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Consumer Judging

4-H judging event helps members learn to make wise choices.

Why Consumer Judging?

We make choices everyday: what to eat, what to wear, what to buy. Consumer Judging teaches decision making based on information learned and studied and on facts that have been collected. 

The 4-H Consumer Judging Contest helps 4-H members practice making decisions by matching knowledge, skills and abilities against those of others. 4-H members learn to rank articles or products over others based on standards and quality.

The Stark-Billings County events will be scheduled soon. Check back for dates. All events will be held at the Stark-Billings County Extension Office. See more information on Consumer Judging here!


Who Takes Part in Consumer Judging?

4-H Consumer Judging is open to any 4-H member--boy or girl. 

  • Beginner - Ages 8, 9, & 10 (10 year-olds may participate in either the Beginner or Junior Age Division) 
  • Junior - Ages 11-13 (13 year-olds may participate in either the junior or senior division)  
  • Senior - Ages 14-19

What's Involved in the Contest?

The contest will consist of six classes. There will be two classes in each of three topics. Standards (guidelines) are developed for each topic. See the study guides for classes to be offered this year:

The topics for the 2015 4-H Consumer Choices contests have been selected and sample classes and study guides are being created and will be linked on the 4-H web site when finished. The Beginner information will be up soon. The Junior/Senior study guides and sample classes will be on the web site sometime in January 2015.

The topics for 2015 consumer choices judging are:

  • Beginners

o   Bread

o   Pets

o   T-shirts


  • Junior/Senior

o   Fast Food

o   Headphones

o   Jeans


Four classes will be created in each topic area for each age division. These “county” classes will be ready around mid-March.


The Consumer Choices publication CC616 has been updated and is available on the 4-H web site from the Consumer Choices Contest page  or it can be ordered from the Distribution Center.


The state 4-H Consumer Choices contest for junior and senior contestants will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.


Oral reasons will be given on three of the classes. Classes selected for the oral reasons will include one from each topic area and will be announced as they are judged. Oral reasons will be given at the conclusion of judging all classes. 

Participants will be allowed 12 minutes for placing classes. 

How Does the Stark-Billings County Contest Work?

See the schedule of county workouts and the contest when it becomes available. Workout scores will be averaged at the county events to determine team members. To be eligible for team selection, 4-Hers must attend one of the two workout sessions plus the judging contest. All participating 4-Hers are recognized.

The set of standards (guidelines) for the classes are available at the extension office or see Consumer Judging. 4-Hers who read through the standards before the workouts are better prepared to judge the classes. 

Also see Consumer Judging


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