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State Contests and Awards

Idaho 4-H recognizes significant achievement by 4-H teens with statewide awards in areas from horsemanship to leadership to sewing.

Public Speaking Contest

The state Public Speaking Contest is held in conjunction with 4-H Teen Conference in June. Contestants must attend Teen Conference to compete. 

Winners will be eligible to attend the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado, in January. 

Review the rules and register using the contest brochure.

Horse Contests

Are you ready to advance your skills in Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl and Oral Presentations? Eligible Idaho 4-H horse project members may compete in state level events held annually in July. 

Save the dates: July 8 and 9, 2016, Lewiston. 

All contests will be held in accordance with the Idaho Youth Contest Horse Guidelines.

Livestock Skill-a-thon Contest

The Livestock Skill-a-thon is an opportunity for young people to blend knowledge and skills from livestock judging, demonstrations, care and exhibition of animals into one activity. 

It provides teens with no opportunity for livestock ownership to learn about the importance of livestock and their products to the environment, expanding their knowledge and participation. 

In addition, it is an opportunity to recognize members for their total involvement in and comprehension in the livestock industry, instilling ethical values, good sportsmanship and evaluation skills.

State Livestock Judging Contest

This contest provides an opportunity for youth to put their livestock evaluation and oral reasons skills to work. The contest is held annually on the Saturday after Labor Day during the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot.

Youth must qualify as a team in a county qualifying event. Open to all youth ages 8–18. Youth participate in age divisions.

Winners in the senior division will be eligible to represent Idaho at the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado in January.

Review the rules to help get a team ready to compete!

Wool Contest

The Promotion Division of the Idaho Wool Growers offers awards to 4-H members who make garments from wool fabric or yarn at the basic and advanced levels. 

Contestants receive judging at the county level on construction and fit (style revue or interview) and at the state level on construction and their Wool Contest Portfolio.

Contest rules and requirements are published each year in the Wool Contest brochure. Brochures and entry forms are also available from your UI Extension county office. 

District and state winners will be announced and displayed at the State Leaders' Forum. District and state winners receive cash awards.

Super Shopper

The EISF 4-H Super Shopper Contest is a competitive state level event. 4-H’ers practice making decisions based on information about a situation and four available marketplace options. 

Participants compare personal decisions with the decisions from a panel of judges who are knowledgeable about today’s marketplace and its various goods and services. 

For more information, contact Julie Buck at (208) 236-7307 or

Idaho 4-H Key Award

The Idaho 4-H Key Award recognizes 4-H members who achieve significant leadership in their 4-H club and county. The award encourages project growth, a broad program of 4-H activities over the years, and the development of outstanding citizens. 

County awards committees review the applications to determine awards. UI Extension county staff members submit the names of the Key Award winners to the state 4-H Youth Development office. There is no due date, so names may be submitted at any time.

Each recipient is presented a key lapel pin and certificate at a countywide event. The wearer of the Idaho 4-H Key can be proud of his or her contribution to club and community.

Idaho Horsemanship Award

The Idaho Horsemanship Award tests knowledge and skills in horsemanship. It honors the most talented youth riders in Idaho. The award sets high goals for youths and recognizes citizenship and leadership.

Any youth enrolled in an organized horse program who is age 14 by Jan. 1 and not more than age 19 during the calendar year may apply. We recommend having participated in the 4-H Horsemanship program or other organized groups such as Scouts, breed associations or pony clubs.

4-H Headquarters

University of Idaho Extension, 4-H Youth Development

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Mailing Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321

Fax: (208) 885-4637


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