Judges Training

General Exhibit Judges In-person Training

Polk County-September 24

New 4-H Judges Training, Saturday, September 24
You can join the ranks of being a 4-H judge by attending a new 4-H Judges Training of Saturday, September 24 at the Polk County Extension Office, Des Moines. You will learn from Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development staff and experienced 4-H Judges how to evaluate, educate and encourage 4-Her’s exhibiting at county fairs. Questions contact Marisue Hartung mhartung@iastate.edu  or Karen Pattison, kpatti@iastate.edu
Register online or by mailing in the registration form. Registration deadline is September 16.
Clicke here to register online with a credit card payment.
Click here to download the registration form and mail it in with payment.
Click here for definitions of the judging areas.

Training format:

  • The first half (includes lunch) of the training builds knowledge and skills for new judges (as well as interested volunteers and parents) and the second half is project area content specific.
  • Experienced judges will be presenting and all judges are welcome to attend to brush-up on their expertise or expand their knowledge base.


4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Training Webinar, June 8, 2016

A special live-online Food & Nutrition judges training was broadcasted Wednesday evening June 8, 2016.  Tapes of the three sections covered are posted below along with resource links.  [PDF of information below]
Food Safety Review/Updates for 2016 - Shannon Coleman, Assistant Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition. Dr. Coleman will provide important information on food safety issues that arise when dealing with 4-H fair exhibits. She’ll have good reminders and resources for judges on food preservation and other food safety concerns.

New Dietary Guidelines and Food Labels (40:20 run time)– Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition and Extension State Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Litchfield will have updates on the 2015 revisions to dietary guidelines and introduce the new food label requirements.

Judging Tips from the Trenches – Liz Meimann, AnswerLine Specialist and 4-H Food & Nutrition exhibit judge. Liz will offer practical tips for working with 4-H’er and 4-H Food & Nutrition exhibits during the judging process. Liz is a long-time county and state fair 4-H exhibit judge in addition to providing advice to 4-H’er and families through her AnswerLine work.


General Exhibit Judges Self-Training

(See Information for Judges Webpage)


State 4-H Judges Trainings

4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Training Webinar on
“Gluten-Free Myths, Truths, & Baked Goods”

April 2015
Presented by Ashley Moyna, ISU Dietetics & Culinary Science student in cooperation with Dr. Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Instructions for viewing the Food & Nutrition Judges Training webinar

  1. Complete the Pre-Evaluation
  2. View Webinar Part I – “Truths & Myths”
  3. View Video – “Science: A Closer Look at Gluten”
  4. View Webinar Part II – “Baking”
  5. Complete the Post-Evaluation


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