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Welcome to New Hanover County 4-H Presentations and Creative & 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.

The 2023 New Hanover 4-H County Activity Day (CAD) will be held IN PERSON on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the New Hanover County Extension & Arboretum. Youth ages 5-18 can compete in presentations and/or talent contest. Deadline to register is Monday, April 17th.


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, and archery.

Presentation/Public Speaking Resources


4-H Talent Show Registration Form 2023 

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


4-H Presentation Work Sessions & Practice Sessions 2023 will be scheduled by appointments. 

Contact J. Scott Enroughty  or Elizabeth Stratton to set up time(s) to work sessions and practice sessions.

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 Participants: Contact Mr. Scott for contest time limits set by the NC 4-H Horse Program.

Presentation & Talent Show Dates – 2023

  • County Activity Day (CAD); Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: New Hanover County Extension and Arboretum
  • District Activity Day (DAD); Friday, June 16, 2023
    Location: Lenoir Community College
  • NC 4-H Congress/FINALS; Saturday, July 22, 2023
    Location: NC State University