4-H: Presentations, Pumpkins & Photography

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youth in public speaking, pumpkins and kids photography4-H: Presentations, Pumpkins and Photography

Check out these upcoming programs and activities for youth 5-18.


The Currituck County 4-H Public Speaking program allows youth to develop and practice these essential skills in a positive and fun learning environment under the guidance of caring volunteers and Extension staff. In this program, youth ages 8-18 research, write, practice, and deliver a 5-12 minute presentation on a topic of their choice. Youth ages 5-7 can also participate by presenting a 2-4 minute presentation on the subject of their choice. All participants may compete in the District 4-H Activity Day Competition on June 15, 2023 and qualify for the NC 4-H State Public Speaking competition held on the campus of NC State University in Raleigh, NC on July 22, 2023.

Staff have  scheduled a series of workshops each Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-6 p.m., from  May 3, 2023 until June 15, 2023. Practice sessions will provide youth with assistance, tips and techniques, formatting, preparation, poise (appearance and body language) and rehearsal in a  safe and friendly environment. If your child would like to participate in the public speaking program but cannot attend the Wednesday workshops-call the 4-H staff and we will work with you to find a time that works for your family. To ensure that we have the proper resources and personnel on hand please register your child for the workshop slots they would like to attend at this link: Presentations Practice Workshops

Pumpkins: Giant Pumpkin Contest-Chowan County Regional Fair

Have you ever wanted to grow a giant pumpkin? Now is your chance. The Chowan County Regional Fair is hosting a giant pumpkin growing contest open to all 4-H youth in Northeastern NC. Seed packets and a record keeping book will be provided to all participants. These can be picked up at the Chowan County Extension office or arrangements can be made to have them mailed to the Currituck office for pick up. Youth must keep a record of their project from soil preparation through harvest – the record forms will be provided. It will be the responsibility of the youth to get pumpkins to the weigh-in on Saturday Sep 23, 2023(Chowan County Fairgrounds). 

To participate in this project email the Chowan County 4-H Agent Camryn Byrum at cibyrum@ncsu.edu and she will register you. Be sure to let her know if you will be picking up the seeds from her office or if you need to have them mailed to the Currituck Office.

All participants must be enrolled in 4-H Online in your county. If you need assistance with this contact the Currituck 4-H staff at 252-232-2262.


The Dr Kim Ingold NC 4-H Photography Contest is now open and accepting entries from NC 4-H youth, volunteers and extension professionals. This contest is open to North Carolina 4-H members ages 8-18 (age as of January 1) and adults 19 years and older. All participants must be enrolled in 4-HOnline. 

All photographs must have been taken by the 4-H’er/adult submitting the entry during the contest year (August 2022 – August 2023). Participants must enter their photographs within the age division that applies as of January 1. 

  • Junior: ages 8-13 
  • Senior: ages 14-18 
  • Adult: ages 19+ (New Participation Category for 2023) Each Junior and Senior may enter only one photograph in each of the three categories:
    • “4-H in Action” 
    • “Nature’s Beauty” 
    • “Special Effects” 

Each Junior and Senior may enter the same image in more than one category, if it applies. Adults may only enter one photograph in the following category: “4-H in Action”.

Photographs may be in color OR black-and-white. Photographs MUST BE SUBMITTED at the highest image resolution possible in order to display high-quality images but no larger than 10GB. More detailed description of the categories. All entries must be submitted electronically by the 4-H staff and must be submitted to Sherry Fischlschweiger, slfischl@ncsu.edu by close of business August 11,2023.

For more information or if you need accommodations for persons with disabilities please contact Sherry Fischlschweiger at (252) 232-2262 or by email at slfischl@ncsu.edu no later than 10 business days before the program date. 

 4-H is North Carolina’s largest youth development organization, equipping more than 263,000 young people each year with the skills to succeed and improve the world around them. 4-H programs and camps encourage young people to “learn by doing,” helping them to develop into active, contributing citizens. NC State Extension and the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University coordinate 4-H programs statewide.