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Cabarrus 4-H Local Competitions

Cabarrus County offers a variety of competitions to allow our youth to experience public expression of their talents. Some activities are just held locally, while others allow for youth to progress to district, state and even national levels. See the Calendar of Events for this year’s dates.

Age Classes include Cloverbud (5-7), 8-10, 11-13, 14-18.

Presentations, public speaking, Char-Grill and Entertains will hold district competitions at District Activity Day (the great day once a year where all of our 4-H’ers from across our 19 county district come together to showcase our talents). For 2021, many of these competitions are virtual and some are in person. See details for each.

4-H Entertains Talent Show

Got the performing bug? Love to show your talents? Here’s your chance! . Show everyone how “4-H Entertains!”   Talent Show Registration  Talent video will premier March 19 at 6 p.m on our Cabarrus County YouTube channel. Register in NC 4-H Online by March 15.

Expressive Arts Showcase

Show your creative side – enter an item (or a dozen) into our Expressive Arts Contest. With over 25 categories, there is something for everyone. Entries are due on or before the County Council meeting on April 23 at the 4-H office. Ages 5-18 as of January 1, 2021. This is a great way to prepare items to be entered in the fair. Register in 4-H Online. Items will be showcased with awards displayed at the Downtown 4-H Art Expo during the first week of May.

Public Speaking at County Activity Day

Youth may prepare 5-7 minute speeches on any topic. Speeches include no props, posters or visual aides. See handbook for guidelines. Register in 4-H Online. No need to clarify topic. County Activity Day will be held in person by appointment on May 24-27 and recorded to be submitted to District Activity Day. State competition will also be by video submission.

Presentations at County Activity Day

Share your passion! Design a presentation or demonstration on your favorite things. Research on a specific topic and show what you know. Demonstrate how to do your favorite hobby. Showcase your collection. Ideas are limitless. Choose from 32 different categories, including an Open Class. Anything goes (must be school appropriate) Presentations can include technology, props, posters, and any visual aid. Limited to 6 ft. tablespace. Restrictions apply. See handbook. Register in 4-H Online and select specific topic and logistics for presentations. County Activity Day will be held in person by appointment on May 24-27 and recorded to be submitted to District Activity Day. State competition will also be by video submission.

Char-Grill at Activity Day

Love to grill? Want to learn more? Have a favorite recipe to show off? Char-Grill is the perfect fit! A spin on traditional presentations, youth can present their knowledge of food safety and kitchen skills through a grilling competition. Youth will have space for a pop-up tent and all of their wares needed to showcase the recipe. Choose from turkey, beef, chicken, or pork for recipes. Restrictions apply. See handbook. Cabarrus County may have competition to determine who will represent us at District Activity Day in person at Rowan County Extension, June 25. Register in 4-H Online. Choose turkey, beef, chicken or pork char-grill. Restrictions apply. See Handbook for specific meat selection.

Find details about specific categories in the 2021 4-H Awards Handbook