Month: February 2024

2024 UConn 4-H Dairy Judging Tour Schedule

The 2024 UConn 4-H Dairy Judging Farm tours will be held on the last Thursday of each month, from February through May, with the UConn 4-H State Judging Contest being held at the CT Holstein Show at Goshen Fairgrounds on June 29th.

Trainings will be provided throughout the spring to be able to prepare several interested members to compete in the UConn 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest in June. We then will work with the top 6-8 placing members over the summer to prepare our new UConn 4-H Dairy Judging Team to compete at the Big E and Louisville this fall, then then on to Madison to the World Dairy Expo in 2025. The following tours are open to any fully enrolled and interested 4-H youth to attend. Please bring something to write on (clipboard with paper) and a pen. Disposable plastic boots will be provided. There is no need to register ahead of time, just come to any or all you can and learn how to judge dairy cows and heifers!


2024 UConn 4-H Dairy Judging Tour Schedule


Thursday, February 29, 2024, 6:30 pm to 8 pm: Judging Practice at Kingswood Farm, Anne Ennis, 289 Providence Rd., Brooklyn, CT 06234


Thursday, March 28, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Judging Practice at Birch Mill Farm, the Tim and Katlyn Kinsella, 185 Belden Street, Falls Village, CT 06031 


Thursday, April 25, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Judging Practice at Millborne Farm, Dr. Morey Miller, 264 N Granby Rd, Granby,  CT  06035-1301


Thursday, May 30, 2024, 7 pm to 8:30 pm: Judging Practice at Smyths Trinity Farm, The Dugas Family, 4 Oliver Rd, Enfield, CT 06082


Saturday, June 29, 2024, 6 pm: UConn 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest at the CT Holstein Show, Goshen Fairgrounds, 116 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756


And a special thanks to all of these hard-working dairy farmers for opening up their barns to us!


Please remember that on Saturday, February 24th, at the UConn 4-H Nutrition and Food Show, there is an added competition for Grilled Cheese and Milkshake Contests. The winners of these contests will be invited to be the UConn 4-H Grilled Cheese and Milkshake Teams at the 2024 New England 4-H Dairy Program at the Big E.

2024 UConn 4-H Horse Academic Contests

The 2024 UConn 4-H Horse Academic Contests will be held in January and April of 2024.

Registration Packet

This Packet Contains:

  • Rules for Horsebowl (Quizbowl) at all 3 levels
  • Rules for Horse Judging at all 3 levels
  • Deadlines for entry
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Entry fees, forms and information

Senior Contest Kentucky Event Eligibility Information

  • Horsebowl – At this time we do not have a Horsebowl State Coach – so the Horsebowl is not eligible for New England Contest or Eastern National 4-H Roundup participation.
  • Horse Judging Contest – members who have an average score of 38, (across all judging classes and reasons) and want to participate will be considered for the team. With preference given to the highest average scores. (All classes and reasons scores will be added together and then divided by the total classes judges and reasons sets to determine average scores.)  State 4-H Horse Judging Coach will determine practice schedule, and events that will be participated in.

Contest Dates and Deadlines for Registration  

Horsebowl – January 27, MX County Ext Center, Check in 9:30 AM – Deadline for Entry –January 6 

Horse Judging – April 27, 2024, Storrs Campus, Check in 8:30 AM – Deadline for Entry has been extended to March 20th



2024 UConn 4-H Goat Day

UConn 4-H Goat Day Registration is open!
UConn 4-H Goat Day 2024 will take place on April 6th on the UConn Storrs campus. Workshops include dairy, fiber and meat goat workshops and are open to individuals ages 7 and up. Registration deadline is March 13th. Early registration is encouraged. Event information is available at Registration may be mailed in or submitted online at
Questions can be directed to Jen Cushman,

2024 UConn 4-H Expressive Arts Day

UConn 4-H Expressive Arts Day will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at the Litchfield County Extension Center and the Five Points Art Center, both in Torrington.  This exciting one-day event will include the 4-H Fashion Review, Photography and Art Contests along with the Textile Arts Contest. Workshops and an awards program are also part of this day.  Registration is $10 per person.  Please review the guidelines for each of the contests you will be participating in.  Please note photography entries are due by March 1st to Nancy Wilhelm and general registration is due by March 15th.  Art and Textile Arts entries are brought to the event for judging.

General Overview

Registration Form

Fashion Review Guidelines

Smart Shopper Workbook

Sewn Outfit Judging Form

Art Contest Guidelines

Photography Contest Guidelines

Textile Arts Contest Guidelines


9:00 a.m. Registration
Senior Fashion Revue evaluations for Court of Honor begins at 9:15 am

9:15 a.m. Opening Announcements

9:30-10:15 Session I
• Workshops
Participants will be asked to sign up for their workshops on-line. Information will be sent to the online
registration after we receive your registration. On-line workshop registration will close on Sunday March
17 at 5pm – so register early. A variety of interesting and fun workshops are available. Choose from
square dancing, bell ringing, mindfulness art, quilting and 3D string art. Limited to 10-12 youth per most
workshops. First come first serve.

10:20-11:05 Session II
• Workshops Repeated

11:10-12:10 Session III
• Fashion Revue modeling workshop for all Fashion Revue participants
• Some workshops repeated for those not in Fashion Revue

12:15-12:45 Awards Program in
This portion of the event includes the 4-H Fashion Revue and award presentations