State 4-H Presentation Day
State 4-H Presentation Day is one of many events that take place during California 4-H State Field Day. #StateFieldDay
Location: Wellman Hall, Olson Hall, and Hart Hall
7:30am - 9:00am Presenter Check-in at Wellman Hall
8:30am - 10:00am Orientation for Evaluators
10:00am - 12:00pm Presentations & Share the 4-H Fun skits
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 3:30pm Presentations & Share the 4-H Fun skits
4:00pm - 6:00pm Awards Ceremony
Description: Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the desired skill sets of professionals. Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. A 4-H presentation can be a demonstration, include audio-visual aids, and involve problem solving. Through their presentations, youth learn to research a subject, organize their ideas into a logical order and practice public speaking skills.
4-H members (9 years old and above) who have been awarded a gold or platinum seal in an Area Presentation Day may compete with the same presentation (and the same presenters**) for which the seal was awarded. 4-H members may give only one presentation at the State 4-H Presentation Day along with one Share the 4-H Fun Skit.
** All of the presenters who qualified in a team presentation must be present to participate. For Share the 4-H Fun Skits, fewer team members may be present but teams cannot add new members.
Special Recognition focus area has been discontinued.
Presentation Time Blocks
Presenters will be assigned to either the morning AM (10:00am - 12:00pm) or the afternoon PM (1:00-3:30) time block. These assignments are determined the week before the event. While you may request a particular time block on your registration, this is not guaranteed.
Please indicate "dual-entry" on registration forms for each event you are entering.
Fashion Revue and Presentation Day
Every effort will be made to accommodate 4-H members who qualify for both Fashion Revue and Presentation Day individual, team or Cultural Arts presentations. Please note: if you sign up for a Share the Fun presentation you cannot compete in the State Fashion Revue. All other presentation participants can participate in both contests. Check in for dual-registered Fashion Revue members is at Olson Hall only.
Interview Contest and Presentation Day
Dual entry in Interview Contest may be possible depending on interview time. Please check in at Presentation Day before checking in for the Interview Contest.
Evaluators can be adults and/or youth older than 16 years.
Each county must supply one Evaluator for every five entries. Counties who do not meet this requirement, will not be able to participate in Presentation Day.
Evaluators must complete the online course, "4-H Presentation Day Evaluator Orientation" at least a week prior to state Presentation Day. Please download and review the following documents prior to taking the course:
Room Host Registration
Room hosts are 4-H members age 9-19 years old.
Each county must supply one Room Host for every ten entries. Counties who do not meet this requirement, will not be able to participate in Presentation Day.
Information for Presenters
4-H members may give only one presentation at the State 4-H Presentation Day along with one Share the 4-H Fun Skit.
Categories for all age groups with video examples
- Illustrated Talk (Intermediate), Illustrated Talk (Intermediate)
- Science or Engineering Presentation (Senior)
- Educational Display Talk (Intermediate), Educational Display Talk (Intermediate)
- Informative Prepared Speech (Intermediate)
- Persuasive Prepared Speech (Senior)
- Impromptu Speech
- Interpretive Reading (Intermediate), Interpretive Reading (Senior)
- Share the 4-H Fun Skit (Senior)
- Cultural Arts (Senior)
Special Recognition Focus Areas has been discontinued.
Categories for impromptu presentations are available so the presenter is expected to have completed basic research. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference during the delivery of the impromptu speech. More information is available in the 4-H Presentation Manual. At State 4-H Presentation Day, participation in Impromptu Speeches is limited to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members. 2020 Impromptu Categories
Impromptu Presentation Categories - Senior level (14-19 years old)
- Civic Engagement: Youth Activism
- Healthy Living: Mental Health
- Leadership: Character
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Environmental Science
Impromptu Presentation Categories - Intermediate level (11-13 years old)
- My Neighborhood
- My 4-H Club
Examples of past impromptu topics
Share the 4-H Fun Skits
These are presented in Hart Hall 1150. View the room here. There is no stage.
- The State 4-H Presentation Day follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016 .
- Presentations are divided according to category and age group - Junior (9-10 years old), Intermediate (11-13 years old), and Senior (14-19 years old).
- Presenters must give the same presentation in the same category in which they qualified.
- Presenters in a category may also compete in the Share the 4-H Fun Skit category.
- Only presenters and room hosts may set-up and clean-up presentation materials.
- Photography and video recording of presentations is prohibited except for those approved by the event coordinator or leaders.
- No substitutions in presenters are allowed. Presentations must be given by the same individuals who qualified at a sectional event.
- If a team presentation qualified, then it must be presented by the same team members at the State 4-H Presentation Day.
- All qualifying team members must be present to give the team presentation. If one team member cannot attend, that team is disqualified from the team presentation.
- The only exception is the Share the 4-H Fun skit category, where a team can still present even if they are missing individuals (but they cannot add new individuals).
Rooms come equipped with a table and easel, overhead projector, digital projector, TV/VCR and chalkboards. Each room has a VGA connector for video and a mini-stereo for audio (a few rooms are equipped with DVI plugs, but this is not consistent from room to room). Rooms do not come equipped with a projector converter cable for Macs.
In Wellman Hall and Olsen Hall, rooms are equipped with a digital projector and screen (a few have a TV).
Presenters are responsible for bringing their own laptop computers or other digital device, cassette/CD players and radios. Rooms do not come equipped with a projector converter cable for Macs. If you are using an Apple/Mac product, you must bring your own adapter (see example below).