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Craven 4-H Presentation Program

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4-H logo with graphic of person presenting in front of a screenPresentations are an integral skill for youth to learn in the 21st century. With the advent of the digital age, it’s important that our youth learn to how to research a topic, weed out the information that isn’t good, arrange information concisely and present it to a group of people. Whether in-person or online, these skills continue to be incredibly important!

The 4-H Presentation Program allows youth ages 5-18 learn how to research, write, and present information to the public. Youth will be able to select from a variety of topics and give a 5-8 minute prepared presentation on their chosen selection.

Even though youth are “judged” the judges provide constructive feedback and their focus is to help youth improve their speaking skills. There are also prizes to be won – some of them monetary! Public speaking can be a very intimidating thing that scares many adults. Statistics prove that youth who have public speaking skills have a major advantage when entering college and finding a job.

The presentation has several levels on which youth may compete:

5-7 years – County & District
8-13 years – County, District, & State
14-18 years – County, District, State, & Nationals*

To see the list of presentation categories, topics, and rubrics along with other information, check out the NC State 4-H Presentation information page.

The following is the schedule for presentation events:

Registration Deadline – April 28, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

Those who would like to sign-up to do a presentation must do so by April 28, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. You must be registered in 4-H Online for the current calendar year, have connected with the 4-H Agent about a general topic and what you plan to present, and must have it approved email is or 252-633-1477.

County Activity Day – May 20, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Craven County Ag Center, 300 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC 28562
This is our County program. If you wish to go to the District competition, you MUST participate in this event. This is a sort of “dress rehearsal” for youth attending the District competition so that they can get feedback from judges.
See event details for County Activity Day and add it to your calendar

Deadline to register for County Activity Day – April 28, 2023

District Activity Day – June 16, 2023, 8:00 a.m.

Lenoir Community College, 231 North Carolina Hwy 58, Kinston, NC 28504
This is the qualifying competition for the State level for those ages 8 and up.
5-7 Cloverbuds are not eligible for the State competition
8-10-year-old category, gold medalists move on to the State competition
11-13-year-old category, gold or silver medalists move on to the State competition
14-18-year-old category, gold or silver medalists move on to the State competition
See event details for County Activity Day and add it to your calendar

Deadline to register for District Activity Day – May 24, 2023

State Presentation Finals – July 22, 2023, 8:00 a.m.

Held on NC State University’s Campus, this event is for those who qualified at the District level.

Deadline to register for State Presentation Finals – Jun 26, 2023

*National Competitions – Dates, Locations, & Times Vary

Not all categories have national competitions attached, but you must win gold in your category at State to attend and must be in the 14-18-year-old division, but youth typically have to be 15 years old as of January 1 of the current year. The following categories have national competitions (there may be others, but these are guaranteed to have them):

  • Horse
  • Turkey Chargrill
  • Chicken Chargrill

Click the following link to download the 2023 Presentation Schedule