The state offers a variety of contests during the summer. Many of these contests serve as qualifying events for participation in other events like Western National Roundup (*see starred contests). They are great opportunities for San Luis Valley youth. Contact the office for more information on the listed contests.

State Conference Contests

  • Consumer Choices Contest* - Contestants judge various consumer item classes and give reasons for their placement of the items.
  • Consumer Bowl* - Teams participate in a quiz bowl on topics related to consumerism.
  • FCS Skill-a-Thon* - Teams identify family consumer science-related items, judge classes and complete a life skills oral presentation.
  • Hippology Contest* - Teams demonstrate their equine science and management knowledge through an exam, stations, judging and team problem.
  • Horse Bowl* - Teams participate in a quiz bowl on equine topics.
  • Horse Demonstration Contest* - Individuals or teams present demonstrations or illustrated talks relating to the horse industry.
  • Horse Judging Contest*  - Teams judge horse classes and give oral reasons.
  • Horse Public Speaking Contest* - Individuals present speeches relating to the horse industry.
  • Impromptu Speaking Contest* - Individuals present impromptu speeches from 3 to 5 minutes in duration on topics related to today's youth.
  • Livestock Quiz Bowl* - Teams participate in a quiz bowl on livestock topics.
  • Livestock Judging Contest* - Teams judge livestock classes and give oral reasons.
  • Prepared Speaking Contest* - Individuals present speeches on topics related to today's youth and 4-H
  • Parliamentary Procedure Contest* - Teams present a model meeting incorporating items and business and motions from a provided problem, and answer judge questions on parliamentary procedure.

For complete information on these contests visit the Colorado 4-H State Conference website. If you are interested in competing in one of these contests, contact the SLV Extension Office.

State Fair Contests

  • Cake Decorating Contest - Contestants demonstrate their cake decorating skills at an on-site competition.
  • Creative Cooks Contest - Contestants plan a menu, table setting and food item for an on-site competition.
  • Demonstration & Illustrated Talks Contest* - Youth prepare and deliver demonstrations or illustrated talks at an on-site competition.
  • Fashion Revue Contest* - Youth model garments made as part of their clothing construction and artistic clothing projects.
  • 4-H Performing Arts Contest - Youth perform in a variety of talent areas, including theater, vocal performance, music/instrumental performance and dance.
  • Colorado 4-H Photo Contest - Youth submit photos taken in Colorado in this state-wide competition.
  • Robotics Challenge Tournament - Robotics teams compete in a competition to design, build and program a robot to face a themed challenge.
  • Rocket Fly Day Contest - Kids launch model rockets for accuracy and performance. Youth knowledge of rockets is also tested.

For complete information on these contests view the Colorado State Fair 4-H Contest Requirements. If you are interested in competing in one of these contests, contact the SLV Extension Office.

Other Contests

Various projects also offer state contests, such as dog and horse shows, shooting sports shoots, and a meat judging contests. Counties around the state frequently offer contests in various project areas, including livestock. The SLV office typically posts info about these events on their Facebook page.