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4-H Events

Program Contact: Jenny W. Loyd, 4-H Program Coordinator
(509) 574-1600 •


Central Washington State Fair 4-H Department Exhibit Information and Entry Form.  Click Here

Public Presentations

Call the Extension office to schedule your presentation!

Several dates and times are available to meet your schedules.

Public Presentation Guidelines

Member manual #EM4787E, How to Make a 4-H Public Presentation is available in the Extension Office.  Guides and score sheets are available for download by going to

  1. Title: Choose a short, interesting title that gives a hint of the subject of your demonstration but doesn’t tell the whole story.
  2. Introduction: A good introduction will get your audience interested in your demonstration.
    1. Be sure to introduce yourself.
    2. Tell your audience why you want to demonstrate this thing.
    3. Tell your audience how important it is for them to learn what you are doing and what you are going to demonstrate.
    4. If your method will save time and effort, explain how much time and effort can be saved.
    5. If your demonstration will show people a way to save money, explain how much they can save by doing it your way.
    6. Explain how easy it is to do it this way.
    7. Originality is good – use your own creativity. For example, you may want to use a question to begin your demonstration.
  3. Body: The body is the part of the demonstration in which you tell and show how to do something.
    1. Have your steps in a logical order and show all the steps as you tell and show how to do something.
    2. In each step tell what you are doing, how you are doing it and why you are doing it.
    3. Talk about what you do, rather than do what you talk about.
  4. Summary: In the summary, review briefly the important parts of your presentation.
    1. There are generally two or three main points and you can briefly summarize the details on these points. Don’t re-state your entire demonstration.
    2. Exhibit your finished product, if you have one.
    3. Have recipes, materials or plans available to hand out.
    4. Tell where you got your reference material and information.
    5. Ask for questions. For example: “This concludes my presentation.  Are there any questions?”  Be sure to repeat the question before answering.
    6. Conclusion of the question period, thank the audience for their attention.
  5. In a Presentation:
    1. Use your own words and speak clearly.
    2. There is no need to memorize your presentations. Cue cards with only key words may be used.
    3. Look at the audience and talk to them. Speak in a conversational tone.
    4. Let the audience see plainly every step of the demonstration. Be careful not to place things between the audience and you.  Have a table beside you on which you keep extra equipment.
    5. Tell where you obtained your information.
    6. If you don’t know the answer to a question, rather than give the wrong answer, you could say that you do not know the answer, but you will try and find it.
    7. Charts must be neat and should be printed. Use dark lettering that is visible at 20 feet.
    8. Display charts only when you are talking about the subject that is on the chart.
    9. Dress appropriately for the task you are doing. Always be neat and clean.
    10. Avoid chewing gum. It is difficult to speak clearly with gum in your mouth.
    11. Be enthusiastic and SMILE!!

WA State 4-H Fair – Puyallup Opportunities “In Person” and “Virtual”

Interested in participating, contact Bonnie or Jenny 509-574-1600,

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