University of Maryland Extension

Event Descriptions

Broiler Show

  • Enables you to see science in action as the chicks grow, to understand the importance of protecting your birds, and to responsibly care for your chicks, watering and feeding them daily.
  • Teaches the youth about animals, while instilling positive life skills in them.
  • Project lasts for approximately 6 weeks and ends after the Broiler Show.


  • Day Camp held in June at Lions Camp Merrick, Nanjemoy for kids ages 8-18
  • Overnight Camp held in July at Western MD 4-H Educational Center for kids ages 8-18
  • Clover Days held in August for kids ages 5-7

Charles County Fair

  • Held mid-September, where a completetion of all 4-H projects come together.  Enjoy the fair, while visiting the 4-H building and the animal barns to view the exhibits and observe some of the 4-H events taking place by our members.

Egg Demo

  • Held at State Fair.
  • Demonstration using eggs.
  • National trip awarded as well.

Fashion Revue

  • You may either sew an outfit or purchase a new or second-time-around outfit from stores and then model it at the County Fashion Revue.
  • Classes are Formal Wear, Active Wear, Tailored, Separates, Regular Wear, Costumes, Creative Choice, Outer Wear, and Ready to Wear.
  • Four age divisions in each class: Clover, Junior, Intermediates and Senior.

Horse Events 

  • Horse Judging: No touching the animals. Judge them on conformation and performance. Contests held on County, State and National levels
  • Hippology: Judge horses, complete a written test and a lab test.
  • Horse Bowl: Questions are asked and you buzz in to answer. Just like "It's Academic." Contests held on County, State and National levels. County Practices begin in Sept/October and finish up at State competition in April.
  • Public Speaking.
  • Nationals are held in Kentucky.
  • Demonstration: Pick an area or topic of interest to you and present a demonstration on "how to."

Livestock Judging

  • Three teams (junior, intermediate and seniors) go to State.
  • Seniors can be selected to represent State at Nationals.
  • Event is held at County Fair.
  • Oral Reasons must be given.

Poultry Judging

Project Day

  • Enjoy hands-on activities for all 4-H'ers.  Select an old favorite project to do or try something new. Held in March at the Charles County Fairgrounds.

Rabbit Judging

  • Individual or Team.
  • No National Contest for this one.


  • Build an understanding of basic science concepts related to robotics
  • Apply the processes of scientific inquiry and engineering design
  • Build skills in science, engineering and technology
  • Use the tools of technology to enhance their learning
  • Explore related careers in these fields
  • Apply the skills and knowledge they are developing to new challenges.

Sewing Workshops

  • Enhance sewing skills or learn new ones.
  • Hands on training in cutting your project out from a pattern, selecting a pattern and using a machine.

Southern Maryland Spring Show

  • Held at the Charles County Fairgrounds in early June.

Wildlife Adventure Day 

  • Voted the Best Youth Event in the Nation by the National Wild Turkey Federation.
  • Held in October at McGregor Farm in Newburg, Maryland

Wildlife Habitat Judging

  • Contest in Sping

Call the 4-H office for additional information. (301) 934-5403 or (301) 753-8195. All scheduled events are subject to change, call the office for exact dates/times/locations.

For more information, contact Bonnie Boyden.

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