Public Speaking & Demonstrations

Child at podium before an audiencePresenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Delaware 4-H alumni often credit their experience with 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Contests as a reason for their success in public and professional life.

4-H Public Speaking

Click here to view a short video of two 4-H award-winning public speeches from 2013
Click here to view a short video of two 4-H award-winning public speeches from 2013


4-H Public Speaking contests
begin at the county level. 4-H members select a topic, research facts, and present timed speeches, graduated in length as required by their age division.  4-H contestants are judged on a variety of criteria. The contestant with the highest score in each age category advances to the state-level contest held during the Delaware State Fair in July.

Public Speaking resources are listed below:

4-H Demonstration Contest

Two youth doing a baking demonstration
Two 4-H club team mates (and chefs) present a baking demonstration. Demonstrations may be by an individual or a team of two.

In a 4-H Demonstration Contest or Illustrated Talks,  4-H youth members demonstrate individually or with another member as a team entry. A topic is chosen from a 4-H project. Props and visual aids are required, as well as handmade posters or presentations using software. A successful demonstration will show the audience and judges several steps in a process, such preparing a cooked dish, grooming an animal, etc. Demonstrations are followed by a question and answer period with the judges where the contestant(s) can cite further resources or expertise.

Demonstration resources are listed below: