Napa County UCCE
University of California
Napa County UCCE

Presentation Day

2020 Presentation Day Information

Date: February 22, 2020

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: New! Harvest Middle School, 2449 Old Sonoma Road, Napa

Registration DUE: January 31, 2020


Registration & Resources

Registration for Presentation Day 2020 is available here!

For more information and guidelines on Presentation Day, view the California 4-H Presentation Manual.

Sample Presentation Videos:


Guidelines for All Presentation Formats

Evaluation & Awards: If you receive a Gold award at County Presentation Day, you may participate in the Area 4-H Presentation Day. Primary members (ages 5-8), and teams who include a primary member, cannot be evaluated and may not participate in Area or State 4-H Presentation Days.

Setup & Equipment: You are responsible for supplying and setting up all equipment for the presentation. Each room has a table, easel, whiteboard, outlets, and digital projectors - no need to request these. Presenters are responsible for all other equipment, such as laptop computers, speakers, cassette/CD plays/radios, etc.

Appearance: Clothing should be neat, clean, and appropriate for the presentation being given, but the 4-H uniform cannot be required. Costumes are appropriate for demonstrations, illustrated talks, science or engineering presentations, share the 4-H fun skits, and cultural arts.

Age Groupings: Members of teams and group presentations (excluding those with Primary members) will be evaluated using the age of the oldest team member.

Multiple Presentations: presenters may do two (2) of the following presentations - demonstration, educational display talk, illustrated talk, science or engineering presentation, informative prepared speech, persuasive prepared speech, interpretive reading, and impromptu speech. Presenters may do one (1) of the following presentations - share the 4-H fun skit and cultural arts. You may not present multiple presentations in the same category.

Presentation Formats

Brown Bag (Primary Only)

  • Similar to an impromptu speech.

  • It is a brown paper bag with 4-5 items in it (ex: spatula, bowl, cookie sheet, pot holder, flour). The member receives the bag and has 3-5 minutes to prepare a talk about the items. For example, with the items above, it could be a presentation on how to make cookies. They use the items as props while they talk.


  • is doing.
  • is showing how. As you show how, you tell how.
  • is where you make something or do something. There is a final product.

Illustrated Talk

  • is telling how with the aid of visuals.
  • is where you use charts, posters, photos, computer programs, slides, pictures, models, or cut outs.
  • Each presentation should have clearly identifiable sections including an introduction, main body, and conclusion. Speakers are strongly encouraged to relate the presentation to their current 4-H project work or 4-H activities or spark.

Science or Engineering Presentation

  • Science: focuses on making sense of the world by constructing knowledge
  • Engineering: focuses on finding suitable solutions to problems by weighing design choices

Educational Display Talk

  • Organized visual presentation of a program or a concept
  • A display should be designed to convey its message in a limited amount of time

Informative Prepared Speech

  • Speaker writes and delivers their own speech
  • Speaker will inform or educate the audience on a single issue or topic

Persuasive Prepared Speech

  • Purpose is to sway, convince, and influence, not simply to argue
  • Speak to persuade. Address both sides of the argument.

Impromptu Speech

  • Involves speeches that the speaker has developed themselves at the Presentation Day within a three-minute preparation
  • The topics will be developed from the pre-announced categories for the event

Interpretive Reading

  • Speakers may read any published written work that is age appropriate and acceptable for use in a public school classroom
  • Examples may include: children's stories, poetry, essays, speeches, articles, and excerpts from novels that stand alone

Share the 4-H Fun Skits

  • Groups perform acts such as skits and other presentations that focus on health, safety, community, pride, citizenship, science, engineering, technology, or other 4-H projects
  • Presentation must include a topic surrounding 4-H

Cultural Arts

  • Individual participants or groups, projects and clubs, perform a costumed dramatic reading, musical, dance, or other such performing art
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