4-H Department

*All exhibitors must be at least 8 years old AND in 3rd grade by September 1, 2018 

For 4-H exhibits you may also refer to State Fair of Oklahoma Competitive Exhibitors Handbook available at OSU Extension Office.

Premiums for all 4-H Divisions are as follows;

 1st - $4.00; 2nd - $3.50; 3rd - $3.00; 4th - $2.50; 5th - $2.00.



Division 400

Communication Arts Division

4-H Poster-Art Exhibit Guidelines

Poster must be constructed on poster board any size up to 14” x 22” (of a poster board). They may be horizontal or vertical. Poster may be produced by any medium- watercolor, ink, crayon, acrylic, charcoal, collage, computer, etc.  Poster must be flat. Do not use three-dimensional pieces on posters.  Copyrighted or trademarked cartoon characters or other designs must not be used due to copyright problems involved. For display purposes, exhibitors are encouraged to heat laminate all posters or cover them with clear plastic. Posters must be signed and dated on the back in permanent marker before laminating. Text must be readable from at least 10 feet. The 4-H member’s name, age before January 1st, 2018, full address, county and a statement that describes the poster should be on the back of the poster in the upper left-hand corner.

Note: Posters must include 4-H Clover or mention 4-H. When using the official clover with H’s, the tail should curve to the right and the words 18 U.S.C. 707 must appear under the lower right leaflet unless poster and clover are hand-drawn.


BEGINNER – AGES 9 THROUGH 11

01. 4-H promotional poster designed to recruit 4-H members, volunteers, promote any 4-H event or promote any 4-H project

02. Poster designed to promote 4-H and using the national campaign, “4-H Grows Here”.

03. Poster recognizing or documenting one of the following: Oklahoma 4-H history during one decade or the evolution of a particular 4-H project area over the decades.

INTERMEDIATE – AGES 12 THROUGH 14

04. 4-H promotional poster designed to recruit 4-H members, volunteers, promote any 4-H event or promote any 4-H project including Competition Ethics.

05. Poster designed to promote 4-H and using the national campaign, “4-H Grows Here”.

06. Poster recognizing or documenting one of the following: Oklahoma 4-H history during one decade or the evolution of a particular 4-H project area over the decades.

ADVANCED – AGES 15 AND OVER

07. 4-H promotional poster designed to recruit 4-H members, volunteers, promote any 4-H event or promote any 4-H project including Competition Ethics

08. Poster designed to promote 4-H and using the national campaign, “4-H Grows Here”.

09. Poster recognizing or documenting one of the following: Oklahoma 4-H history during one decade or the evolution of a particular 4-H project area over the decades.




Division 401

4- H Educational Displays

Premiums for Educational Displays are: 1st $10, 2nd $8.00 3rd $6.00

This must be an in-depth look at a 4-H project or projects. Space for the booth is 3’ deep and 4’ wide (with sides extended for display). Back is 4’ high. Display must be free standing. Models, photographs, posters or other means or display may be used. Display may be prepared by an individual or group from a county. Display must focus on ONE of the following and be suitable for display at a local business during national 4-H Week or at another time.


01. Promotion of a specific 4-H project area (member recruitment, current youth issues, event, etc.)

02. Community Service

03. The national campaign “4-H Grows Here”.

EXHIBIT IN THIS SECTION MUST PROMINENTLY DISPLAY A 4-H CLOVER OR MENTION 4-H. When using the official cover with H’s, the tail should curve to the right and the words 18 U.S.C. 707 must appear under the lower right leaflet, except for hand drawn clovers. For more information on proper use of the 4-H clover please refer to http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/4h-nameand-emblem.  Do not include valuables, food items that will spoil or potentially harmful products in any educational display.


04. Educational Booth Display (other than community service or “4-H Grows Here”). Display may be project area, member recruitment, current youth issue, event, etc.

05. Community Service Booth Display – Sharing about a community secure that a 4-H member or county 4-H group has done. Should include pictures, examples and scope of the projects. The impact of others will be an added criterion for judging. Project should be the extension of a 4-H project area.

06. Display using the national campaign “4-H Grows Here”.




Division 402

4-H Photography

These exhibits consist of photos taken by the individual exhibitors. A photo can be entered only one year. Individuals can exhibit in only one level, and may enter only one exhibit per class in that level. Level 1 is for members who have beginning skill level.  Level 2 is for those who have intermediate skill level. Level 3 is for those who have advanced skill level. Age is before September 1 of the current calendar year.

DIGITAL PHOTOS may be entered. Adjustments to digital photographs are limited to color and contrast adjustments, cropping, gray scaling, exposure adjustments, and red eye reduction (with the exception of classes 25 - 28)

PRINTS: Black and white or color prints may be exhibited. Prints must be no smaller than 4” x 6” and no larger than 5” x 7” (except when panoramic prints are used) for all classes, except classes 5, 10, 14, 18, and 22 where prints may be up to 8” x 10”. Prints should be printed on photo-quality paper (not copy paper). Print quality is taken into consideration by the Judges. Photos will be

disqualified if in a frame.

TITLES, CAPTIONS AND OTHER REQUIRED INFORMATION: On the front of the board there must be a title (i.e. My Trip To the Zoo, or My Favorite Photo) and each photo must have a caption giving the viewer more information about the photograph. The back of each board must include the exhibitor’s name, county, number of years in the 4-H photography project, camera type (digital SLR, smart phone, digital point and shoot or 35 mm film), and mega pixels (if

camera is digital)

BOARDS: Prints must be securely attached to the surface of a single black or white (not colored) poster board, foam core, or mat board. Photos will be disqualified if on regular printing paper or cardstock. No double matting, use of multiple layers or more than one color. The entire print must be seen and cannot be masked in any way. Board must be 14” x 14” for all classes. Each

board must have a title. The back of each board must contain the exhibitor’s name and county and number of years in the 4-H photography project.



PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS

Level 1: FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY Level 1 is for members who have beginning skill level

JUNIOR CLASSES: Ages 9-13 (for members with beginning skill level).

01. Four (4) photos, one from each of the following categories: people, animals, plant life and scenery.

02. Four (4) photos of people doing different things, showing a variety of activities, camera angles and lighting choices.

03. Four otherwise outstanding photos showing common mistakes in picture taking. The caption for each print must correctly identify what is wrong and provide an appropriate solution to prevent the mistake.

04. Series of four photos telling a story or illustrating a single event.

05. Best individual photo made this year.

SENIOR CLASSES: Ages 14 & Over (For members with beginning skill level).

06. Four (4) photos, one from each of the following categories: people, animals, plant life and scenery.

07. Four (4) photos of people doing different things, showing a variety of activities, camera angles and lighting choices.

08. Four otherwise outstanding photos showing common mistakes in picture taking. The caption for each print must correctly identify what is wrong and provide an appropriate solution to prevent the mistake.

09. Series of four photos telling a story or illustrating a single event.

10. Best individual photo made this year.

Level 2: CONTROLLING THE IMAGE

Level 2 is for members who have intermediate skill level

JUNIOR CLASSES: Ages 9-13 (for members who have intermediate skill level)

11. Four (4) photos showing good composition, placement of subject, framing, contrast or perspective. The caption on each photo or the title of the board must explain the ideas being illustrated. (See special rule on captions.)

12. Four (4) Action Photos showing use of film speed or digital ISO, please include the film speed or digital ISO, shutter speed and aperture (if the camera is adjustable)

13. Four (4) photos showing effect (lighting, media, techniques and processes). The caption for each photo or the title of board must explain the ideas being illustrated.

14. Best individual photo made this year.

SENIOR CLASSES: Ages 14 and over (for members who have intermediate skill level)

15. Four (4) photos showing good composition, placement of subject, framing, contrast or perspective. The caption on each photo or the title of the board must explain the ideas being illustrated.

16. Four (4) Action Photos showing use of

film speed of digital ISO, please include the

film speed or digital ISO, shutter speed and

aperture (if the camera is adjustable).

17. Four (4) photos showing effect (lighting,

media, techniques and processes). The

caption for each photo or the title of board

must explain the ideas being illustrated.

18. Best individual photo made this year.

Level 3: MASTERING PHOTOGRAPHY –

All Ages

Level 3 is for members who advanced skill

level

19. Four photos showing members’ knowledge

of one of the following: different lenses,

photo lamps, existing light, filters or special

effects. The caption for each photo or the title

of the board must explain the idea(s) being

illustrated.

