Judging Contests are designed to support the learning that is taking place in a project area. 4-H members learn to compare and become familiar with project equipment and terminology. Judging teaches critical thinking and decision-making skills. These skills are valuable to young people as well as adults as they must make decisions every day. Youth who excel in county contests may advance to compete at the Delaware State Fair.
Judging Contest Guides are available on the Contest and Events page. We encourage all project leaders and 4-H members to review the information related to the many judging contests offered, well in advance of the contest date. These dates can be found on the 22-23 Sussex 4-H Calendar. In addition to the guides, training materials will be available from your county office and online. Preparation for the judging contests is extremely important; learning, researching, and studying should take place over several weeks to several months.
If you have specific questions related to a contest, please reach out to the contest contact listed. If you have general questions, or are unsure of whom to contact, reach out to your county 4-H office.
As a reminder, in order to provide accommodations for youth participants, be sure to communicate any special needs to your county 4-H office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.
Clothing Judging Contest
Contact: Lindsay Hughes, Lgooden@udel.edu
Food Judging Contest
Contest Contact: Kaitlin Klair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Horticulture Judging Contest
Contact: Jenny Trunfio, email@example.com
Photography Judging Contest
Contact: Jill Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildlife Judging Contest
Contact: Kristin Cook, email@example.com
Wood Judging Contest
Contact: Ernie Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org