Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Learning + Fun + Extra Cash = 4-H Judging

Yesterday I spent the day judging at the 4-H Exhibit Day at the Hancock County Fair in Britt, Iowa.  I judged several project areas including Visual Arts, Poster Art, Child Development, Consumer Management, Health, Leadership, Citizenship, and Self-Determined.

I've been judging 4-H communication contests and county fairs for the last eight years.  I love learning new things from the 4-Hers and coming home with fun ideas.  Another added perk is that it is a nice way to get some extra spending cash.

I feel like 4-H helped shape me to be the person I am today, and by judging, it is one way of giving back to the organization.  I hope I have encouraged 4-Hers I have evaluated to explore their interests and educate themselves more in those areas.  By doing those things I believe I have helped strengthen their life skills of leadership, communication and citizenship.

If you are from Iowa and are interested in becoming a 4-H judge, right now is the perfect time to start!  Starting in October, there will be Judges Trainings in Ames, Calmar, Marion, Storm Lake, Iowa City, Algona, Carson and Osceola, through March.  Judges Training builds knowledge and skills needed for a quality judging experience.  It also gives you an opportunity to practice before direct interaction with 4-Hers.  For experienced judges, the training provides revised and updated resources.

Are you a 4-H Judge - why do you enjoy judging?  Are you interested in becoming a 4-H Judge - what questions do you have about judging?


  1. I had no idea you had to go through judges training to judge in 4-H. I am originally from Alberta, Canada but now life in Iowa. I was really involved in 4-H and would love to get more involved again. I might have to look into this.

  2. Judging is a great way of getting back involved with 4-H. I encourage you to check out the dates and locations of the trainings and attend one.

    Thanks for checking out my blog from Sara's All in an Iowa Mom's Day! blog.

    Hope you are loving living in Iowa!

  3. Where do I go to become a 4-H judge in South Central PA please?

    1. Sandra, sorry for just now getting to your question. I would contact your county 4-H Leader or check out this list of state employees: