4-H Events & Opportunities

Garrett County Sponsored Opportunities

4-H All Stars


4-H All Star

4-H All-Star is an honor/service organization. Membership in the 4-H All-Star is the highest recognition that a 4-H'er can achieve. 4-H All Stars is service-oriented and volunteer-operated. The All-Star's goal is to contribute to positive youth development through "service" to the 4-H program. The 4-H program becomes the springboard from which an All-Star jumps to other service areas for people throughout their lifetime. The 4-H All-Star organization strives for a cooperative effort with the 4-H program in all areas.

4-H All Stars Financial Assistance Guidelines and Application

4-H All Stars Financial Assistance - Proof of Attendance or Diamond Clover Letter

2022 Awardees    
  • Revie Miller
  • Brenton Gnegy
  • Laura Huelskamp
  • Hannah Frazee
  • Elisa Frazee
  • Caleb Yoder
2020 Awardees  
  • Jaxson Corbin
2019 Awardees  
  •  Kolten Mason
  •  Morgan Qualls
  •  FIRST Tech Challenge team 2818 G-FORCE~~FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship
  •  Madison Glover
  •  Jesse Harman
2018 Awardees  
  • Jaxson Corbin
  • Kolten Mason
  • First LEGO League & NeXT GEN Team

Upcoming All-Star Events

4-H Day @ the Wisp

4-H Day @ the Wisp Cancellation 2022

4-Hers Got Talent

4-Hers Got Talent

Achievement Program

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The Achievement Program celebrates the success of 4-H members, as reported in their record books. Volunteers are recognized for reaching milestones in their years of support to the 4-H program. It was a great year for 4-H, we have a lot to celebrate! 

2022 4-H Achievement Program

On behalf of the Garrett County 4-H Office, we would like to invite all of our 4-H members and volunteers to join us on the afternoon of Sunday, April 3rd from 2-4 pm as we recognize all the volunteers and youth that make our program in Garrett County a huge success.  This event will take place at the AG Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

 2022 GC 4-H Achievement Program


    Achievement Program Forms

    4-H Clubs have the opportunity to nominate adults, organizations, or businesses for the following awards to be presented during the annual Achievement Program.  All forms are due to the Extension Office by March 1st.  Details are included on the nomination form.

    Garrett County Club Family of the Year Award

    Garrett County Club Friend of 4-H Award

    Garrett County 4-H Alumni Award

    Broiler Program

    Broiler Project Available To 4-H Youth!

    It is that time again! Southern States of Oakland has agreed to sponsor the Broiler Project for Garrett County 4-H Youth. Southern States will provide 10 broiler-type chicks to each participant, in return, youth will be required to purchase two bags of starter feed when they pick up their chicks. The registration form is included in this month's Partyline. All forms must be returned to the Garrett County office by February 25th. The chicks should arrive on March 31st based on the availability of chicks from Southern States at the time of this newsletter. The Broiler
    Show is scheduled for June 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Roberta at 301-334-6980.


    2022 4-H Broiler Show Results

    2022 GC 4-H Broiler Program Image


    Camp Algawa

    2022 4-H Camp Algawa Registration is Closed 

    4-H Camp Algawa is planned for June 26-June 30, 2022.  For best consideration, please register by April 15th.  Additional forms and information will be sent to those registering.  Older youth will receive a leadership application after we receive their registration.  Looking forward to a great week. 

     Details will be sent out to registered campers via email.

    • Camp Health & Medication Form
    • Camp Sunscreen Authorization
    • Code of Conduct - Youth 
    • Liability Release


     Maryland 4-H Environmental Education & Camping Center

    Engineering Contests

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    Maryland 4-H has a long history of offering in-depth and hands-on experiences involving Engineering.  Garrett County offers the following engineering events in July for the Bicycle Safety, Electricity, and Small Engine.  The Lawn Tractor and Farm Tractor events are held during fair week.  These events will be announced in the 4-H Partyline newsletter.

    Garrett County 4-H Engineering Event

    Do you enjoy working with tractors, lawnmowers, or bicycles?  If so, you might want to participate in one of the engineering events.  There are five separate events:  Bicycle, Small Engines, Electricity, Tractor, and Lawn & Garden Tractor.  Each of the contests has various components such as driving, parts identification, and visual presentations.  You may enter as many of the contests as you like.  

