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 1, 2019
8:00am - 6:00pm
University of California, Davis - West Quad

  • For more information, please contact 4hsfd@ucanr.edu
  • Each contest also has their own specific coordinator.

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!

Events with Pre-registration

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. 

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 evaluators provide feedback on 4-H members’ clothing and accessory choices using criterion-based rubrics. Categories are Traditional, Consumer Science Purchased, Upcycled, See It Sew It Challenge, and Retro/Vintage 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 who work throughout the year on all aspects of the event.

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

State 4-H Film Festival (pre-registration required)
Video is a medium that is both an art and a science. 4-H has been using video to promote various aspects of the program and recruit new volunteers and members. Join the members of 4-H who have already contributed to the videos on the CA 4-H YouTube channel!

4-H Robotics Competition (pre-registration recommended)
Robotics can spark a youth’s interest and imagination or can be a stepping stone to a better understanding of core school subjects that can lead to rewarding careers in STEM related fields. Also, robots are FUN!

NEW!! 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl (pre-registration required)
Teams of 4-5 youth ages 14-19 compete in this buzz-in style quiz contest. Test your knowledge in swine, sheep, beef, goat, poultry, rabbit, dairy and small animal production, and current events in the livestock industries. This contest is designed to stimulate learning in a variety of livestock topics and qualifies a team to compete at the National Level in Denver, CO.

Drop-in Activities (no pre-registration required)

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

Judging Contest 
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. 

State 4-H Plant Science Contest
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.

Logo Contest
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.

Primary Activities
Primary 4-H'ers are ages 5 to 9 years old. Age-appropriate activities help keep them included and engaged in State Field Day! 

4-H STEM Egg Drop 
Stop by and build a device to support an egg made from materials provided, or bring your own supplies. See rules and contest description.

4-H Promotional Advertising Contest
Create an ad to promote 4-H! Use your creativity to create an ad for use in print or online on websites and social media.  

4-H Robotics Drop-in Activities
Drop by the Robotics area to get hands-on with robots! Program a Scribbler 2 robot to complete a challenge on one the game boards (we will show you how).  See LEGO Mindstorm robots in action or try your hand using remote controlled VEX robots. 

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.

Anna Sorensen, Conejo-Simi 4-H, Ventura County
Anna Sorensen, Conejo-Simi 4-H, Ventura County

Tentative Schedule, subject to change

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

Egg Drop Contestants begin making contraptions

Promotional Advertising Contest submissions (until 10:30)


Logo Contest - submit and draw entries

Plant Science Contest opens

Interview Contest begins

Entomology Contest begins

Robotics Events begin

Primary Member (ages 5-9) activities begin

Educational exhibits and booths

10:00am - 12:00pm

Presentations - AM block


Judging Contest opens

Photography contest judging

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Promotional Advertising Contest voting

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Egg Drop Contest



Bring your own, go off-campus or purchase from UC Davis eateries on campus


Logo Contest voting

Robotics Competition 


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


Film Festival


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


Promotional Advertisements pick-up

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Photography contest-pick up photos

6:00pm - 7:00pm


 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.

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