4-H Contests

4-H contests give members opportunities to showcase the skills they have gained through their project work. There are many 4-H contests available at the club, county, multi-county, regional, state, and national levels. For most contests, competition is divided into five grade levels. Grade is determined as of January 1 of the contest year.

  • Explorer: 4th Grade
  • Junior: 5th & 6th Grade
  • Junior High: 7th & 8th Grade
  • Sr. Level I: 9th – 10th Grade
  • Sr. Level II: 11th – 12th Grade 

Union County is part of the Big Nine multi-county region, along with Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Sevier, Blount, Claiborne and Cocke counties. Our county competes in the Eastern Region for regional level competition. 

4-H Logo


Poster Design

Grade Eligibility

4th – 12th Grade

Contest Levels

L, C, S

Contest Overview

Members work individually to create a 14 x 22″ poster that promotes 4-H.

Baking Contest

4th – 12th Grade

L, C

Members work individually to prepare a baked good item depending on their grade levels.

  • 4th Grade: Muffins
  • 5th Grade: Cookies
  • 6th Grade: Bar Cookies
  • 7th Grade: Quick Loaf Breads
  • 8th Grade: Cakes
  • 9th – 12th Grade: Yeast Breads

Clover Bowl

4th – 8th Grade

L, C, R

Teams of four 4-H members (in the same grade division) answer questions about 4-H, agriculture, Tennessee, and Family and Consumer Science in a quiz-bowl format. Questions covered for each grade division include your own grade, plus the question sets for younger grades (i.e., The 6th grade Clover Bowl would have questions from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade question sets.

Junior Achievement (Demonstration)

4th – 5th Grade

L, C, MC

Individuals use visuals aids (no live animals) to present a 3-5 minute demonstration that shows “how” to do something related to the project area.

Junior High Achievement

6th – 8th Grade

L, C, MC

Individuals prepare and share a table-top interactive exhibit related to the project area. The exhibit can be 4′ wide x 2′ deep; members will speak for 2-3 minutes to explain their exhibit.


4th – 12th Grade

L, C, S

Individuals may submit multiple entries per category. Entries will be judged by grade level. Contest held each February/March. Categories differ each year.


6th – 12th Grade

R, S

A portfolio is a written summary of a member’s experiences, leadership efforts, and citizenship activities in a specific project area over a three-year period.

Public Speaking

4th – 12th Grade

Youth write and deliver a 4-H speech. No visual aids are allowed. Time limits are as follows:

Note: 4th – 8th Grade compete at the local county & multi-county levels.

9th – 12th Grades compete at the local, county, regional, state, and national levels.