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Welcome to New Hanover County 4-H Presentations and & Performing Arts Contests!

Public speaking is one of the most important tools to have as an adult which is why local 4-H kids work on it when they’re young. On this page, you can find general information and resources for 4-H Presentations.


Mallory B. shares how to make “Edible Cookie Dough” during her presentation at County Activity Day.

There are over 30 categories for the youth to select as their topic, including an open class for subjects that do not fit into a category. Youth are normally given a topic for presentations in school, so this gives them a chance to learn more about something they find exciting. We encourage participants to choose a topic they are passionate about and want to share with others.

Previous presentations were wildlife, manga artwork, how to set up a fish aquarium, healthy lifestyles, edible cookie dough, seafood grilling, and archery!

4-H Youth grilling seafood at a competition

Presentation/Public Speaking Resources


4-H Entertains (Talent Show) Guidelines (set by NC 4-H)


4-H Presentation Work Sessions & Practice Sessions 2023 will be scheduled by appointments. To schedule, contact Elizabeth Stratton at

Age Categories & Time Limits



Cloverbuds (5-7 years old)* 5-7 minutes
8-10 years old 5-12 minutes
11-13 years old 5-12 minutes
14-18 years old 5-12 minutes

* North Carolina 4-H and NC State Extension has a no competition rules for
   5-7 year old’s. Best program practices for youth ages 5-7 do not involve peer-to-peer competition. Peer-to-peer competition is defined as “head-to-head” absolute of youths 5-7.

**Horse Presentation & Horse Public Speaking time limits are different

Presentation & Talent Show Opportunities

  • County Activity Day (CAD)
    Location: New Hanover County Extension and Arboretum
  • District Activity Day (DAD)
    Location: Lenoir Community College
  • NC 4-H Congress/FINALS
    Location: NC State University

To stay updated with 4-H Presentations and Competitions, visit the news page or events calendar. For more information or questions, contact Elizabeth Stratton at