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Presentation Day and Interview Contest (Details)

Public speaking is an invaluable skill that all 4-H'ers learn during their participation in the program. Presentation Day is a fun opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their knowledge in a subject of their choosing. 4-H'ers prepare a presentation that is judged on subject knowledge, presentation, organization, voice, manner and appearance, clarity, and the ability to answer questions. This is one of a very few countywide events that 4-H holds during our program year. Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year.

Youth participants: please refer to the updated Presentation Manual (revised November 10, 2020) as a guide when planning your presentation.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom. Registration details and volunteer opportunities can be found below.

Presentation and Interview Contest Registration and General Information


What is a 4-H presentation? Presentation Day is amazing in that it's both fun AND offers the chance for life changing skill development among our member community. A presentation may be a demonstration, a talk, a speech, or a skit. A 4-H Presentation helps you learn to:

  • Research a subject
  • Organize ideas in a logical order
  • Share your spark or your passion
  • Practice public speaking skills

4-H'ers age 5 and up come to share what they know - about rabbit fur types, how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, read aloud a favorite poem, challenge themselves with impromptu presentations, speak about a poster they've created, interview for jobs, dance, sing and more. 

What can I present? Think about demonstrating or talking about something you have learned related to a 4-H project or a skill or talent that you have.  A presentation is simply sharing your knowledge of a topic with others.  Or maybe you would like to perform an interpretive reading. Whatever you do, you will develop the confidence to you feel comfortable being in front of people. Get started now. Your project leaders can help in selecting and preparing your presentation.

Categories: Categories are open to all age groups - Junior, Intermediate, and Senior.

  • Demonstration/Illustrated Talk
  • Science or Engineering Presentation
  • Educational Display Talk
  • Informative Prepared Speech
  • Persuasive Prepared Speech
  • Impromptu Speech
  • Interpretive Reading
  • Share the 4-H Fun Skit
  • Cultural Arts

Why should you participate? Everyone has to speak in public as they grow up - either to share information, or persuade, request engagement of others, or interview for a job. It can be scary, but not if you start young, and/or have the chance to hone these skills before pitching something truly significant (like fulfilling a dream: why you should buy me a puppy, take me to Disneyland, or buy me a car;  OR having to get over a hurdle in a career context: securing a job, or admission to a program, etc.)  This Presentation Event brings together both people who want to present, from kids 5 years old and up, to people who want to practice their interviewing skills at the Interview Contest.

Questions about this event, please contact Angela Apple (anginsanfran2@gmail.com) and Mimi Powers (mimirpowers@aol.com).

Interview Contest and General Information

The Interview Contest gives 4-H members an opportunity to practice the real-life skills needed to apply for a job. Participants prepare a resumé and cover letter for a job in their age category.


  • Junior: Pet Feeder, Leaf Remover, Flag Monitor
  • Intermediate: Pet Attendant, Plant Shop Assistant, Ice Cream Parlor Helper
  • Senior: Produce Stand Attendant, Chemistry Lab Assistant, Bookstore Assistant

Link to 2021 job descriptions: https://ucanr.edu/sites/sfd/files/344996.pdf

Link to 4-H State Interview Contest Manual: http://4h.ucanr.edu/files/51307.pdf

Volunteer Opportunities

Please fill out the appropriate form:

Adult volunteers (judges, interviewers, zoom host): https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=29050

Youth volunteers (room host): https://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=32684

Questions on volunteer opportunities, please contact Angela Apple (anginsanfran2@gmail.com) and Mimi Powers (mimirpowers@aol.com).

Evaluation Results

The results for 4-H presentation, interview contest and junior judging contest will be announced on March 22 just before County Council. Zoom registration is required for this event: https://ucanr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArd-CqrTMiHtTcstks0rgCjLnfL5AS8JB4

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Blue and Gold winners for presentation will be eligible to present at the Regional Presentation Day (April 12 - 24, 2021). Blue and gold winners from the Regional Presentation Day will be eligible to present at the State Presentation Day (May 15 - 22, 2021).