20. Four outstanding “people” pictures.

21. Four landscape or nature photos.

22. Best individual photo taken this year

DIGITALLY ADJUSTED PHOTOS

Exhibit must include both the original

photo labeled “original photo”, the digitally

adjusted photo labeled “adjusted photo”,

with a short summary of what was done

(cropping, red-eye removal, color or contrast

adjustment, gray scaling, exposure adjustment,

etc.) Must be on a single black or

white poster board, form core or mat board

14” x 14”.Class

23. Junior – 9 to 13 years old

24. Senior – 14 and over

Digitally altered photographic illustration taken with

a digital camera by the exhibitor - Alterations are beyond

common Photography techniques of red eye removal, cropping,

etc. Exhibit includes a print of the original photograph

labeled “original photo”, and the digitally altered image labeled

“photographic illustration”. Must be on a single black

or white poster board, form core or mat board 14” x 14”. Attach

up to ½ page of written explanation of the alterations

to the back of the exhibit.

Class

25. Junior – 9 to 13 years old

26. Senior – 14 and over

Digitally altered scanned image - Exhibit must include

the original image labeled “original image”, and the digitally

altered image labeled “altered image”. Alterations are

beyond common photography techniques of red eye removal,

cropping, etc. Must be on a single black or white poster

board, form core or mat board 14” x 14”. Attach up to ½ page

of written explanation of alterations to the back of the exhibit.

Trademark Images may not be used.

Class

27. Junior – 9 to 13 years old

28. Senior – 14 and over

Division 403

Expressive Arts

Juniors – Ages 9 – 13

Seniors – Ages 14 and over

This exhibit will consist of small articles in the 4-H Leisure

Education and Cultural Arts Projects. The articles exhibited

in this section are items other than required of the

Woodworking projects. One exhibit per class. Exhibits must

be permanently signed and dated in an inconspicuous location,

if size and material permits. Ceramics should be signed

before firing. Each exhibit must have a card or label showing

names of exhibit, age, address and class number. Judge or

judging committee may mark exhibit with fair and year if

not signed and dated. All paintings, pictures, wall hanging,

etc. must have wire or other hangers so they can be hung

properly.

01. Jr. Fine Art – Pencil, charcoal, pastels, chalk, ink

02. Sr. Fine Art – Pencil, charcoal, pastels, chalk, ink

03. Jr. Fine Art – Watercolor

04. Sr. Fine Art - Watercolor

05. Jr. Fine Art - Oil or Acrylic

06. Sr. Fine Art – Oil or Acrylic

07. Jr. Ceramics - glazed (maximum of one piece)

08. Sr. Ceramics – glazed (maximum of one piece)

09. Jr. Ceramics – stained (maximum of one piece)

10. Sr. Ceramics – stained (maximum of one piece)

11. Jr. Pottery - original design made from clay using a

process of hand molding on a potter’s wheel

12. Sr. Pottery – original design made from clay using a

process of hand molding on a potter’s wheel

13. Jr. Print Process Article – block printing and other

printing methods.

14. Sr. Print Process Article – block printing and other

printing methods.

15. Jr. Nature Craft – Article made from natural

materials including weaving or basket making

16. Sr. Nature Craft – Article made from natural

materials including weaving or basket making

17. Jr. Bead Craft Article

18. Sr. Bead Craft Article

19. Jr. Leather craft – Kit

20. Sr. Leather craft - Kit

21. Jr. Leather craft – Original Design

22. Sr. Leather craft – Original Design

23. Jr. Handcrafted Wax Candle

24. Sr. Handcrafted Wax Candle

25. Jr. Handcrafted Gel Candle

26. Sr. Handcrafted Gel Candle

27. Jr. Puppet

28. Sr. Puppet

29. Jr. Paper Craft

30. Sr. Paper Craft

31. Jr. Plastic Craft – Includes but not limited to Lego ™

Art. If Lego™ Art is entered, it must be glued.

32. Sr. Plastic Craft – Includes but not limited to Lego ™

Art. If Lego™ Art is entered, it must be glued.

33. Jr. Duct Tape Craft

34. Sr. Duct Tape Craft

35. Jr. Miscellaneous (limited to items that cannot be entered

into any other class).

36. Sr. Miscellaneous (limited to items that cannot be entered

into any other class).

Division 404

Technology Division

4-H Technology Exhibits

Juniors – Ages 9 – 13

Seniors – Ages 14 and over

The 4-H technology exhibits are open to all ages. Every

exhibit must be labeled on the back with the following information:

Name, club, county and age before January 1 and

date poster was made. Copy written materials such as professional

photos, books, publications or items on the internet

should not be used as original. Exhibits displayed as posters

must be constructed on poster board 14” x 22” (1/2 of poster

board). They may be horizontal or vertical. Posters will

be judged on (1) education idea portrayed (2) public appeal

and (3) creative and original ability presented. Promotional

exhibits in this section must include an official 4-H Clover

or mention 4-H. For more information on proper use of the

4-H clover please refer to http://4h.okstate.edu/educators/

4-h-name-and-emblem.

FLAT FLYER (one-sided) designed by the exhibitor to promote

a club or county 4-H education program or activity.

Computer-generated flat flyer (8 ½” x11” or 8 ½” x14”). Flat

flyers should be securely attached to an appropriately sized

foam core or poster board.

01. Junior 02. Senior

BROCHURE, card or invitation related to 4-H (double-,

tri-, or four-fold measuring 8 ½”x11” or 8 ½” x14” before folding.)

Attach two flat copies to the brochure (one side showing

the front and the other side showing the back of the brochure)

to an appropriately sized foam core or poster board

no larger than 14” x 22”. Attach a large envelope to the back

of the board and insert a folded copy of the brochure.

03. Junior 04. Senior

POWER POINT PRESENTATION related to 4-H. Presentation

should either promote 4-H or educate about a 4-H

project. Presentations should include an official 4-H Clover

including required trademark designation. Presentation

entry includes a printout of at least five slides and script/

presentation notes in a folder or notebook. Include presentation

file in a labeled CD (in an envelope). All Power Point

presentations should be mounted on a free standing display

board not to exceed 36” by 36” when the sides are extended

for display. Commercially available “Science Fair Presentation

boards” are encouraged.

05. Junior 06. Senior

DIGITAL MEDIA Submit a video (maximum of 1 minute)

designed for social media use on STEM projects. The video

must be in an .MP4 format and submitted on a flash drive.

Video may only contain first names of the participants and

participants must have a signed media release form on file

in their county 4-H office (found on the back of the 4-H enrollment

card.)

07. Junior 08. Senior

GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS (GPS)/GEOGRAPHIC

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) EXHIBITS

• 4-H Youth will learn about Geographic Information

Systems (GIS) concepts by collecting data on a location, describing

attributes

• Every exhibit must be labeled on the back with the

following information: Name, Club, County, Age before September

1 and date poster, map or exhibit was made.

• Posters/Maps must be 14” x 22” – ½ of a poster board

with a 4-H Clover. Exhibitors are encouraged to laminate all

posters or cover them with clear plastic film. Maps may be

affixed to poster board. The map itself doesn’t have to be the

full 14” x 22”

• Displays must be free standing and not be larger

than 3’ x 3’ (width x depth) with sides extended for display.

Poster showing the parts of a GIS map with an explanation

identifying the purpose of each item.

09. Junior (9-13) 10. Seniors (14 and over)

Display illustrating how GPS works, including the user,

control and space segments of the system.

11. Junior (9-13)

12. Seniors (14 and over)

Geocache Box. Exhibit would include geocache box

with contents, description and photograph of the location

in which box will be located. (Check Geocashing.com for instructions

on placing and describing)

13. Junior (9-13)

14. Senior (14 and over)

Hand Drawn Map. Map can either be informational or

directional. Attach a one page explanation of the purpose

for the map.

15. Junior (9-13)

16. Senior (14 and over)

Computer generated map. Map can be either informational

or directional. Attach a one page explanation of the

purpose for the map.

17. Junior (9-13)

18. Senior (14 and over)

Group Projects

(Developed by two or more 4-H members)

Computer Generated Map. Map can be either informational

or directional. Attach a one page explanation of the

purpose for the map.

