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Eddy County Achievement Day

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Achievement Day always comes faster than you think! For those members or parents not familiar with Achievement Day, it is the culminating event of the 4-H year. 4-H members work on their projects throughout the 4-H year to bring them to Eddy County Achievement Day. Members will sit with a judge to be interviewed about the workmanship, design, and knowledge of their exhibit. Once all exhibits have been judged in that category, judges will assign ribbons to the exhibits. All exhibits earning a blue ribbon through this process are invited to the North Dakota State Fair.

The annual 4-H event is scheduled for July 9, 2020, at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, New Rockford, ND. 

Getting ready for Achievement Day means working with your animals, going to weigh-ins and trainings, planting your veggies, taking your photos, practicing your recipes, sewing up those curtains and sooo much more!  Get the rules, put the deadlines on your calendar and check out the great new categories!

The operation of Achievement Day is primarily volunteer-based. Volunteers help judges, organize projects, pick up trash, manage events, contests and more. Most volunteers come from 4-H families, previous 4-H members or groups of people that have volunteered for several years.

Along with static projects, livestock are also a draw for many people. Livestock are allowed to be brought in the night before  since the livestock show starts at 9:00 am on Achievement Day.

My First Achievement Day - What Do I Do?

If this is the first time you have participated in Achievement Day, here is a breakdown of the happenings. First start before Achievement Day on the project area you chose on 4-H Online (cold winter days are the best time to complete static exhibits.) Next, check the Dates & Deadlines section on the website (or they are always located on the front page of the newsletters) for any registration deadlines and of course the date of Achievement Day. You will be emailed and mailed our Achievement Day Handbook where you will find the time in which your club is suppose to arrive to static judging. Project cards will also be mailed out that need to be attached to your project with either tape or string. This card will help identify your project at Achievement Day and State Fair. This is also the time when you look for specific rules that apply to your project, like all food projects should have a recipe card attached. 

When you arrive at Achievement Day with your exhibits, check in at the front table to get your exhibit list and name tag. Next find the judge that judges your exhibits category. If the judge is with another 4-H member, wait in line until they are finished. When it is your turn, sit down across from the judge and hand the judges helper your exhibit list. You can expect to be asked a few questions (interviewed) about your project by the judge. This interview will help the judge learn more about your project and your learning experience. It also helps 4-H members practice verbally communicating their thoughts as well as develop public speaking skills. When you are done with your interview move on to your next exhibit.

When you are completely done with all your interview judging, hand your exhibit list back into the front desk. From there, you will need to decide what projects you want take to State Fair (only exhibits that receive blue ribbons or higher are invited to go to State Fair.) You will also need to decide which project (only one (1) project) you would like to take through the premium sale. The project you wish to take through the premium sale and the list of projects going to State Fair need to be handed in to the front desk before 4:00 pm.

Achievement Day Schedule

2019 Achievement Day Schedule

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