     If you should have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office at 301-334-6960. The following will be held at the GEARS Building in Accident:

    July 15, 2022

    · 9am to 11:30am - Bicycle            

    · 11:30 am to 12:00 pm Lunch Break (Bring packed lunch or purchase at a nearby restaurant)

    · 12:00pm to 2:00pm - Electricity

    · 2:00pm to 4:00pm -  Small Engines

    Lawn Tractor and Farm Tractor Events will be held at the fair.

    If you compete in at least three (3) contests, you will qualify for the overall engineering event trophy. 

    Please contact the Extension Office at 301-334-6960 to register prior to July 8, 2022.

    The Maryland State Fair hosts statewide contests. Individuals must enter through the online registration system at www.marylandstatefair.com by July 15th for electric/energy and small engine events.  For bicycle, lawn tractor, and tractor event entries are made by the 4-H Educator.


    Bicycle Safety:  This tests youth's ability to operate, fix, and ride bicycles safely and effectively. The contest consists of a written test, Parts ID, and skills demonstrations by youth on to drive in a straight line, figure 8, on a city street, with double obstacles, and with double zig-zag obstacles.

    Electricity:  This event features a written test, parts ID, and visual presentation that will be used to evaluate youth's knowledge of the physical theories behind Electricity and Energy and how to implement such safely and effectively into real-world projects.

    Small Engine: This challenge evaluates youth knowledge of the safe operation and maintenance of small engines, present in many common devices such as lawnmowers, generators, tillers, and more. This is done through a written exam, and parts ID.

    Lawn Tractor: This event is designed to offer 4-H youth an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the areas of lawn care, business management, tractor operation, maintenance, and safety. The day of the fair features a written exam, parts ID, safe operation course, and a tractor driving course.

    Farm Tractor: This event is designed to give 4-H members an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of tractor maintenance and skill in operation, and compete with other 4-Hers in so doing.  Safety will be stressed throughout the contest. 


    Fashion Revue

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    In the fashion industry, the runway show is the means designers use to introduce new fashion collections as a form of visual merchandising. The art of coordinating an outfit to fit your body, lifestyle, budget, and wardrobe will help as you dress for a lifetime. The fashion revue contest provides 4-H youth an opportunity to develop interview and personal presentation skills through judge interaction. A public-style show, the culminating event, showcases youth’s creativity and style.


    The Fashion Revue will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022.  Interview judging will begin at 4:30 pm and the show will be held at 6:00 pm at the 4-H Building/Outdoor Stage.  Information has been sent to all members enrolled in sewing projects but everyone is welcome to participate. 

    Call the Extension Office for additional information.


    Public Speaking

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    Join us this year for the Garrett County 4-H Public Speaking Contest, to be held on Thursday, March 17th, 2022 from 4 pm-7 pm (by appointment time) at the 4-H Extension Office. The Public Speaking Categories include Prepared, Extemporaneous, Interpretation, Radio Spots. Please only select 2 categories. County winners for each category will be invited to participate in the Maryland State Public Speaking Contest scheduled to be held on April 23rd at the Carroll County Extension Office. Call the Extension Office at (301) 334-6960 for more information.

    Please register at: https://forms.gle/smk3DkfZuwT5jrM16

    The registration deadline is February 17, 2022. 


    Learning to be an effective public speaker is one of the skills most valued by graduated 4-H members.  Don't miss this chance to have fun and improve your skills.  Garrett County 4-H hosts an annual event in the Spring.  This event will qualify you to participate in the Maryland 4-H State Public Speaking Event.  All 4-Her's are encouraged to participate.

    Members may compete in the following four categories:

    1) Prepared: Contestants may speak on any topic. It may be wise to discuss topics that could be considered controversial with your 4-H Leader or Educator before the contest. The speech may be written for a specific audience such as a 4-H Club, PTA, or a Rotary club. Notecards containing a keyword outline are permitted. Only Juniors may use a complete script. Memorization is not encouraged.

    • Junior: 3-5 minutes
    • Intermediate & Senior: 4-6 minutes

    2) Extemporaneous: Speakers will draw three topics and choose one topic to use. Contestants may use index cards to write their keyword outline. Extemporaneous speakers will be shown color time cards at correctly timed intervals indicating "1 Minute", "30 Seconds" and "Stop".

    • Junior & Intermediate: 2 to 3 minutes (maximum 30 minutes to prepare).
    • Senior: 3 to 5 minutes (maximum 15 minutes to prepare)

    3) Radio Spots: Should be exactly 30 seconds in length and may include a musical or sound effect introduction and/or background, but may not include a spoken introduction or "tag" by anyone other than the contestant. If music or sound effect is used, the contestant must provide and operate the sound-making device. The contestant will provide a complete written script (including notations about music/sound effects) to the timekeeper to aid in timing accuracy. Musical/sound effect introductions and endings are considered a part of the radio spot and must not cause the 30 second time limit to be exceeded. The spot should relate to 4-H, be original, and be created by the contestant.

