California 4-H State Field Day 

In-person State Field Day
May 27, 2023
UC Davis Wellman Hall and Hart Hall

Virtual State Field Day Contests
May 10-20, 2023


State Presentation Events

Deadline to register for virtual presentation day is April 28 at 5:00 PM


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Registering for Presentation Events

If you have been awarded a gold or blue seal in a Regional Presentation Event, you may register for the same presentation category for which the seal was awarded.

For a qualified Team Presentation, ALL of the presenters must register and be present to participate. For Share the 4-H Fun Skits, fewer team members may be present but teams cannot add new members.

If you are registering as part of a team, please make sure to list your team members in your registration. All team members must sign up for the same time slot. 

The only categories that do not require pre-qualification at a Regional Presentation Event are Infographic and Video Essay.

Each participant may register for one qualified presentation, one qualified Share the 4-H Fun Skit, and either Infographic or Video Essay.



Those evaluating Presentations should complete the Presentation Evaluator Certification online course by logging in/creating your account and providing your county's enrollment key.

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Public speaking skills are ranked number one among the desired skill sets of professionals. Every 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. A 4-H presentation can be a demonstration, include audio-visual aids, and involve problem solving. Through their presentations, youth learn to research a subject, organize their ideas into a logical order and practice public speaking skills. See quick tips on presentation types and requirements


Questions? Please contact
Competition Coordinators: Vera M. Bullard, & Brenda Vales,

Virtual: May 10-20, 2023

Online via ZOOM.

Two-hour time slots available:

May 10th (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
May 13th (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
May 13th (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
May 17th (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
May 20th (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
May 20th (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)

Time blocks are first-come, first-served.


After registering, presenters will receive a confirmation for their time block with a Zoom meeting link a week after registration closes. 

During your scheduled time block, log on with a computer/tablet or smart phone and present in front of a camera/webcam. You may use poster boards and props (if the category permits these) or use digital slides by “sharing my screen.” All requirements from the 4-H Presentation Manual apply. Modifications may be required for group presentations, such as Share the 4-H Fun Skit or Cultural Arts.

Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally, which will be sent to the “tally room.”

Results will be announced at the Virtual Award Ceremony: May 28, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and evaluation will be emailed out shortly after.

In-Person: May 27, 2023
Wellman Hall & Hart Hall, UC Davis

Two-hour time slots available:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Time blocks are first-come, first-served.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email.

On the day of the event, presenters must check-in at the front of Wellman Hall to get your room assignments.

  • Morning presentations: Check in 8:30 am to 9:30 am
  • Afternoon presentations: Check in 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

During your scheduled time block, go to your assigned room and present when it is your turn.

Evaluators will enter their scores and comments digitally or using paper forms, which will be sent to the “tally room.”

Results will be announced at the Virtual Award Ceremony: May 28, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and evaluation will be emailed out shortly after or sent out with certificates.

Categories for all age groups

Please see example videos linked in each category.

  1. Demonstration
  2. Illustrated TalkIllustrated Talk (Intermediate), Illustrated Talk (Intermediate)
  3. Science or Engineering Presentation: Science or Engineering Presentation (Senior)
  4. Educational Display Talk: Educational Display Talk (Intermediate)Educational Display Talk (Intermediate)
  5. Informative Prepared Speech: Informative Prepared Speech (Intermediate)
  6. Persuasive Prepared Speech: Persuasive Prepared Speech (Senior)
  7. Impromptu Speech: Impromptu Speech
  8. Interpretive Reading: Interpretive Reading (Intermediate),  Interpretive Reading (Senior)
  9. Share the 4-H Fun Skit: Share the 4-H Fun Skit (Senior) 
  10. Cultural Arts: Cultural Arts (Senior)
  11. Infographic—New*
  12. Video Essay—New*

*The Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee is offering two new 4-H Presentation Formats that do not require pre-qualification: Infographic and Video Essay. You may sign-up for these in addition to your qualifying entry. Please see the Presentation Manual Addendum for descriptions of these new categories.

2023 Impromptu Categories

Presenters are expected to have completed basic research on the impromptu presentation topics for an impromptu presentation. Presenters are allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to reference during the delivery of their impromptu speech. More information is available in the 4-H Presentation Manual.

Participation in Impromptu Speeches is limited to Intermediate and Senior 4-H members. 

Impromptu Presentation - Senior (14-19 years old)

  • Civility (Civic Engagement)
  • Physical Fitness (Healthy Living)
  • Leadership Competencies (Leadership)
  • Ecosystems (STEM)

Impromptu Presentation - Intermediate (11-13 years old)

  • Growth Mindset
  • Sparks

See the full descriptions of the 2023 Impromptu Categories (PDF)


  • The State 4-H Presentation Events follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised January 2021 and the Presentation Manual Addendum.
  • Presentations are divided according to category and age group. The oldest member of the team determines the age category. 
    • Junior (9-10 years old)
    • Intermediate (11-13 years old)
    • Senior (14-19 years old).
  • Presenters must give the same presentation in the same category in which they qualified at a Regional Presentation Event.
  • Presenters in a category may also compete in the Share the 4-H Fun Skit category.
  • No substitutions in presenters are allowed. Presentations must be given by the same individuals who qualified at a regional event.
    • If a team presentation qualified, then it must be presented by the same team members at the State 4-H Presentation Day.
    • All qualifying team members must be present to give the team presentation. If one team member cannot attend, that team is disqualified from the team presentation. 
    • The only exception is the Share the 4-H Fun skit category, where a team can still present even if they are missing individuals (but they cannot add new individuals).
  • The Public Speaking and Communications Advisory Committee offering two new prototype 4-H Presentation Formats this year that do not require pre-qualification! Youth may sign-up for these in addition to their qualifying entry.
    • Infographic
    • Video Essay

Zoom Technology

Youth will present at home using the virtual meeting platform using a computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Youth are encouraged to log in 15-minutes in advance to ensure their webcam, mic, and speakers are working.

Required equipment:

  • Computer/Tablet with webcam, microphone, and speakers and wifi connection
  • Or smart phone with camera

The Zoom app should be installed on the computer/tablet or smart phone. Download the software at Video tutorials are available at

HINT: Youth presenters may want to sign-up for a free Zoom account to practice at home!


Check Your Tech

Prepare to Participate

  1. Connect and test your Zoom audio.
  2. If you’re calling in, enter your participant ID number to link your computer and phone. Find it next to your name in the “Participants” sidebar.  On your phone, press # [number] # to connect.
  3. Activate your camera.
  4. Use Zoom’s Gallery View to see the whole group.
  5. If you need tech help, type [Room Host Name] in the Zoom chat box for assistance.
  • Remain on-camera at all times (Except if you are experiencing Internet bandwidth issues).
  • Remain available-to-be-on-mic. Mute while others are speaking/presenting, but be ready to participate 
  • Turn devices to airplane mode and close other windows on your computer to avoid distractions.
  • Use the phrase “I’m complete…” or “I’m done…” when done speaking. 
  • Use nonverbal tools in Zoom to raise your hand.


Helpful Zoom tips

ZORMS (Zoom meeting norms and good practices)

  • Zoom allows for connection through computer/table where audio (mic & speakers) are connected to the computer. Zoom also allows for hybrid connections where the computer/table captures video but one can call-in over traditional phone network for audio. This is useful in situations where the Internet speed/bandwidth is slow; users can have higher quality sound by calling in on a phone but continue to see and share video through their computer/tablet.
  • Those who call in through their phone need to press *6 to mute or unmute.
  • Those connecting via computer/tablet need to know how to adjust their mic and sound. There are two sets of controls for mic and speaker settings: (1) those in the computer setting itself, and (2) another setting in the zoom meeting room. The zoom meeting room settings are found in the lower left corner of the screen. Make sure the correct microphone and speaker are selected for your device.