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4-H Youth Development

Kansas State 4-H Office
201 Umberger Hall
1612 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5800
785-532-5981 fax
kansas4h@ksu.edu

Resource Page for 4-H Judges

4-H events and fairs are often used to provide youth with opportunities to have their work judged against a set of standards. The evaluation of an exhibit should be a positive and motivating part of the total 4-H experience.  To plan, practice, and present a finished product is to “learn by doing.”  The exhibit is not an end in itself, nor does it illustrate all of the learning that has taken place during the 4-H year.

An important goal of 4-H is to teach skills to young people that they can use now, as a youth, and in later life.  Standards of excellence help 4-H’ers to evaluate the skills they are learning.  Standards of excellence can be useful for products (skirts, cookies, tomatoes, livestock, etc.) and skills (speaking, decision making, demonstrating, etc.). 

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