    • All age divisions: 30 seconds

    4) Interpretation - 3 Types: Dramatic Interpretation: Oral interpretation, memorized by the speaker or selection of narrative or dramatic literature. Monologues are acceptable. Poetry Interpretation: A memorized interpretation by the speaker. Humorous Interpretation: A memorized oral interpretation of a humorous selection by the speaker. Cuttings may be taken from published plays or prose. Visual aids are not permitted. Appropriate gestures are encouraged. For Dramatic Interpretation, contestants may opt to sit for the presentation. Podium use is optional. Contestants are to bring two (2) copies of the script including references.

    • Junior & Intermediate: 2 to 3 minutes
    • Senior: 3 to 5 minutes


    Interpretation Score Card

    Prepared Speech Score Card

    Radio Spot Score Card

    Extemporaneous Speech Score Card

    4-H Public Speaking Event Guidelines

    Skillathons and Bowls

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    Competition in Bowls & Skillathons encourages members to develop a more complete knowledge of animals and related subjects.  These contests provide an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal, and provides a way to develop self-confidence.  


    • Livestock Skillathon-this contest is made up of a written quiz and learning stations such as breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification as well as some team activities such as demonstrating evaluation skills.                                                                                                                      

    • 4-H Dairy Skillathon-this contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of animal science and management in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The practical application of the contestants’ knowledge and skills is emphasized. The contest’s coordinators strive to provide an educational experience for participants and spectators as well as an opportunity for the creation

    • Dog Skillathon-this contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of animal science and management related to dogs in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. The Skillathon offers age-appropriate quizzes and stations that are designed to test youth knowledge of dogs; youth move from station to station. Some stations may include visual diagrams or equipment, or hands-on activities to demonstrate a dog-related technique. 

    4-H Bowls

    • 4-H Dairy Bowl-this is a quiz competition where all the questions are about dairy related topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions.  Teams compete in a double-elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator.  Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round.  

    • 4-H Dog Bowl-this contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H to demonstrate their knowledge of the canine-related subject matter in a competitive setting where attitudes of friendliness and fairness prevail. These contests should provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

    • 4-H Horse Bowl-this is a quiz competition where all the questions are about horse topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions.  Teams compete in a double-elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator.  Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round.  

    Maryland State 4-H Guidelines for Skillathons & Bowls




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    2022 Guidebook for 4-H/FFA Market Animals

    Western Maryland District Show

    2022 Spring Weigh-In Letter

    2022 Information Letter

    Beef Fall Weigh-In

    • Weigh In Letter

    Maryland 4-H Animal Husbandry & Quality Assurance (AHQA)

    Click here to start the program:  AHQA

    The site will open in March and remain open through August 10th. Completion of this program is required to show your project animal(s) in County and State 4-H Shows. The deadline to complete the training is July 1st, for Garrett County 4-H members. Click here for Program Guidelines and Tips.


    Garrett County Agricultural Fair         

    July 30, 2022-August 6, 2022

    Livestock Sale Information

    2022 Poultry Testing-CANCELLED

    All poultry, both in-state and out-of-state poultry, must be tested for Avian Influenza within 21 days prior to entry or originate from an NPIP Avian Influenza Clean or Monitored flock.  Avian Influenza testing will require 15 birds or all birds in the flock if fewer than 15 birds from the exhibitors flock. Those individuals planning to bring poultry to the Garrett County Agriculture Fair are reminded that all poultry for exhibition must meet the Maryland Department of Agriculture requirements. To assist with this process, arrangements will be made for the testing to be done on CANCELLED July 12th from 4:00 pm—7:00 pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in the rabbit barn.  The cost for the testing is $20.00 per flock to be paid at the time of the testing. Information needed:

    1. Source of birds-hatchery, raised or other. 2. The age of the birds. 3. The number of birds in your flock. Leg bands will be affixed upon testing. Please call 301 334-6960 to register for the testing by July 5, 2022.




     2022 MD Fair & Show Requirements

    Maryland State Fair Garrett County Agricultural Fair

    Maryland State-Sponsored Opportunities

    • National 4-H Leadership Trips

    • MD 4-H Congress

    • Maryland 4-H State Council

    • MD 4-H Issue Forum