Sign Up to Judge in 2024!
Adults interested in judging county and state 4-H projects, including live animal shows, static exhibits, and contests need to complete the Judges Sign Up Form. By completing the online process, you are agreeing to be screened according to the 4-H Youth Safety Policy, verifying your receipt of the UNL Activity Worker Guidelines, and signing the 4-H Code of Conduct. Once the screening process is complete, your information will be made available to county Extension offices and State Fair 4-H superintendents. Those interested in hiring you to judge will contact you directly.
Sign-up now to judge in 2024! To be added to the 2023 list, judges must have completed the sign-up process by September 30, 2022.
After completing the judges registration form, please review the appropriate training materials below.
Judges Training Introduction
4-H Ribbon Placings
Ages & Stages
Learning ProcessMaking Judging part of the Learning Process
We are excited that you have chosen to help expand a young person’s experience by being a 4-H judge. As part of your role, we want to prepare you not only as it related to content but also as it pertains to the entire youth development experience. The three-minute video below is designed to help you think about your role as a judge and the kinds of views we bring into the experience. As you watch the video below, some questions to think about:
- What kinds of feelings do you bring into the judging experience?
- How do your past 4-H (or other experiences) influence your role as a 4-H judge?
- What are some unconscious biases you might have about a 4-H’er you will be judging?
- What are the unconscious biases the 4-H’er might have about you?
- What might you do/say to make sure the 4-H’er has the most positive experience?
New 2018 Foods Project Judging Webinar | Survey
4-H Foods Judging Guide
Judges Training - Foods
Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair (4H226)
Quilt Quest Standards for Judging
Science, Engineering & Technology
Horse Judge Information provides resources intended to help you as a 4-H horse show judge, including the most current 4-H Horse Show and Judging Guide, patterns, and scoresheets.
Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Judges Workshop is an online training opportunity for adults interested in judging 4-H companion animals. The course is designed to help new judges learn more about the project areas they might judge and prepare for the 4-H judging experience. This online course provides information about judging:
For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact: