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El Dorado County Presentation Day

Saturday, April 3, 2021
This will be a joint virtual Presentation Day
with El Dorado and Amador Counties 
Time: 10:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Youth Presenter Registration
Register due by April 1, 11:59pm
Details will be emailed upon registration.

Evaluator Registration
Room Host Registration
Please Register by April 1, 11:59pm Details will emailed upon registration.

Contact Denise Veffredo, dveffredo@ucanr.edu 
or Vera M. Bullard, vmbullard@ucanr.edu

* Members 16 years and older are encouraged to serve. You must have been a presenter at County Presentation Day in prior year. 


4-H presentations are a special sharing time when members show the skills they’ve acquired to others. Presentation Day gives 4-H members the opportunity to show others what they have learned in their current 4-H projects or what interests them!

It is a planned demonstration or illustrated talk which explains or illustrates by using examples. To demonstrate is to teach by showing – learning by doing! Show someone how to tie his shoes, or his 4-H tie! Demonstrating is teaching in the clearest and simplest method known. When members are enrolled in 4-H they have a desire to learn. In giving presentations, they share with others their acquired knowledge. Boys and girls like to “tell others”. This is natural. They should be encouraged to start by giving a simple presentation and, as they develop, they can do more difficult presentations.


Presentations help 4-H members:

  • do and learn-learn by doing
  • develop an ability to speak before a group
  • share acquired knowledge and skill
  • develop creativity
  • gain experience in teamwork
  • gain self-confidence, leadership skills and initiative
  • gain person recognition
  • have a more interesting and active 4-H project

Every club and project group should devote time to presentations. Presentations by 4-H members should be a vital part of every 4-H club program. A desirable goal for each 4-H club is to have every member give at least one presentation during the year.



I Have to Do What? 4-H Presentations

California 4-H Presentation Manual- updated November 10, 2020

California State 4-H Public Speaking Resources

2021 Impromptu Speech Topics- TBA

Types of Presentations

DEMONSTRATION: A Demonstration teaches a skill by the “show how” method. Posters or equivalent visual aids are used to enhance the teaching process. The posters or visual aids will include at least a title, materials, process, and summary.

ILLUSTRATED TALK: An Illustrated Talk teaches a concept or skill that would be impractical to demonstrate in a classroom setting. Posters or equivalent visual aids should include at least an introduction/title card, information card, and a summary card. Models or other visual aids can be used to enhance the presentation.

SCIENCE or ENGINEERING PRESENTATION: A Science Presentation emphasizes the core process of inquiry to describe, explain, and predict through observation, experimentation, modeling, and other scientific techniques. Science methods may rely on quantitative data (numbers), qualitative data (descriptions), or both. Science presentations do not need to be experimental. An Engineering Presentation uses the process of design to plan, build, and test a process, system, or device. Engineers must weigh design choices based on merits, constraints, and aesthetics to meet design specifications (considering both form and function) and be able to justify those choices.

EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY TALK: An Educational Display Talk is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept. A display should be designed to convey its message in a limited amount of time. This is a public speaking contest so the speaker should use the time wisely and support the visual presentation. Once the speaker completes the oral presentation, they will have a dialog with the evaluators about the display.

EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY BOARD: An Educational Display Board is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept. 

INFORMATIVE PREPARED SPEECH: This format requires that the speaker write and deliver their own speech. The speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic. The topic is only limited by age appropriateness of the topic for the member. Advocacy of political or religious views is not appropriate. The purpose of this category is to encourage participants to give a speech in which they seek out accurate information, organize it into a useful form, and competently present the information.

PERSUASIVE PREPARED SPEECH: The purpose of a Persuasive Prepared Speech is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue. Persuading audience members that disagree with you requires that you think about why they disagree with you, identify areas where these audience members can be moved, and speak to those areas in a way that highlights your shared interests. Remember that your credibility plays an important role in persuading audiences, such as dealing with oppositional arguments in a fair and convincing way. Good persuaders do not ignore the opposition, nor do they simply attack the opposition; they engage the opposition’s arguments in an even-handed way.

IMPROMPTU SPEECH: Impromptu speaking involves speeches that the speaker has developed themselves at the Presentation Day within a three-minute preparation. One at a time, the speakers will randomly draw a piece of paper with a topic on it. The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event. From the time that the speaker is given the topic, they will have three minutes to prepare a speech. Primary and Junior Members may only participate at the county level.

INTERPRETIVE READING: Speakers may read any published written work that is age appropriate and acceptable for use in a public school classroom. In addition to introducing him/herself the speaker should demonstrate knowledge about the reading selection by describing the title, the author, the characters, the purpose or setting of the writing, and any other introductory information that might enhance the understanding of the piece by the audience. The reading should be completed with a short conclusion that will leave a vivid memory of the selection for the audience. Not 4-H related.

SHARE THE FUN: Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community pride, recreation, citizenship, or other 4-H project or activity. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes. Costumes, props, decorations, and other visual aids are encouraged. Must be 4-H related.

CULTURAL ARTS: Individual participants or groups, projects and clubs, perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical, dance, or other such performing art. Cultural Arts presentations may but are not required to include audience participation. A participant should introduce the activity and its purpose. Participants must provide and set-up any needed audio-visual equipment.

Central Sierra Counties

Amador Co.

A joint venture with El Dorado Co. 

Eligibility: Any 4-H member in Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, and Tuolumne. 

Calaveras Co.

Eligibility: Any 4-H member in Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, and Tuolumne. 

Tuolumne Co.

Eligibility: Any 4-H member in Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, and Tuolumne. 

All Area Presentation Days 
2021 information TBD

Presenters & evaluators 
all information needed 
can be found on the 
Area Presentation Days - CA 4-H YDP website 

State Presentation Day

2021 TBD

Eligibility: Any 4-H member (9 years old and above) who has been awarded a gold medal during the All Area Presentation Day may compete with the same presentation for which the medal was awarded.

Questions? Please contact 4hsfd@ucanr.edu.