4-H Competitions

4-H Competitions

Get ready! Get Set!


Here is a list of upcoming 4-H Competitions and their deadlines.

Students at a lecture to discuss horses.
State 4-H Hippology Contest, April 7 & 8

The State Hippology Contest goes hand in hand with the Horse Judging Contest, because Hippology entrants will be in the Horse Judging contest to judge some of the same classes as the judging entrants. A thorough explanation of the logistics for the 2-day event is linked from the Hippology page,
Hippology is an in depth, but fun contest which really tests what youth know about horses. If your Horse project youth and leaders are not familiar with it, the best way to learn is to come enter and experience it, then plan to come back next year ready to compete!

The entry deadline for Hippology is this Friday, May 23!
Checking this 13-year-old stallion’s dental hygiene.


State 4-H Judging Contests for Animal Sciences Programs

To keep this from getting too long, this is just a summary of dates & deadlines. Please refer to this link for links to the full details for each event.


Horse Judging April 7 March 30
Livestock Judging April 14 April 6
Meats Judging April 21 April 13
Poultry Judging May 3 April 20

New this year, the State 4-H Poultry Judging Contest will be similar to the others in that it will be held in conjunction with the State FFA CDE for Poultry Judging. A summary of the new contest day logistics is posted here. The rest of the details for the contest and registration information will be updated by the end of this week.

Each contest has different entry allowances. But for all contests, a group of 3 or 4 members may compete as a team for team awards (and individual awards). If there are not enough for a team, individuals may enter and be eligible for only individual awards. If multiple counties have individual entrants, we might ask coaches/agents if those individuals want to join together to compete as a team

4-H Competitions - hog judging
Students judging pigs at the Animal Sciences Meat and Livestock Judging Clinic. Swine, meat science, pork. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones.
Florida 4-H Hog & Ham

Eligible participants for the 2018 Hog & Ham program likely know that applications are due this Friday, March 23. But we wanted to make sure to include it in the list of reminders so you can keep tabs on everything. Only youth who attended the January workshop, or those who completed the 2017 program, are eligible to apply. The application form and more Hog & Ham details are posted here.

Follow-up questions should be directed to Chad Carr, chadcarr@ufl.edu.



4-H Competitions BBQ chicken
Chicken being cooked on a grill Photo taken by Camila Guillen
Florida 4-H Tailgate Contests

The third annual series of Tailgate contests has regional events scheduled from April through June. This is an excellent, well supported contest which offers significant award scholarships. You can find a quick introduction to the contest and the regional competition dates here,
Complete detailed information
is on the 4-H website,
Follow-up questions should be directed to Chad Carr, chadcarr@ufl.edu.

If you’d like more information about these or other 4-H competitions, contact Genevieve Mendoza, 4-H agent or Josh Mathews, 4-H Assistant at (352) 486-5161.

To keep up with what’s happening with Levy County read 4-H Connections on this blog. It has all the up-to-date happenings and opportunities for our clubs.


Posted: March 22, 2018

Category: 4-H & Youth
Tags: 4-H Competitions, Levy County Extension

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