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North Carolina 4-H Presentation Guidelines: Open Class

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  • To provide an opportunity to develop skills in organizing, planning, and delivering a 4-H presentation.
  • To provide youth opportunities to present a 4-H presentation in unique subjects that are broader than the traditional subject categories.
  • To add flexibility and broader subject inclusion in the overall presentation program.
  • To promote subject and topic creativity for youth in designing their 4-H presentations.


Individuals or teams may compete. Each county may enter up to two participants in each age division.

  • 8-10 – 4-H’er must be 8 years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their eleventh birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 11-13 – 4-H’er must be eleven years old before January 1 of the current year and not have reached their thirteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year.
  • 14-18 – 4-H’er must be fourteen years of age before January 1 of the current year and not reached their nineteenth birthday before January 1 of the current year. Eligibility: Individuals or teams may compete.

Presentation Ideas

  • Seek advice from 4-H agents, reference materials, and experts in the field of your presentation area.


  • books
  • newspaper articles
  • Extension Bulletins
  • 4-H project manuals
  • school reports
  • other relevant sources of information depending on the subject or topic.

Rules/Regulations: See NC 4-H Presentation Regulations.

Suggestions/Helpful Hints

  • Participants should thoroughly review presentation program areas to determine if their subject matter can be categorized in an existing area.
  • Subject areas should be related to participants’ interests and desire to gain additional knowledge.
  • Since the rules and regulations for this area are limited, it is recommended that youth discuss their presentation ideal with an expert in the field or areas of interest to gain insights and specifics regarding their topic.


  • Judges will review each presentation and complete a judge’s score sheet.
  • Judges will use their own discretion as to whether questions will or will not be asked.
  • The judge’s decisions will be final.