Calcasieu Parish 4-H Contest. Learning by doing.

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March 28, 2020

Wildlife ID
Fish ID
Dog ID

Registration: 8:30 a.m.


  • Elementary (grades 4-5)
  • Junior (grades 6-8)
  • Senior (grades 9-12 or 14 by January 1)

Cookery & Sewing Contest

November 9, 2019

  • Ambassador Talks
  • Clothing
  • Cooking
  • Cookery
  • Ready-to-wear
  • Consumer Foods
  • Consumer Decision Making

Registration - 9:00 a.m.

Contests - 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Awards - 1:00 p.m. (subject to change)

These contests are open to ALL Calcasieu 4-H members.


  • Elementary (grades 4-5)
  • Junior (grades 6-8)
  • Senior (grades 9-12)

All cookery dishes must be prepared at home and brought to the contest chilled on ice in an ice chest.

No hot dishes will be accepted.

Only 2 servings of the dish need to be exhibited!

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Winter Festival

December 14, 2019

  • Demonstrations
  • Personal Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Horticulture Identification
  • Insect Identification

Registration - 9:00 a.m.

Contests - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Awards - 1:00 p.m. (subject to change)

These contests are open to all 4-H members.


  • Elementary (grades 3 & 4)
  • Junior (grades 6-8)
  • Senior (grades 9-12)
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4-H Record Book Contest

Due to 4-H Office

March 20, 2020

Photography Contest

Photographs are due to the 4-H office by April 6, 2020 to be considered. No LATE pictures will be accepted.

1. Open to any 4-H club member.

2. Categories are:

People - any age NO SELFIES

Animals - pets, farm animals, birds, zoo animals, fish

Outdoor Shots - can include buildings, landscapes, still life, flowers, plants, gardens, water, butterflies, and other insects.

3. Mount your picture on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of BLACK construction or cardstock paper (one image per page). No decoration, etc. will be accepted. Put your category on upper right hand corner and name, grade, and school on back of paper. Pictures should be regular snap shot size pictures. They can be color or black and white. Only one picture per category. MINIMUM EDITING ONLY

4. Scoring Factors are:

Composition - arrangement of subject, foreground, background and 15 points supporting subjects in a picture.

Sharpness - focus, depth of field, clearness.10 points

Correct exposure - film speed, lens opening, lightness or darkness of 5 points picture, shutter speed.

Appealing Picture - attracts attention, interesting, good subject. 20 points

Total 50 points
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Elementary Discovering and Exploring 4-H books will be judged on individual quality and will be awarded blue, red, or white ribbons. Blue award winners will receive $10, to be presented at the end-of-the-year recognition program.

Elementary, Junior and Senior project books will be judged against each other in their prospective categories and will be awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 3 honorable mentions.1st Place books in each category will receive $10 and 2nd Place will receive $5.

All record books must be submitted in some type of binder to the 4-H Club leader.Record books must be turned in on time and properly registered.Record books are due in the 4-H Office located at 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles by 4:30 p.m. on the due date.

All 4-H Records must have the 4-H Portfolio form.This form is available from the 4-H Club leader or the 4-H Office.The forms are now available online to type and save your work. Click here for your portfolio.

Pet Show

Burton Coliseum Show Barn

October 28, 2019

Registration - 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Show Begins - 6:30 p.m.

Each 4-H’er can only enter one pet.

  • Categories of pets include:dogs, cats, rabbits, fowl, fish, reptiles, any other.It does not include cows, horses, sheep, pigs, or goats.
  • 2.Elementary and junior members will compete separately in categories where 5 or more pets are registered.In categories where less than 5 pets are registered, elementary and junior 4-H’ers will compete together.
  • 3.In each category, animals will be judged on characteristics such as:best groomed, largest (height), smallest (height), most unusual, longest hair, prettiest eyes, etc.
  • 4.This is a "fun" pet show.It is not necessary to have a registered animal.Grooming and cleanliness are important. Participants and pets may dress in costume!
  • Each 4-H’er will receive a participation ribbon.4-H’ers whose pet wins a given characteristic in their category will receive a rosette ribbon.

Please Note: Categories and characteristics to be judged in the Pet Show will vary.We may add or delete categories depending on the number of pets registered.

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Showmanship/Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest

Open to any 4-H member interested in learning more about livestock!

November 11, 2019

Burton Coliseum Horse Arena

Registration - 8:00 a.m.

Showmanship Clinic - 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Livestock Judging Clinic - 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Livestock Judging Contest - 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch and Results - 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Divisions: Elementary (grades 4-5)

Junior (grades 6-8)

Senior (grades 9-12)

Livestock Judging Contest Rules

  • Open to any 4-H’er.
  • 4-H’ers will judge classes of beef, sheep and swine.
  • All 4-H’ers will be required to give at least one set of oral reasons (these will be scored).Elementary may give 1-2 sets of oral reasons.Juniors may give 2-3 sets of oral reasons.Seniors may give 3-4 sets of oral reasons.

    Oral reasons simply consist of telling the judge why you placed that class of animals the way you did.
  • Ties in placing will be broken by the highest placing score on reasons.
  • First and second place winners in all divisions will receive $10 and $5 respectively to be presented at the end-of-the-year recognition program.
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