19. Juniors (9-13)

20. Senior (14 and over)

Club or County Mapping Project Display

21. Displays must be free standing and are limited to 36”

x 36” (width x depth) when sides are extended. Commercially

available “Science Fair Presentation Boards” are encouraged.

It should show and explain the project in detail

including printouts of maps, pictures of the project being

done, who has collaborated with, and how the project results

have and will be utilized. Exhibit must be labeled on

the back with the following information for all participating

members: Name, Club, county, Age before January 1 and

date poster or exhibit was made.

4-H ROBOTICS

The goal of the 4-H robotics program is for 4-H members

to explore science, technology and engineering through designing

and building a functioning robot. The robot can be

either programmable or remote controlled. The robot can be

created by an individual or a group. The 4-H robotics exhibits

are open to all ages. They will be judged separately in

two (2) age groups. Juniors (9-13 year olds) and Seniors (14

& over). Every exhibit must be labeled on the back with the

following information: Name, Club, County, Age as of January

1, 2018 and date exhibit was made. Attach a 3”x5” index

card to each robot/exhibit, explaining: Construction material,

how constructed and goal of project, Year in project,

Age of member(s), Whether or not made from kit and Other

pertinent information. Each exhibit should have a one page

report explaining the function, purpose and construction of

the robot. Displays must be free standing and are limited to

3’ x 3’ (width X depth) when sides are extended for display.

PROGRAMMABLE ROBOT

22. Junior (9-13)

23. Senior (14 and over)

REMOTE-CONTROLLED ROBOT

24. Junior (9-13)

25. Senior (14 and over)

Display with photographs and explanation of a member

developed robot which is not available for exhibit

26. Junior (9 – 13)

27. Senior (14 and over)

Projects Group Developed by two (2) or more 4-H

members working together

(include all 4-H members’ information involved on

index card)

28. Programmable Robot

29. Remote-controlled Robot

30. Display with photographs and explanation of a member

developed robot which is not available for exhibit.

SIMPLE MACHINES

MARSHMALLOW CATAPULT challenge design task –

Design requirements: Design a trebuchet-style swing arm

catapult. It may be similar to a teeter-totter or swing set.

The beam (arm) is able to swing (go up and down). The arm

of the catapult must be adjustable from the center to an offset

(One side of the beam is longer from center pivot point).

Use at least five (5) different types of materials or parts

(craft sticks, brads, dowels, etc.). Use weights and gravity

as a power source. Launch a marshmallow at least six (6)

feet. Reference: National 4-H Curriculum, Junk Drawer Robotics,

Level 1. Attach a 3” x 5” index card explaining how

you built and tested your catapult. Chart your marshmallow

launches.

31. Junior (9-13)

32. Senior (14 and over)

WIND TURBINE – Use the 2011 National Science Experiment

Youth Guide to design, build and test your own wind

generator. Wind generators must be homemade and not

built from a kit. Test your turbine with a multi meter and

report your results on a 3” x 5” index card attached to your

turbine. http://www.4-h.org/4-h-national-youth-scienceday/

pastexperimentsarchives/

33. Junior (9-13)

34. Seniors (14 and over)

Division 405

Science Discovery Projects

The goal of this project and exhibit is to allow 4-H members

to use the Scientific Method to gain an understanding

of how things work and the variables that affect them, take

an open and creative approach to problem solving, learn

that a successful outcome is based not on personal opinion

but on scientific fact, and improve written and visual communication

skills. 4-H members are encouraged to use their

4-H projects as the basis of their scientific research and discovery

project. Exhibits should relate to one of the following

topics: behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Medicine

and Health Sciences; botany and Zoological Sciences;

Computer Science, Earth and Space sciences, Engineering,

Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Science.

Displays must be free standing and are limited to 36”

x 36” when sides are extended.

01. Beginning division (9-11 year olds) – A display illustrating

a project

02. Intermediate division (12-14 year olds) – A display

with an accompanying report of approximately two typewritten

pages.

03. Advanced division (15 and over) – A display and written

report about the project that includes an interview with

a scientist or someone who works in the area that is being

studied.

04. Team Exhibit (all ages) – Team may include a maximum

of three (3) members - A display and a written report

about the project. It is recommended that it include an interview

with a scientist or someone who works in the area

that is being studied. Reports should be three (3) to five (5)

pages in length.