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State contests are designed to provide educational and state level competitive events to Montana 4-H'ers age 14 years and older (13 year olds attending Montana 4-H Congress are able to partiicapte in contests , but are not eligable for award trips). Most state contests take place and are recognized at Montana 4-H Congress each year.

Contest Policies and other important award details

2019 Congress Contest Placings

Montana 4-H Congress Contests

The following contest will take place Thursday, July 9, 2020  in conjunction with Montana 4-H Congress. Please review the contest guidelines for individual contest scoring and information.

Career Communications
Demonstrations and/or Illustrated Talk
Fashion Revue
Gavel Games (Parliamentary Procedure)
Horse Judging
Horse Hippology (Horse Skill-a-Thon)
Livestock Judging
Public Speaking
Quilt Contest
Stir‐Up (foods)

Montana 4-H Congress Participants that are 13 years of age are permitted to compete in the state contest at the discretion of the County. However, they may not be eligible for an award trip due to age requirements set by the national/regional event. They do not lose their eligibility and can compete in future years to again earn eligibility for a national award trip.

Competition Resources

If you plan to compete in one of the many communications contests check out the resources available here. There are examples and documents that will help you prepare for participation in these contests.

Communication Contests resources

Other State Contests

KMON Judging Contests

This judging contest takes place each year during KMON Events in Great falls each January. Contact MSU Cascade County Extension Office for details.

2020 Events include: Poultry, Ag Sales, Meats, Agronomy, and Livestock

Event and Registration Information


The Montana 4-H State Shoot

The 4-H State Shoot takes place in early March of each year and serves as the state level competition and qualifying qualifying events for the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament.