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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Youth standing with blue shirt and blue cowboy hat on smiling beside chart paper.
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, 2021
Application deadline: June 1, 2021
Location: Canadian Western Agribition, Regina, SK

*Note: This event is organized by the Canadian Western Agribition. Changes to information regarding this competition may happen and will be updated here as quickly as possible. This experience may be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Registration fee: approximately $210 + flights*

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

If you’d like to volunteer to be a chaperone, please email Coordinator, Events

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Events

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

2021 Winner

Senior category: Katherine Roeland
Read her story: What does being a 4-H’er mean to you?

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.

Local Competitions for 2022:

With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and varying levels of the COVID-19 throughout the province, 4-H Ontario has yet to make decision on the delivery of the 2022 Local Competitions.

Ideally, if possible, the 2022 local competitions will be hosted in person, within the local association, using the questions that will be provided from 4-H Ontario by March 31th and referencing to the instructions and guidelines outlined in the 2022 Go For The Gold Handbook.

4-H Ontario is asking that the local competitions take place between May 1st – August 6th, in order to allow enough planning for the regional competition.

Book your game buzzers online, as soon as possible, as the buzzers are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

Regional Competitions for 2022:

With the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and varying levels of the COVID-19 throughout the province, 4-H Ontario has yet to make decision on the delivery of the 2022 Regional Competitions.

The regional competition is hosted by one association within the region and will be inviting all other associations within the region, once details are confirmed.

Provincial Competition for 2022:

Following the Local association and Regional-level competitions, the fun continues as the six Regional Champs compete head-to-head for the title of Provincial Go For The Gold Champions!

One team of up to five 4-H members and two coaches can participate from each region.

Open to current 4-H Members 9-21 years old

Registration deadline: September 9, 2022
Event date: November 2022
Location: To be determined
Entry fee: $50

One of 4-H Ontario’s core competencies is critical thinking. This skill is developed throughout all aspects of the 4-H Ontario program from the local club to provincial events and national events. Critical thinking is a foundational skill that allows people to succeed in all aspects of their lives within and outside of the 4-H Ontario program. In 2020, 4-H Ontario local and regional volunteers rallied together to create wonderful learning opportunities around critical thinking for 4-H’ers. These judging competitions were well received by participants and 4-H Ontario staff received requests for a provincial competition option. Learning from our volunteers across the province, 4-H Ontario is excited to be hosting a virtual Provincial 4-H Judging Competition open to all 4-H Ontario participants in 2021.

The Provincial 4-H Judging Competition will include classes representing the 4-H Learning and Development Pillars: Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Community Engagement and Communications, Environment and Health Living, and Science and Technology. There will be a total of 8 classes for participants to judge, along with a general knowledge quiz.

The class listing includes:

  1. Dairy Cows
  2. Breeding Heifers
  3. Swine
  4. Breeding Ewes
  5. Kubota Lawn movers
  6. Healthy Lunches
  7. Digital Photography
  8. Flower Arrangements
  9. General Knowledge quiz (20 questions)

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions 4-H Ontario was not able to video livestock from Ontario for the purposes of this competition. Therefore, videos have been sourced from our competition host, which is based in the U.S., where animal husbandry practices and showmanship attire may have different standards than that in Ontario/Canada. Plans for 2022 are in progress to address these differences.

A virtual award presentation will take place on August 18th to recognize competitors, sponsors and volunteers involved in the competition. This event, as well as the judge’s official placings, will be recorded and posted the week following the awards event.

Information Overview: 

Event date: Opens July 15, Closes August 15th, 2021

Registration closes: August 10, 2021

Registration fee: FREE

Age Breakdown (4-H participants, age as of December 31, 2020):

  • Cloverbud: 6 to 8 years of age
  • Junior: 9 to 12 years of age
  • Intermediate: 13 to 15 years of age
  • Senior: 16 to 21 years of age

To Register: Registration is now closed for 2021

For further details and information to help you prepare for the competition click here.

The Provincial 4-H Judging Competition is sponsored by: