4-H Resources for Evaluating Exhibits


This resources page provides the 4-H judging philosophy and other judging resource materials for county and state 4-H judges. For more information on judges webinars and resources for county offices in working with 4-H exhibits judges, please visit the Judges Information Page.

Project Area Information

  • Project Area Webpages: These pages are for youth to use to assist their self-directed learning in 4-H project areas. The current list of recommended and approved educational resources are available at the bottom of each project area page.
  • Project Area Guides 4H 11xx: These printable resources summarize events, activities, education and careers related to each project area.
  • Exhibit Tip Sheets: These printable resources summarize the key aspects of exhibiting in each department and/or class at the fair.
  • Evaluations and Exhibit Labels

 Judging Philosophy

Judges Training Videos:

Resources referenced in the judges' training videos can be found below under the various project area sections on this webpage. After viewing one or more of the trainings, please complete the judges database form. Once you have completed the form, your profile information will be added to our judges database. 

2023 Food & Nutrition Judges' Update

New 4-H judges are also asked to complete "Evaluate, Educate, and Encourage: 4-H Judges Training" prior to judging at a county fair. This training is not recorded. Please go to the Information for 4-H Judges webpage for current judges' training offerings.

Ag & Natural Resources
Child Development, Consumer & Management, Personal Development
Clothing, Sewing, and Needle Arts
Creative Arts
Food and Nutrition
Home Improvement
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mechanics