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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

785-532-5981 fax

Interested in Judging?

Adults interested in judging county and state 4-H projects, including animal exhibits (livestock, horse, dog, rabbit, etc. shows), static exhibits, communications and 4-H Day events, are invited to register for the Kansas 4-H Judges Database. By completing the online judges registration process, you are agreeing to be screened according to the Kansas 4-H Code of Conduct and policy. Once the screening process is complete, your information will be made available to local extension units. Staff interested in hiring you to judge will contact you directly.


This 4-H Judge Registration system is open until September 30th, 2024 at 11:59 PM and will re-open again on July 1, 2025. 

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.).