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Presentation Day (February)


Public speaking is a core skill of the 4-H Youth Development Program. The manual below provides information regarding 4-H presentation guidelines and best practices: CA 4-H Presentation Day Manual



Sunday, February 13, 2022

2:00 - 5:30 PM


Registration due by Feb. 9th @ 5:00 PM

Location:  Hybrid- Virtual/ In person

(*Due to ever-changing health situation, a final decision regarding location will occur by Feb 1)  



***Registration for Presenters! To register, please complete the online survey here:


***Registration for Evaluators is open! It takes many hands for the success of Presentation Day. Please encourage families and senior 4-H members to Register as Evaluators.  

Evaluators: Each club must supply at least 1 evaluator for every 5 entries. Additional evaluators are welcomed, encouraged, and needed. 


(Not needed for 2022) Room Hosts: Each club must supply 1 room host for every 10 entries. Additional room hosts are welcomed, encouraged, and needed.

Questions? Please contact: lvandentoorn@ucanr.edu

What is Presentation Day? Presentation Day is a time to apply your public speaking, highlight your project learnings and deliver info on your interests.  Public speaking continues to be a cornerstone of 4-H.  Over the 120 years of UC 4-H, the presentation program has expanded to include various public speaking formats and opportunities for members to receive feedback from evaluators.  A presentation is a method used to communicate an idea or topic by showing, telling, or expressing your opinion. See the below presentation formats.  
Why Presentation Day?  Giving presentations helps develop many life skills including the ability to speak in front of a group, organize ideas, and create and use graphics to support the spoken word. 



  • is doing
  • is showing how. As you show how, you tell how
  • is where you make something or do something. There is a final product

Illustrated Talk

  • is telling how with the aid of visuals
  • is where you use charts, posters, photos, computer programs, slides, pictures, models, or cut outs
  • Each presentation should have clearly identifiable sections including an introduction, main body, and conclusion. Speakers are strongly encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project work or 4-H activities or spark

Science or Engineering Presentation

  • Science: focuses on making sense of the world by constructing knowledge
  • Engineering: focuses on finding suitable solutions to problems by weighing design choices

Educational Display Talk

  • Organized visual presentation of a program or a concept
  • A display should be designed to convey its message in a limited amount of time

Informative Prepared Speech

  • Speaker writes and delivers their own speech
  • Speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic

Persuasive Prepared Speech

  • Purpose is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue
  • Speak to persuade. Address both sides of the argument

Impromptu Speech

  • Involves speeches that the speaker has developed themselves at the Presentation Day within a three-minute preparation
  • The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event

Interpretive Reading

  • Speakers may read any published written work that is age appropriate and acceptable for use in a public school classroom
  • Examples may include: children's stories, poetry, essays, speeches, articles, and excerpts from novels that stand alone

(NOT 2021) Share the 4-H Fun Skits

  • Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community, pride, citizenship, science, engineering, technology, or other 4-H projects
  • Presentation must include a topic surrounding 4-H

Cultural Arts

  • Individual participants or groups, projects and clubs, perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical, dance, or other such performing art


Evaluation & Awards: If you receive a Gold award at County Presentation Day, you may participate in the Area 4-H Presentation Day. Primary members (ages 5-8), and teams who include a primary member, cannot be evaluated and may not participate in Area or State 4-H Presentation Days.

Setup & Equipment: You are responsible for supplying and setting up all equipment for your presentation. However, you may request specific needs ahead of time- table, easel, whiteboard, outlets, and digital projectors. Presenters are responsible for equipment, such as laptop computers, speakers, cassette/CD plays/radios, etc.

Appearance: Clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriate for the presentation being given, but the 4-H uniform cannot be required. Costumes are appropriate for demonstrations, illustrated talks, science or engineering presentations, share the 4-H fun skits, and cultural arts.

Age Groupings: Members of teams and group presentations (excluding those with Primary members) will be evaluated using the age of the oldest team member.

Multiple Presentations: Presenters may do two (2) of the following presentations - demonstration, educational display talk, illustrated talk, science or engineering presentation, informative prepared speech, persuasive prepared speech, interpretive reading, and impromptu speech. Presenters may do one (1) of the following presentations - share the 4-H fun skit and cultural arts. You may not present multiple presentations in the same category.


Marin, Sonoma, and Napa 4-H Programs offer cross-county enrollment for Presentation Day events, meaning that Marin 4-H youth are eligible to attend Sonoma or Napa's County Presentation Days, if they are unable to attend Marin County Presentation Day. Visiting presenters must provide 1 evaluator for every 3 presentations offered. Visit the links below for registration information. Be sure to review the information on these pages carefully as rules and norms around Presentation Day differ from County to County. 

Presenters awarded a Gold Medal at the County level are eligible to participate at the Bay/Coast Area Presentation Day