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4-H Competitions & Contests

We love healthy competition at 4-H! And we really love recognizing our hard-working Participants for their accomplishments. We have competitions for all ages and interests, so put your game face on.

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2019 Provincial Go For The Gold Competition

For current 4-H Members in grades 7-12 or CEGEP

Bring your curiosities and passions to life with a 4-H Canada Science Fair project!

Either by yourself or with another 4-H’er, choose a topic to explore and create your very own 4-H Canada Science Fair project. Then you’ll plan, research, build, experiment, test and analyze – just like a real scientist would.

There are great prizes to be won, including trips across Canada!

Learn more about the 4-H Canada Science Fair on the 4-H Canada website.

For current 4-H Members ages 17-21

Do you know good livestock when you see it? Compete as part of a team of 4-H Ontario Members who get to judge at the Canadian Western Agribition.

Show off your judging skills! The Agribition Judging Seminar combines individual and team competition where you’ll go up against others by judging 10 livestock classes and present your reasoning.

Judging competition experience is an asset but not mandatory. The culmination of scores from the competition determine the Grand Aggregate Award of a scholarship, along with other awards. It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase and improve your judging skills!

A maximum of 8 participants and 2 chaperones will be selected from Ontario.

The team is supported by the Andy Lindsay Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Hay West Fund of the Ontario 4-H Foundation.

Open to 4-H Participants across Ontario

Event date: November, 2020
Application deadline: June 1, 2020
Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK

Registration fee: approximately $210 + flights*
*Registration fees can be reimbursed upon receipt of a trip report

To apply for the Agribition Judging Seminar, please complete the 4-H Ontario National Opportunity Registration Form.

Please read the Camp, Conference, Competition & Exchange Attendance Policies.

If you’d like to volunteer to be a chaperone, check out our Volunteer Opportunities page.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming
opportunities@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 468

For current 4-H Members ages 9-21

Calling all young writers! We want to hear – ahem, read! – what being part of 4-H means to you.

Whether you have a way with words or are just beginning to find your voice, this is a great opportunity to express yourself creatively.

Entrants must write a 500-word news-style report on the following topic: What does being a 4-H’er mean to you?

A $100 prize will be awarded to the winner in each of two age groups:

Junior category: 9-14
Senior category: 15-21

The Amber Underwood Memorial News Competition is an annual competition in memory of Mrs. Amber Underwood who passed away in 1989. Amber grew up on a farm in Norfolk County, was a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and an OMAFRA Assistant Ag Rep in Kent County. Writing was Amber’s first love and this annual competition was established to encourage 4-H youth in their writing and journalism efforts. This award is made possible through the Amber Underwood Endowment Fund created in Amber’s honour to remember her strong commitment to 4-H and her love of writing.

How to Enter

Entry Criteria

Entries must be:

  • Based on the current calendar year
  • A maximum of 500 words
  • Type-written and double spaced with 1” margins
  • In 11-point Arial font
  • The original work of the Member

Judging Criteria

  • Content: 30 points
  • Writing style: 25 points
  • Originality: 25 points
  • Spelling/grammar: 15 points
  • Presentation (e.g. spacing, etc.): 5 points

2019 Winners

Junior category: Ally Milo
Read her story: How 4-H Benefits the World
Senior category: Sidney Shaw
Read her story: 4-H’s for the World

Read winning entries from previous years

This competition is supported by the Amber Underwood Memorial 4-H News Competition Award Fund.

For current Members ages 11-24

It’s time to have your voice heard! The Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition is an opportunity to develop your public speaking skills and express community concerns.

We want to hear what’s on your mind. Enter the CYSA competition for a chance at great cash prizes. Contestants must prepare a 5- to 7-minute speech on one of the annual themes and present it in person for the judges.

Categories and Prizes

  • Junior competition
    • Ages 11-15
    • $500 prize
  • Senior competition
    • Ages 16-24
    • $1,000 prize

Learn more on the CYSA website.

For current 4-H Members of all ages

Increase your knowledge of 4-H project materials, agriculture, food, community events and more in a challenging and fun team atmosphere!

Local Association and Regional Competitions

4-H Association-level and Regional-level Go For The Gold (GFTG) competitions are hosted by local 4-H Volunteers every year. This quiz style competition is one of the most popular 4-H events.

4-H Volunteers and Members who want to prepare for, compete in and run a GFTG competition can get more information in the 2020 GFTG Handbook.

2020 Go For The Gold Local Competition Information
2020 Go For The Gold Local Association Registration

Provincial Competition

Following the Association- and Regional-level competitions, the fun continues as the six Regional Champs compete head-to-head at a day-long event for the title of Provincial Go For The Gold Champions!

One team of up to five Members and a Coach can attend from each region.

Open to current 4-H Members of all ages

Registration deadline: September 7, 2020
Event date: November, 2020
Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto, ON
Entry fee: $70 per team

Please read the Camp, Conference, Competition & Exchange Attendance Policies.

Thanks to our sponsor, Ontario Mutuals

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For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming & Resources
resources@4-hontario.ca
1-877-410-6748 x 482

Past Winning Teams

2014 – Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton

Diane Armstrong – Coach
Craig Kennedy – Coach
Cassandra Gorrill
Maggie-Jo Hickson
Sadie-Jane Hickson
Trevor Kennedy

2013 – Huron

Mary Ellen Foran – Coach
Marita Oudshoorn – Asst. Coach
Jeanette Schramm
Melissa Higgins
Jolande Oudshoorn (Alternate)
Reba Jefferson
Kate Higgins

2012 – Durham East

Brad Found – Coach
Andrew Louws
Kate Louws
Katie McRae
Carol Morton
Doug Skinner

2011 – Halton

Marie Martin – Coach
Deanna Glasgow
Scott Gooding
Rebecca Murray
Christine Wilkinson

2010 – Lanark

Leanna Lowry – Coach
Michelle Guerard
Ashley Knapton
James Knapton
Alan Nanne

2009 – Huron

Heather Stark – Coach
Maggie Aislie
Katie Brady
Ursina Studhalter
Raina Venerhoeds

2008 – Wellington

Marg Aitken – Coach
Heather Aitken
Joel Aitken
James Bailey
Miriam Bailey
Virginia Pantling

2007 – Kawartha Lakes Haliburton

Leona Clarke – Coach
Michael Bruce
Matt English
Allan Francis
Greg Snodden
Amanda Staples

2006 – Durham East

Brad Found – Coach
David Found
Steven Larmer
Meagan McRae
Reuben McRae
David Morton

2005 – Grenville

Maria Ferguson – Coach
Thomas Ferguson
Michael Maitland
Ronnie Maitland
Crystal Throop
Asif Van Dyke

2004 – Leeds

Murray Hagget – Coach
Kent Fraser
Melanie MacMillan
Cole Verburg
Ian Verburg

2003 – Halton

Eleanor Lutes – Coach
Adam Dolson
Jessica Lutes
Naomi Lutes
Scott Martin
Cristy Nurse

2002 – Durham East

Mike Metcalf – Coach
Katharine Found
Stephen Found
Robert Larmer
Emily Metcalf

2001 – South Simcoe

Jean Keffer – Coach
Philip Keffer
Mark McKnight
Carolyn West
Stephen West

2000 – Peterborough

Steve Andrews – Coach
Chris McGriskin
Ed McGriskin
Ellen Nelson
Dana Oliver