4-H Demonstration Contests

Boy standing in front of room performing a fire safety demonstrationThe Demonstration Contest gives 4-H’ers the opportunity to share what they have learned from their projects. 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. A girl and boy team standing in front of the room performing a scratch and sketch demonstrationParticipants 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. 4-H’ers must compete in the county contest to advance to the state contest at the Delaware State Fair. A girl dressed in 60's dress and high boots demonstrating a common 60's danceIn 2019, sixty-eight demonstrations were presented in county contests.  Delaware 4-H encourages everyone to come out to the Delaware State Fair on July 22, 24, 25 or 26 to see the state competition going on in the 4-H building.  All of the participating 4-H youth deserve a big round of applause!