4-H Fair & Expo
All 4-H'ers in New London County are welcome at the Fair! It doesn't matter if you are in a community-based club, an afterschool program, or a science program. Our Fair is for our 4-H'ers, run by our 4-H'ers!
New London County 4-H Fair
2024 FAIR DATES
AUGUST 9-11, 2024
(Check back for regular updates)
Fair Board/Association meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the Month, October-July at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich. Executive Board members meet at 6:30 pm, followed by our monthly meeting at 7:00pm.
All NLC 4-H'ers are part of the Fair Board. We urge you to attend each month and be a part of the planning and organizing of the 4-H Fair.
2024 NLC 4-H Fair Forms
Available spring/summer 2024
2024 NLC 4-H Fair Book/Poster Art Contest Links:
Available March 2024
2024 NLC 4-H Expo Ad/Sponsorship Campaign Links:
Available February 2024
September 5, 2023
April 4, 2023
All 4-H'ers are encouraged to join in the Public Speaking contests. They can present a speech, a power point, a demonstration, or an illustrated talk (using poster or photos) and are divided into Junior and Senior presenters. The guidelines for the speeches, presentations, and local contests are in the NLC 4-H Public Presentation Information Flyer below. Topics are entirely of the presenters choosing. Everyone receives a participation ribbon.
In an effort to be in line with other counties throughout Connecticut, we have removed the requirement to participate at a local contest in order to be able to qualify to compete at the county contest scheduled to take place Friday February 23, 2024. Clubs are welcome to host local contests if they wish for those 4-H members who might not be ready for the county level or just to provide additional practice opportunities. The blue ribbon winners of the county competition go on to the next level statewide CT 4-H contest in early March (this contest is virtual). The top four scorers in each category will then compete for the UConn 4-H state title (in person) on Saturday, March 16, 2024.
4-H Explorers may participate at the local contest, they do not compete at the county level.
- NLC 4-H Public Speaking info flyer 2024
- New London County Public Speaking Registration
- New London County Explorers Commentary Card
- Speech Evaluation: Senior Junior Novice
- Visual Evaluation: Senior Junior Novice
- Team Evaluation: Senior
- Tip Sheets- UConn Public Speaking 101
- Effectively Using Electronic Media
- Presenting In Cyberspace
- Tips for a Winning Presentation!
- Presentation Building Blocks
The Food Show is open to all clubs in New London County! If you are an independent member or only one or two of your club who wants to participate, contact the 4-H Office to be connected with a participating club.
Each year has a different theme, and clubs choose how to interpret the theme. The club plans a meal and each 4-H'er makes a dish to bring. Clubs should set and decorate their table according to their theme. You can even dress up!
Each club is judged and then the judges decide the top 3 winners of the Coveted 4-H Spatula Award. There is also the 4-H'ers Choice Award- each 4-H'ers places a vote for the club display/meal they liked the best. All participants receive a Food Show ribbon.
Poster Contest theme varies by year. Anyone may submit a poster, and they are judged at the same time as food judging.
OH! And did we say after judging EVERYONE EATS ALL THE FOOD!
- New London County Food Show flyer
- NLC Food Show registration writable
- 4-H Food Show Score Sheet
- Kitchen-Food safety check list
- Food Show recipe card checklist
- NLC 4-H Menu Planner Worksheet
- UConn 4-H Explorers Snack Planner
- Poster Evaluation
- Table Settings
Annual Recognition Night
This event is scheduled for November 17, 2023. It is a celebration of the accomplishments by all of the 4-H'ers, volunteers, and leaders in our county. In addition to shout-outs to winners from the Food Show, Public Speaking, Fair, and National Trip awards, we recognize leaders for significant service milestones (every five years). Fair Premium checks are handed out and we install the incoming NLC 4-H Fair Officers.
Submissions for the County Recognition awards are reviewed in October and publicly awarded at Recognition Night.
- New London County 4-H Recognition Form (Youth Submits) Awardees receive a Project Pin and gift card to Tractor Supply Company Store or Walmart
- Nomination Form for NLC 4-H Volunteer (Anyone can nominate) Awardees receive a Volunteer Leadership pin and Dunkin Donuts gift card
- Nomination Form for Youth Project Award (Leader Submits) Awardees receive a Project Pin
End of the Year
As the end of the year wraps up, we need some help from the club leaders. Please see the form below.
We have the following educational activities available:
- Rabbit hopping tutorial
- Clipping your goat
- Blowing and washing your beef project
- Dog project info
- Drenching your goat
View all of our educational activities.
Community Partnership Opportunities
New London County Farm Bureau:
4-H Friday Flash
New London County 4-H Friday Flash! Weekly E-Newsletter
Quick Links to Common Forms
- UConn 4-H Yearly Record
- UConn 4-H Animal Project Record
- UConn 4-H Non-Animal Record
- Large Animal Verification Form
- Small Animal Verification Form
- Lease Agreement
- RI Guidelines for Dual State Enrollments
- UConn 4-H Teen Recognition Form (for National Trips and Teen Council)
All UConn 4-H Record Book Materials can be found HERE
All General 4-H Forms, Verification Forms, and other animal-related forms can be found HERE