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State Poster, Photo, and Writing Contest Open to Wirt 4-H'ers

Wirt County 4-H'ers are encouraged to show their 4-H spirit by participating in the 2019 State 4-H Poster, Photo, and Writing Contests. Entries will be displayed and judged around the community in March 2019.

Winners in each category will be chosen to move onto the state level, where entries will be displayed at the West Virginia State Fair. All three contests are open to all Wirt County 4-H members.  Cloverbud entries will not be sent to the state level or judged but will be displayed at local businesses  to help promote 4-H. Entries submitted to the state level will be eligible to receive a $3.50 premium, state fair ribbon, and certificate.  

The deadline for all entries to be turned into the Wirt County Extension Office is March 1, 2019. For questions regarding any of the contests, please contact a local club leader or Extension Agent Callie Daugherty at 304-275-3101.

Poster Contest Photo Exhibition Writing Exhibition

State 4-H Poster Contest

Wood County State 4-H Poster Winner Mikala Fling - The World is in Our Hands, Keep it Safe!

To increase 4-H members' awareness of the topics and to give 4-H'ers an opportunity for artistic expression.


Any current 4-H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as a 21 year old) may enter regardless of his/her project enrollment. No project requirements. 

Age Divisions – There are three (3) age divisions:

  • Junior – 4-H members age 8 to 10 by October 1, 2019
  • Intermediate – 4-H members age 11 to 13 by October 1, 2019
  • Senior – 4-H members age 14 to 21 by October 1, 2019

There are eight (8) categories for the poster contest:

  1. 4-H Promotion General: To increase awareness about the 4-H program. This category is for promoting 4-H overall and specific 4-H activities may fall into one of the categories listed below.
  2. 4-H Promotion Club and Special Interest Programs: To increase awareness about 4-H clubs and special interest programs. Examples include community clubs, afterschool clubs, and specialty programs like shooting sports, robotics, livestock, outdoor, photography, and teen leadership.
  3. 4-H Promotion Camp: To increase awareness about the 4-H camping program. Posters can focus on camping overall or a specific camp - county, regional, or state; weekend, overnight, or day camp.
  4. Healthy Living: To increase awareness about healthy lifestyle issues on topics such as nutrition; physical activity; social-emotional health; drug prevention; safety and prevention in areas like food, ATV, farming, fire, water.
  5. Citizenship: To increase awareness of youths' role in civic leadership and service to their communities. This category also explores government principles, cultural history, and global education.
  6. Agriculture: To increase awareness of topics related to agriculture to gain better understanding of the role of agriculture in our society. Topics such as horticulture, livestock, wildlife.
  7. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): To increase awareness of STEM activities and careers in topics such as life sciences; technology; robotics; applied mathematics; computer science; engineering; environmental and natural sciences.
  8. Dairy: To show, using an imaginative theme, that milk is an important source of nutrients and to promote the use of milk *sponsor – American Dairy Association.
  • Number of Posters – A 4-H member can enter any or all eight (8) categories in their age division.
  • Individual – All posters must be constructed by one 4-H member individually. No team posters.
  • Materials – Posters should be standard poster board. Foam board will not be accepted. Possible materials to use on the poster board are: markers, crayons, colored pencils, pasted-on construction paper or fabric (flat), paint, press-on letters, or stenciled letters (filled in). Nothing must protrude from or stick up on the poster, it MUST be a flat poster submission.
  • Size – All posters must be 22” x 14”. (This is one-half of a full sheet of poster board).
  • Original Work – All posters must be created by the 4-H members submitting them. Pinterest and Internet search engines can be used for inspiration, but copying a poster from the internet is not appropriate and will not be accepted. Posters also may not contain copyrighted characters. Some copyrighted examples are Disney Characters, Snoopy, Minecraft, and Harry Potter.
  • 4-H Name and Emblem – All uses of the 4-H Club Name or Emblem shall be consistent with the educational purposes, character-building objectives, and dignity of the 4-H program and the 4-H Club Name or Emblem shall be given a position of prominence. It is not permissible to superimpose any letter, design, or object on the 4-H Club Emblem, or to materially alter its intended shape. For more information, review Using the 4-H Name and Emblem (PDF).
  • Identification – Each poster must have the following information in the upper left corner on the back of the poster: Name, County, Age (as of October 1, 2019), poster category, age division. Use the provided tags for this information.
Displays and Rewards
County Level
  • Posters will be judged at the county level. One poster in each category and age division may be submitted for state judging. It is at the county’s discretion to send winning posters on to the state level contest.
State Level
  • Posters will be judged at the state level. All state level entries will receive a certificate, appropriate ribbon award, State Fair ribbon, and premium ($3.50) for each poster entered at the state level.
  • Posters submitted to the state level will be on display electronically at the State Fair of West Virginia in August. Dairy category posters will be physically displayed at the State Dairy Show in August at WVU Jackson’s Mill.
  • Special Award for Dairy Category – The state winner in each of the three age categories will receive a homemade ice cream freezer. The freezers will be awarded at the West Virginia Dairy Cattle Show and Festival. The sponsor of the freezers is the American Dairy Association.
  • Special Award for 4-H Promotion Categories – The individuals who create the top poster (out of the three (3) age divisions) at the State level in each of the three 4-H Promotion categories (General, Club, and Camp) will have an opportunity to work with our WVU Extension Service Communications Office to further develop the posters into a promotion piece that will be used state wide during future 4-H programs and events.

