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Presentation Day

Alameda County Presentation Day

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sunol Glen Elementary School

11601 Main Street, Sunol

Time 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Special Recognition Focus Areas awarded at State Field Day

4-H members who relate their presentations to one of the following four focus areas are awarded Special Recognition pins:

Electronic Accessories - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Personal Development - Citizenship

Meaningfulness - Healthy Living

Sparks - Positive Youth Development

All presentation categories are eligible except Impromptu Speech. Please see the Special Recognition Focus Areas page for more information, including complete descriptions, resources, and eligibility requirements.

Presentation Day Volunteers NEEDED

Volunteers Needed!

Each club must send one evaluator for every three entries or one evaluator for less than three entries.

No experience needed to be an evaluator. Orientation is provided however, evaluators should complete the online course, "4-H Presentation Day Evaluator Orientation" before the Presentation Day.  Please download the following documents prior to taking the course:

Each club must send one room host and one room runner for every ten entries.

Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • ROOM RUNNER: Members 9 years and older. Duties include collecting Evaluators' scoring rubrics at the conclusion of each presentation and taking them to the Tally Station. Room runner may also register for a presentation.
  • ROOM HOST: Members 12 years and older. Duties include presiding over the area, help presenters set up, introduce the presenter and assist spectators. Room host may also register for a  presentation.
  • TEEN PRESENTATION EVALUATOR: Members 15 years and older. Prior county presentation experience is required. Teen evaluator may participate in an individual/group Share the Fun or Cultural Arts performance presentation.
  • ADULT PRESENTATION EVALUATOR: Parents, leaders and other volunteer adults.
  • ADULT INTERVIEW EVALUATOR: Parents, Leaders and other adult volunteers. Experience with HR and Interviews desirable.

Presentation Day Schedule


8:15-8:30 Check-in for Evaluators, Room Runners, & Room Hosts

8:30-9:00 Check-in for Presenters

8:30-9:00 Evaluator &  Room Runner/ Host Orientation

8:45 General Welcome/Pledge - 4-H All Star(s)

9:00-11:00 Presentations

10:00-12:00 Share the 4-H Fun/Cultural Arts

12:00-12:30 Awards Assembly (Approximate time)

Presentation Day Details

Public speaking is a cornerstone of the 4-H Youth Development Program. Each 4-H member is encouraged to give a presentation each year. The Alameda County, Bay/Coast Area, and State 4-H Presentation Day follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016 ; this manual gives all the necessary information to present effectively and within the 4-H guidelines. Along with the presentation format, Alameda county also uses the evaluation rubrics and scoring key as outlined in the current manual.

You may sign up to do one individual/small team presentations, one Interview Contest and one individual/group performance presentation (Share the Fun or Cultural Arts). You may not volunteer as an evaluator, but you may volunteer to be a room host or room runner in most cases.

Room and Audio/Video Setup: Depending on the type of presentation easel may be provided in a room. Unlike State Field Day rooms are equipped with screens only, presenters are responsible for BRINGING THEIR OWN PROJECTOR, convertor cable, laptop computers or other digital device, cassette/CD players and radios.

Register Online


4-H members must pre-register to participate. Registration closes on February 16, 2020 10:00 pm.

Share the Fun & Cultural Arts

Individual & Team Presentations

Room Runner/Room Host /Evaluator Application

Interview Contest We follow the State 4-H Guidelines and Job Descriptions. They can be found here: 2019 State Interview Contest Information

For More Information

The Alameda County, Bay/Coast Area and State 4-H Presentation Day follows the current 4-H Presentation Manual - Revised October 2016.*

Current Presentation Day Manual

Public speaking is a cornerstone of the 4-H Youth Development Program; this manual gives all the necessary information to present effectively and within the 4-H guidelines.

* Be sure to read the Oct 2016 revised Presentation Manual as some categories and the rubrics have changed!


What is a 4-H Presentation?

4-H Presentation Manual

Pres Day flyer 2019  


Still Poster/Display Exhibit
Members and/or Projects will be given the opportunity to exhibit a poster documenting project learning or showcasing the Project. These displays will be set up on a table in the multi-purpose during the event for participants to view. While no Communication credit is earned from a static exhibit, participants will gain credit for their exhibit as a Project Skill. Please notify the event co-chairs if you intend to bring a display so adequate space is allotted for your exhibit.

Adult Co-Advisors

Valerie Lieu

Barbara Butko

Youth Chair(s)

Area and State Presentation Days

Members (9 years old and above) who earn a gold award at County Presentation Day qualify to present at the Bay Coast Area Presentation Day. A gold award at Area Presentation Day qualifies presenters to compete at State Presentation Day.

Presenters must give the same presentation in the same category in which they qualified. No substitutions in presenters are allowed. Presentations must be given by the same individuals who qualified at an area event.

Bay Coast Area/Antioch Presentation Day 2020:
                  Antioch, Date TBD*

Online BCA Presentation Day/Antioch Registration

Online BCA Presentation Day VOLUNTEER Sign-Up 


*There are additional Area Presentation Days schedule throughout the state. County-Level gold medalists may sign up for any of them. For more info about the various options, visit the State 4-H Website Area Presentations page. Please make sure you sign up for the location/date you plan to attend.

State Presentation Day - Date TBD 2020 at UC Davis West Quad


Types of Presentations


DEMONSTRATION: A Demonstration teaches a skill by the “show how” method. Posters or equivalent visual aids are used to enhance the teaching process. The posters or visual aids will include at least a title, materials, process, and summary. Encouraged to be 4-H related.

ILLUSTRATED TALK: An Illustrated Talk teaches a concept or skill that would be impractical to demonstrate in a classroom setting. Posters or equivalent visual aids should include at least an introduction/title card, information card, and a summary card. Models or other visual aids can be used to enhance the presentation. Must be 4-H related.

EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY TALK: An Educational Display is an organized visual presentation of a program or a concept. A display should be designed to convey its message in a limited amount of time. Speakers are expected to introduce the educational display with a prepared oral presentation including the title, information about how the speaker belongs to 4-H, how the display is relevant to his/her 4-H experience, and an overview of the display. Encouraged to be 4-H related.

SCIENCE OR ENGINEERING PRESENTATION: A Scientific OR Engineering Presentation emphasizes the core process of inquiry to describe, explain, and predict through observation, experimentation, modeling and other scientific techniques (Science Presentation) OR uses the process of design to plan, build, and test a process, system, or device (Engineering Presentation). Five posters or slides should be included and can range from 3-15 minutes. Should be related to current 4-H activities.

INFORMATIVE PREPARED SPEECH: This format requires the speaker to write and deliver his/her own speech. The speaker will inform or educate the audience on a singe issue or topic. The purpose of this category is to encourage participants to seek out, organize and then competently speak on accurate information. Members may speak on any subject.

PERSUASIVE PREPARED SPEECH: This format requires the speaker to write and deliver his/her own speech. The speaker will sway, convince and influence, not simply argue,  the audience on a singe issue or topic. Members are encouraged to relate the presentation to current 4-H activities.

IMPROMPTU SPEECH: Impromptu speaking involves speeches that the speaker has written him/herself at the competition. One at a time, the speakers will randomly draw a piece of paper with a topic on it. The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event. From the time the speaker is given the topic, he/she will have three minutes to prepare a speech. The maximum speaking time is five minutes. The speaker is expected to have completed basic research on the announced topics. The speaker is allowed one 5" x 7" note card (single sided) to collect the results of the research on each topic. The speaker may use a single research note card during the delivery of the impromptu speech. Primary members may not participate. May or may not be 4-H related.

INTERPRETIVE READING: Speakers may read any published written work that is age appropriate and acceptable for use in a public school classroom. In addition to introducing him/herself the speaker should demonstrate knowledge about the reading selection by describing the title, the author, the characters, the purpose or setting of the writing, and any other introductory information that might enhance the understanding of the piece by the audience. The reading should be completed with a short conclusion that will leave a vivid memory of the selection for the audience. Not 4-H related.


Individual and Group Performance Presentations

SHARE THE FUN: Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community pride, recreation, citizenship, or other 4-H project or activity. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes. Costumes, props, decorations, and other visual aids are encouraged. Must be 4-H related.

CULTURAL ARTS: Individual participants, groups, projects, clubs, etc. perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical, dance or other such performing act. Presentation should not exceed 15 minutes. Costumes, props, decorations, and other visual aids are encouraged. Members may speak/perform on any subject.