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4-H Presentations 2021

Talk to Me! Listen to Me! 4-H Presentations

4-H County Activity Day & District Activity Day (Burke County, West District NC)

What is District Activity Day?

District Activity Day (DAD) is a 4-H Presentation public speaking competition for youth to present information on the topic of their choice. 4-H Presentations are a huge part of North Carolina 4-H. It is one of the most successful way to help a young person learn how to do a public speech. It focuses on members teaching others what they know about a particular project/subject matter. They are sometimes called demonstrations, illustrated talk, or a formal speech. The speech/presentation should be between 5 and 12 minutes. District winners compete at the state level. State winners in sponsored categories receive cash awards! In specific categories, the State-winning seniors may go on to compete at the National level.

Please note that presentations will be done by video this year. You will need to record yourself doing your presentation and then submit it to our county office. The deadline for final county submissions is May 23rd. Early submissions are open now, so we can update and improve prior to the 23rd.

Burke County 4-H will offer youth the opportunity to learn and practice their presentations by having a County Activity Day (CAD) submission deadline. Those that are selected from CAD will then compete at DAD. Please submit all (Burke) County level videos at the below link by May 23rd. Chosen county participants will be notified in early June if their video was submitted for District competition. Chosen District winners will be notified in early July to re-do and re-submit for State Competition by July 12.


Video Tips

  • Hold your phone or tablet horizontal (long ways and NOT up and down).
  • Make sure that you have good lighting. Try using a tripod, table or something to keep your device steady. Stand in front of a simple background (a solid white or black sheet on the wall may work).
  • Have a good distance between you and your camera. Don’t Zoom in. If you need to, move your camera closer instead of zooming.
  • Test your audio. Can you wear a set of earbuds with a microphone to improve your audio? Watch for background noises.

If you would like to record your presentation at our office or via Zoom, contact Nicki Carpenter at 828-764-9480.


All County Activity Day Presentations must be submitted by April 23rd.

Submit (Burke) County Activity Day Presentations Here

All District Activity Day Presentations must be submitted by May 10th.

Submit District Activity Day Presentations Here

Youth MUST be registered in 4-H Online 2.0 to participate.

NC 4-H Presentation Information