Nebraska 4-H

Judges Resources

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Judges Registration

Adults interested in judging county and state 4-H projects, including live animal shows, static exhibits, and contests need to complete the Judges Registration. By completing the judges registration 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, registration information will be supplied to county Extension offices and State Fair 4-H superintendents. Those interested in hiring you to judge will contact you directly.

Judges must have registered by September 30, 2019, in order to be included on the statewide judges list for the 2020 fair season. Judges must be registered by September 30, 2020, in order to be included on the statewide judges list for the 2021 fair season. 

Register to Judge

Judges Training

After completing the judges registration form, please review the appropriate training materials below.

General

Judges Training Introduction
4-H Ribbon Placings

4-H Ribbon Meaning - Philosphy of Judging & Danish System

Ages & Stages
Learning Process Making Judging part of the Learning Process
Inclusiveness

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?
Interview Judging

Practical Strategies for 4-H Interview Judging

Static Projects

Clothing
Entomology

4-H Entomology Guide for County and State Fair Judges - Insect Collection, Classes 1-3

Foods

New 2018 Foods Project Judging Webinar | Survey

4-H Foods Judging Guide

Judges Training - Foods

Home Environment
Horticulture

Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit for Exhibits at County Fairs and the Nebraska State Fair (4H226)

Human Development
Photography

4-H Photography Judges Training Overview (04/22/20)

Quilt Quest

Quilt Quest Standards for Judging

Science, Engineering & Technology

Animal Projects

Livestock

4-H Livestock Judges Resource - Questions, Feedback, & Confrontation

Companion Animal

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:

  • Cat
  • Rabbit
  • Poultry