This year, the 4-H Communications Events will be judged on July 11 at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds in the North and South 4-H buildings. Judging will begin at 11:00 a.m. following the church service. The Church Service and Communications Events are open to the public. The four Communications Events that will be judged on July 11 are: Educational Presentations, Working Exhibits, Share-the Fun, and Extemporaneous Speaking.
Educational Presentations are speeches given on a topic of the presenter's choice. A 4-H'er can choose any topic that they know about and in which the audience may be interested. In the past, presentations have been given on technology, citizenship experiences, food preparation, and craft projects. Educational presentations can be given by an individual 4-H'er or as a group. An individual 4-H'er will be allowed 15 minutes to present their speech to the judge and audience. Groups are given 25 minutes. The purpose of Educational Presentations is for 4-H'ers to learn how to research, organize, and present a presentation in front of an audience.
Working Exhibits are more informal than Educational Presentations. They can be done as an individual or as a group. The 4-H'er guides the members of the audience through a learning experience of some kind. The members of the audience should walk away from the exhibit knowing more than before. 4-H'ers can choose any subject for their Working Exhibit, however the best ones involve the audience in doing, feeling, tasting, smelling, creating, or judging. Past topics have included: holiday decorations, taste tests, safety quizzes, greeting cards, party favors, and simple craft projects. Working Exhibits are set-up so that three or more 4-H'ers or groups of 4-H'ers are presenting their exhibits at the same time. The audience is encouraged to go to each exhibit and learn from the 4-H'ers. The purpose of Working Exhibits is for 4-H'ers to learn how to research, organize, and teach others in an informal setting.
Share-the-Fun is a chance for 4-H'ers to perform before an audience purely for the sake of enjoyment. 4-H'ers can enter Share-the-Fun as an individual or a group. Past Share-the-Fun participants have played various instruments, danced, and performed magic tricks. The topics are endless. The purpose of Share-the-Fun is for 4-H'ers to learn how to perform in front of an audience and have fun.
Extemporaneous Speaking is an opportunity for high school aged 4-H'ers to develop quick thinking skills. Contestants choose a topic and have 30 minutes to prepare a presentation. The topics are all related to 4-H and reference materials are available. After 30 minutes, the 4-H'er must give their presentation of 4-6 minutes to the judge and the audience. The purpose of Extemporaneous Speaking is for older 4-H'ers to learn how to think quickly, organize a speech, and speak in front of an audience.
This is a great way to spend a Sunday at the fair. The public is encouraged to come, watch, participate, and enjoy the events. Don't forget, entry into the fair that day is FREE.
If a 4-H'er is interested in participating in the Communication Events, they need to fill out and return an entry form by June 11. Entry forms are available at the Cherokee County Extension Office.
If you would like to know more about 4-H and the various 4-H programs available, please contact Brenda Medick at the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196.
So mark your calendar for July 11th and join us for church and fun beginning at 9:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing many of you then.
Until next time when we learn more about 4-H . . .