Public Presentations

4-H Public Presentation Information

                                                                                                                                     January 2023

Dear 4-H Organizational Leaders and Individual Members:

It is time to prepare for Public Presentation Day!

Public Presentation Day is a nationally recognized element of the Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. This public speaking event is one of 4-H's most beneficial and rewarding experiences. It is the program most often credited by4-H alumni as having given them an edge above their peers in high school, college, and into their adult careers.

All 4-H’ers, from Cloverbuds to 4-H teens, have the chance to stand up and clearly and confidently present a topic of their choice. It can be a specific project or recipe, a skill they have mastered, or a topic they are passionate about.



Saturday, March 4th

9am - 3pm

Cornell Cooperative Extension

50 West High Street

Ballston Spa, NY

Click Here for a Printable/ Fillable Registration Form


There are many helpful documents pertaining to preparing and delivering a 4-H presentation found below. The Saratoga County 4-H Public Presentation Guidelines is a great place to start. For leaders, there is the 4-H Public Presentations Saratoga Co. Guidelines for Leaders, expressly the Age and Progression chart found on page 6 . All 4-H’ers, regardless of age, must complete two demonstrations before moving on to another type of presentation.

Please note- on the registration form- it is important to fill in the Estimated time of day the 4-H’er or club would like to present. The 4-H’er will be scheduled within the hour on the form unless notified otherwise by phone or e-mail.

New to 4-H?If your club would like to hear about this experience from a fellow4-H’er, there is a PowerPoint available and a teen will attend a club meeting and share their experience.

Make up policy: If you have a conflict on March 4th, please call the 4-H Office to schedule an appointment/time for a make-up on Thursday, March 8th between 4:30 and 7:30pm at the Cooperative Extension Office. There are no make ups for interviews.

For those 4-H’ers participating in Horse Communications, you will be judged March 4th, 9am-12pm, at the 4-H Training Center. Basic Horse Communications information can be found on the last page of this letter.

If you have any questions about Public Presentation Day 2023 or would like to register, please call the 4-H office at 518-885-8995.

We look forward to seeing you at this fun and exciting event.


Greg Stevens

4-H Issue Leader



Tables, stove, microwave, extension cords, LCD projectors, and easels are available. Be sure to list supplies needed on the registration sheet. All other supplies are to be furnished by the participants. Come prepared.

Parents and friends are invited and encouraged to attend the event.

Clubs members are encouraged to watch the presentations of their fellow club members.

The room assignments made by topic are interviews, live animals, food and Cloverbuds.

Cloverbuds, 5 through 8 years old, are eligible to participate in Show and Tell presentation only.


All horse presenters will be judged on Saturday, March 4th, 9am-12pm at the 4-H Training Center on Middleline Rd.

Members will be categorized as:

JUNIOR: Under 14 years of age as of January 1st, 2023

SENIOR: 14 years of age or older as of January 1st, 2023

Ø4-H Horse Project members must select whether or not to be considered for the Regional Communications. Please indicate on the registration form in the Code column -- H-RC for regional consideration OR -- H-NRC for non-regional.

Horse Communications are timed! Presentations are 9-12 minutes long. Three (3) points/minute (or fraction of a minute) will be deducted from your score if you go over or under the allotted time. Practice, Practice, Practice!!

DEADLINE for all forms

Friday, February 17th

Printable Version of Public Presentation Letter to Leaders and Families

Printable/ Fillable Registration Form

Guidelines, Tips, and Tricks

District Presentations- Guide for Presenters

How To Select a Topic

Types of Presentations and Definitions

Topics Suitable for a Beginning Demonstration

Guidelines for making Posters and Charts

Food Demonstration Information


Public Speaking Made Easy

Saratoga County 4-H Public Presentation Guidelines


4-H Public Presentations Saratoga Co. Guidelines for Leaders

Teen Assistants

Last updated May 24, 2023