY: Alex Boswell, Leon County 4-H Program Assistant
AWARDS CEREMONY CHAIRPERSON: John Lilly, Jefferson County Extension Director/4-H Agent
REGISTRATION FORM LINKclick here

RULES &   REGULATIONS

  1. A Florida county may enter six teams, two teams per age division (no individuals), four or five members per team, in LifeSmarts (formerly Consumer Choices), six teams and unlimited individuals in the Agricultural Judging event, four teams in the Horticultural, and four teams (no individuals) for STEM Challenge events. Three or four members comprise a team unless stated otherwise. There will be no intermixing of age divisions on teams. Team members for all judging events must be from the same county. Counties will also be allowed to enter individual participants as well as teams. Individuals will be eligible to compete for individual awards. Registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 17, 2018 and mailed to the appropriate individual contest chairperson. Teams who do not pre-register by the deadline may participate but will not be eligible for awards or premium money.
  2. Ties will be broken by the 4th individual’s score on the team or pre-determined tie-breakers. If a tie cannot be broken (by the pre-determined tie-breaker(s)) and every category is identical, those tying will receive duplicate awards.
  3. Judging teams should provide #2 pencils for judging. Clipboards would be very helpful for team members. No written materials allowed in contest area. No assistance is permitted from team coaches or parents during contest. Teams/individuals not abiding by contest rules will be automatically disqualified.
  4. 4-H Judging Participation ribbons will be available for pick-up by one designated person per county on Saturday, November 17th in the Entertainment Area immediately after the awards ceremony. Please have numbers of judging team participants from your county available.
  5. Duplicate prizes will be awarded in both the 4-H Junior, 4-H Intermediate and the 4-H Senior Divisions.
  6. For a new plant list for the Horticulture Judging, contact Leon County Extension Horticulture at (850) 606-5202 or visit http://leon.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H_Department/4-H_HORT/NFFHort.pdf  The list may be revised so check the link.
  7. For a STEM Challenge Study guide, email hckent@ufl.edu
  8. All 4-H members, leaders, and agents will be admitted at no charge into the Fairgrounds until 2:00 PM.  All adults must have their 4-H card to enter. Vehicles should be parked outside of the Fairgrounds in free parking.
DIVISION A – 4-H JUNIOR DIVISION
Any 4-H’er who reaches his/her 8th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 10th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year.
DIVISION B – 4-H INTERMEDIATE DIVISION
Any 4-H’er who reaches   his/her 11th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 13th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year.

DIVISION C – 4-H SENIOR DIVISION
Any 4-H’er who reaches his/her 14th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 19th birthday prior to September 1st of the current 4-H year.


CLASS 1: AGRICULTURAL JUDGING – TEAM
CLASS 2: AGRICULTURAL JUDGING – INDIVIDUAL

Topics will be selected from the following:

  1. Market Beef (Steers)
  2. Questions
  3. Breeding Beef (Senior Heifers)
  4. Questions
  5. Breeding Beef (Junior Heifers)
  6. Questions
  7. Poultry
  8. Hay
    Six teams/unlimited individuals

CLASS 3: HORTICULTURAL JUDGING – TEAM
CLASS 4: HORTICULTURAL JUDGING – INDIVIDUAL

  1. Identification of ornamental plants
    Div. A – 10 specimens – 7 minutes – 100 points
    Div. B – 15 specimens – 7 minutes – 150 points
    Div. C – 20 specimens – 15 minutes – 200 points
  2. Identification of fruits
    Div. A
    – 10 specimens – 7 minutes – 100 points
    Div. B
    – 15 specimens – 7 minutes – 150 points
    Div. C
    – 20 specimens – 15 minutes – 200 points
  3. Identification of vegetables
    Div. A –
    10 specimens – 7 minutes – 100 points
    Div. B –
    15 specimens – 7 minutes – 150 points
    Div. C –
    20 specimens – 15 minutes – 200 points
  4. Identification of flowers and foliage
    Div. A – 10 specimens – 7 minutes – 100 points
    Div. B – 15 specimens – 7 minutes – 150 points
    Div. C – 20 specimens – 15 minutes – 200 points

CLASS 5: WILDLIFE ECOLOGY – TEAM
CLASS 6: WILDLIFE ECOLOGY – INDIVIDUAL

  1. Identification of Trees (15 specimens – 10 minutes – 150 points)
  2. Identification of Signs, Sound, Skins and Pictures for Mammals (15 specimens – 10 minutes – 150 points)
  3. Identification of Sounds and Pictures for Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians (15 specimens – 10 minutes – 150 points)

PREMIUM SCHEDULE (Classes 1-6)
(Each team member will receive a place strip ribbon.)

1st Place Team – $40.00 & Trophy
2nd Place Team – $32.00 & Rosette
3rd Place Team – $24.00 & Rosette
4th thru 5th Place Team – $16.00 per team

1st High Score Individual – $20.00 & Trophy
2nd High Score Individual – $15.00 & Rosette
3rd High Score Individual – $10.00 & Rosette


CLASS 7: LIFESMARTS – TEAM
Topics by age division

  • JUNIOR: Health & Safety
  • INTERMEDIATE: Health & Safety; Technology; The Environment
  • SENIOR: Health & Safety; Technology; The Environment; Personal Finance; Consumer Rights & Responsibilities

Six teams (no individuals)/Two teams per age division, four or five members per team. Five members is strongly recommended, if possible.

Please contact your county 4-H Agent for LifeSmarts study guides and resources or visit http://lifesmarts.org/


CLASS 8: STEM CHALLENGE – TEAM

  1. The 2018 theme is Mechanical Engineering. In order to prepare for this contest, teams should be familiar with the forces of gravity, center of gravity and friction, as well as basic concepts related to aerodynamics. Email hckent@ufl.edu to request a study guide with background information, examples and sample activities to help coaches or leaders prepare their teams.
  2. Teams will be asked to demonstrate their vehicle the judges and audience, and then give reasons. Reasons should include the following information: Which design did you choose, and why did you feel it was best for the situation? Which modifications did you make and why? How did your team work together to design, build and test the vehicle? What is your prediction for how well your vehicle will perform and why?
  3. Adults will not be able to assist members with the design or building of their vehicle.
  4. All tools and supplies will be provided.

PREMIUM SCHEDULE (Classes 7-8) 
(Each team member will receive a place strip ribbon.)

1st Place Team – $40.00 & Trophy
2nd Place Team – $32.00 & Rosette
3rd Place Team – $24.00 & Rosette
4th thru 5th Place Team – $16.00 per team & Rosette