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4-H Contests and Events

Through 4-H, youth are provided opportunities to develop their unique talents and capabilities. The basis of 4-H is "Learning by Doing." 4-H provides opportunities for both training (learning) and practice (doing). Through this process, young people develop life skills that are relevant now and in the future.  Youth who develop life skills become self-directed, productive, contributing citizens.

A variety of 4-H competitions enable 4-H members to practice and perfect the life skills they learn through their projects. Click below for more specific information.

This contest held during January allows 4-H'ers to present a speech on any topic. Speeches range from 5 to 7 minutes. Winners can advance to district and state competition. The Shenandoah County 4-H All Stars sponsor this contest and provide awards.

This contest held during February features demonstrations and illustrated talks based on the 4-H'ers project work. Presentations can be up to 15 minutes in length. Winners can advance to district and state competition. The Shenandoah County 4-H All Stars sponsor this contest and provide awards.

Share-the-Fun is a talent show for 4-H members which helps them develop poise and confidence in themselves and gives them the chance to learn many aspects of the entertainment field.  Categories of competition include:  vocal, instrumental, dance, drama, variety, and combination.  The show is free and open to the public.

The County 4-H Council plans and sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt for 4-H members. 

The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. It will be held at the Shenandoah County Government Center (Clock Tower Entrance), 600 North Main Street, in Woodstock. Click here to register.

2024 Easter Egg Hunt Flier

County winners in Public Speaking, Presentations, and Share-the-Fun are eligible to compete against 4-H'ers from other counties in our district. This contest is held at the end of April each year.

The District Contest will be held on April 13, 2024, at the Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville.

The Shenandoah County 4-H Bike-A-Thon is a way for 4-H'ers to raise money to attend 4-H camps and activities.

The 41st Annual 4-H Bike-A-Thon will be held on April 28 2024, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Government Center, 600 North Main Street, Woodstock.  Meet at Entrance # 1 (Clock Tower entrance). Registration at 1:00 p.m. Rain date is May 5.

Click here to register.

2024 Bike-A-Thon Packet
Health History Form


The annual June is Dairy Month poster contest follows a set theme that helps promote milk and milk products and their importance to human health. Posters are due in the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension on June 3.

June is Dairy Month Poster Contest Flier

4-H Congress is the annual statewide premier 4-H event for outstanding 4-H teen and adult volunteer leaders. Its mission is to provide competitive and non-competitive educational experiences to Virginia teens and the adults who work with them, helping them to develop life skills and leadership abilities to become contributing citizens in their communities. Senior members who have won in county level contests are eligible to compete at State Congress, although any senior 4-H'er is eligible to attend.

State 4-H Congress will be held from June 27-30, 2023.

Shenandoah County's 4-H Achievement Night takes place in November to recognize the special achievements from the past 4-H program year.

      Achievement Night - November 18, 2023

            2023 Special Recognition Listing
            2023 Medal Winners            

            2022 Special Recognition Listing
            2022 Medal Winners

            2021 Special Recognition Listing
            2021 Medal Winners