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 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?