State 4-H Photo Exhibition

A youth taking a photograph with a camera.


To encourage 4‑H members to take and exhibit pictures that interpret 4‑H to the exhibit viewers...communicate what 4‑H is all about. Emphasis should be placed on 4‑H activities.


Photos must be taken by a 4‑H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as 21 year old), but the member need not be enrolled in a 4‑H photography project. The exhibitor must be a 4‑H member during the year the photo is submitted.


  • Number – A 4-H member can enter up to three (3) photos in this contest.
  • Photo Size – Photos must be either 3” x 5” or 4” x 6” in size.
  • Mounting – Each photo must be mounted. The mounting material should be 5” x 7”. Mounting material can be cardstock, foam board, poster board, or a picture mat. It should be heavy material, so no printer paper or construction paper. Do not put photos in picture frames.
  • Identification – Each photo must have the following information on the center, back of the picture: Name, County, Age, and an identifying caption for the picture . Use the provided tags for this information.


  • The State 4‑H Photo Exhibition will be on display at the State Fair of West Virginia in August.
  • All participants will receive a State Fair ribbon, certificate, and premium ($3.50) for each photo entered.
  • Photos will be returned to counties following the State Fair during checkout day for the 4-H exhibits.
  • Individuals visiting the State Fair will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite photos and the top photos will be announced following the State Fair. There are no additional ribbons or premiums for those selected as People’s Choice winner.

State 4-H Writing Exhibition

Writing with a heart and sun.

To encourage 4-H members to express their thoughts, feelings, understanding and impressions through written media. Exhibits should compel the observer to feel, think or be inspired by the 4-H member’s interpretation and expression.

  • Entries must be written by the 4-H member (age 8 by October 1, 2019 up to last day as 21 year old) during the current 4-H club year.
  • County offices are welcome to accept Cloverbud exhibits. However, Cloverbud exhibits may only be exhibited at the county level and should be recognized at the county level in accordance with the state Cloverbud policies.
  • There are three (3) categories for the 4-H Writing Exhibition: Essay, Short Story, or Poetry.
  •  Number of EntriesA 4-H member can enter no more than one entry for each of the three (3) categories in 4-H Writing Exhibition.
  • Length of Entries – Maximum 1,000 words.
  • Original Work – All entries must be written by the 4-H members submitting them. Copying someone else’s work is not appropriate and will not be accepted.
  • Format information – Document should be typed using 12-point font, single-spaced, 1” margins,
    8.5” x 11” size page.
  • Identification – Each entry must have the following information at the top center: Name, County, Age, and category. This information can be inserted into the document’s header.
Displays and Rewards
  • The State 4-H Writing Exhibition will be on display electronically at the State Fair of West Virginia in August.
  • All participants will receive a State Fair ribbon, certificate, and premium ($3.50) for each writing entry.
  • National Exhibition – Entries from across the nation will be available online at the NAE4-HA Communication and Expressive Arts Task Force website
Wirt County 4-H Writing Submissions
  • Submissions: Submissions can be entered in three ways by the March 1, 2019 deadline.
    • Electronic: Email submissions to Callie.Daugherty@
    • Mail: Mail your entry and completed cover sheet to P.O. Box 700, Elizabeth, WV 26143.
    • Drop Off: Drop off your entry to our office located at 181 Court Street, Elizabeth, WV 26143.