4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

California 4-H State Field Day #Ca4HStateFieldDay


NEW date this year!

Saturday, June 2, 2018


State Field Day 2018 Logo by Ashley Rosilez, Cerro Alto 4-H Club, San Luis Obispo County
State Field Day 2018 Logo by Ashley Rosilez, Cerro Alto 4-H Club, San Luis Obispo County

Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
University of California, Davis - West Quad

  • For more information, please contact 4hsfd@ucanr.edu
  • Event Coordinator: DeAnn Tenhunfeld, 530-750-1340.
  • Each contest also has their own specific coordinator.

About California 4-H State Field Day

The annual California 4-H State Field Day is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for 4-H youth members and 4-H volunteer educators. Since 2002, 4-H'ers from throughout the state have come together to compete at the state level for various competitions. This family-friendly event is for all ages to participate. 

Each contest and activity is coordinated by 4-H volunteers and youth. Event coordination and facility support is provided by the State 4-H Office.

The goal of the event is to provide a culminating experience for 4-H members in their year-long 4-H education in public speaking, textiles, plant sciences, photography, interview skills, and entomology.



Events Held At California State 4-H Field Day

Exhibits and Booths 
Exhibits and booths are a great opportunity to share knowledge, interact with youth and adults, and engage people in new activities. Sign up for a booth to share information about your club and organization with 4-H'ers from across California! Please register your exhibit and booth: 2018 registration coming soon.

State 4-H Presentation Day (pre-qualification and pre-registration required): Volunteer evaluators provide written feedback to individual or teams of 4-H members on their presentations. Evaluation is criterion-based using a rubric. Types of presentations vary between demonstrations, prepared speech, interpretive reading, impromptu, and others. 

Entomology Contest Having an entomology project informs not only 4-H members but the public on how important insects are to our everyday life.


California 4-H State Film Festival (pre-registration required for competition; viewing is drop-in): Provides a venue for teams of 4-H members to showcase their films. View a selection of previous year's films at http://www.youtube.com/user/California4H


We have two new events this year. Come check them out!

  • 4-H STEM Egg Drop Contest (no pre-registration necessary): 4-H'ers - stop by and build a device to support an egg made from materials provided. More information coming soon!
  • 4-H STEM Robotics Contest: More information coming soon!

Judging Contest (no pre-registration necessary): The objective of judging in the 4-H program is to help members grow in their ability to think, reason, and make logical and scientific judgments. Judging is about making choices and decisions. In each class, youth rank four items based on a standard; typically ten classes. There will also be a small non-competitive Primary Division for Primaries to get judging experience. They will receive a certificate of participation and a participation ribbon. 

Interview Contest (pre-registration required): The Interview Contest is a Public Speaking contest that gives members an opportunity to practice the real-life skill of applying for a job. 2018 Interview Job Descriptions are updated.

State 4-H Fashion Revue (pre-qualification and pre-registration required): Volunteer judges provide feedback on 4-H members’ clothing and accessory choices using criterion-based rubrics. Categories are Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased, Upcycled and Challenge. Open to the public are multiple service, craft, judging and fashion activities, and a fashion show. Organized by a committee of youth and adult volunteers. 

2014 Best of Show:
State 4-H Plant Science Contest (no pre-registration necessary): The contest is organized into three parts: judging, plant identification, and written test. The four highest ranking senior 4-H members are qualified to participate in the national contest.

State 4-H Photography Contest (pre-registration required): 4-H members may submit two photographs in various categories.

Logo Contest (no pre-registration necessary): In the morning, 4-H members may submit their logo design for the following year’s Field Day. In the afternoon, 4-H members vote on their favorite design.


2017 State 4-H Field Day Schedule

Time Activity
7:00am - 9:30am Check-in for various activities - please see activities pages for times and instructions
8:30am - 10:00am Orientation for Evaluators for various events - please see activities pages for times and instructions
9:00am - 9:30am Opening Ceremony

Fashion Revue contest activities begin

Sparks Surveys starts


Logo Contest - submit and draw entries

Plant Science Contest opens

Interview Contest begins

Entomology Contest begins

Primary Member (ages 5-9) activities begin

Educational exhibits and booths

10:00am - 12:00pm

Presentations - AM block


Judging Contest opens

Photography contest judging



Bring your own, go off-campus or purchase from Alameda County 4-H (cash only)



Logo Contest voting


4-H Management Board activities & announcements on West Quad Stage


Film Festival in Wellman 119


Presentations/Share the Fun skits - PM block


Plant Science Contest closes

Entomology Contest closes

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Fashion Show on West Quad Stage


Judging Contest ends

Primary Member activities end


Interview Contest ends

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Event Awards Assembly on West Quad Stage


Sparks Surveys close

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Photography contest-pick up photos

6:00pm - 7:00pm



Activity pages

Please see individual activity pages for times and locations for participants and volunteers.

Pre-registration required:

State 4-H Presentation Day

State 4-H Fashion Revue

State 4-H Photography Contest - registration required for entries

State 4-H Film Festival - registration required for entries

State 4-H Interview Contest 

Drop-in activities (no pre-registration required)

Location Information

Parking: Parking is free on the weekends.
For GPS Directions: Enter map to “Howard Way, Davis, CA”

Click on the flags to see the event happening at that location.

Page Last Updated: November 17, 2017
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