4-H Demonstration Contest Spotlight

Have you ever wondered “Where’s the Water Going”–a demonstration lesson in Environmental Science by Lena Berry, Kent County 4-H member?  Do you want to know the secrets to “Keeping your Dog Healthy and Happy”–a demonstration by Sussex County 4-Her, Ainsley West? Both of these were demonstrations presented recently in the various 4-H Demonstration contests in the Delaware 4-H Program. In this event, 4-H youth members demonstrate individually or with another member as a team entry based on a list of thirty-five available 4-H demonstration topic areas. Props and visual aids are required, and many demonstrations include handmade posters or presentations using software. A successful demonstration will show the audience and judges several steps in a process, such as preparing a cooked dish, grooming an animal, demonstrating how to take a good picture, etc. Demonstrations are followed by a question and answer period with the judges where the contestant(s) provide answers, and can cite further resources or expertise.  Participants learn and develop many excellent communication and life skills through this activity as they gain confidence to be prepared to speak in front of audiences.

The Kent County 4-H County Demonstration Contest included 28 youth presenting 19 demonstrations in the first round of competition.  The Sussex County 4-H Contest included 19 demonstrations with 27 4-Hers presenting, and New Castle County 4-H had one Demonstration presented.  Each county has a make-up date offered, so it’s not too late to share a demonstration about your favorite topic. We look forward to seeing these additional interesting 4-H demonstrations presented!

Pictured: Leighton Webb presenting his 4-H demonstration on “How to Make a Rustic Pallet Tree”