Dane County 4H Communication Arts

4H kids having fun expressing themselves!

All About Dane County 4H Communication Arts January 10, 2012

We humans seem to live to communicate and communicate to live! The Dane County 4H Communication Arts group will help you improve your communication skills by providing activities where you can practice in front of an audience.

If you are into speeches, demonstrations, and interpretive readings, then the Communication Arts Festival is for you!

Here is some information about the Communication Arts Festival:

Who Can Enter: All Dane County 4-H members and other youth group participants. You DO NOT need to be enrolled in a specific project to participate. This is a pre-fair event.

How Many Speeches:  You can 2 different types of individual speeches  and 1 group clowning.

Judging/Awards: Participants are judged on an individual conference basis. Awards will be given out at the conclusion of the Communication Arts Festival.  You can sign up to present two different types of speeches plus one group presentation.


Demonstration How to “make” a project or “do” an activity in any project area. A planned demonstration that takes the audience through the complete process with an introduction, body and summary.
Illustrated Talk, Power Point Use of visuals, posters, etc. with a talk. A planned presentation with an introduction, body and summary on any subject.
Original Speech Written by the speaker on any topic. Notes may be used.
Interpretive Reading Any piece or collection of prose or poetry. Participant may write their own. Material is read with personal interpretation. Pieces may be combined to meet time requirements.
Memorized Prose, Poetry,or Story Any piece of literature from memory. Participant selects written prose or poetry or writes their own. Material needs to be presented without notes in an interpretive fashion.
Radio Broadcast Participant prepares a newscast about a variety of 4-H events or issues (club, county, state or national). Evaluations will be based on story quality, transition from story to story, how close to target length and effective use of voice. Judge will not be in eye contact with presenter
Extemporaneous Speech Participant selects a topic “from a hat” and will have at least 15 minutes to write their speech before it is presented. Topics will include subjects dealing with 4H or current events. Notes may be used for the presentation.
Clowning Individual or group presentations.

Here is a guideline for types of speeches and how long they can be.

Cloverbud Any Topic 1-2 minutes
3rd, 4th Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point 2-5 minutes
3rd, 4th Broadcast 2-3 minutes
5th, 6th, 7th Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point 5-10 minutes
5th, 6th, 7th Original Speech, Interpretive Reading, Memorized, Extemp 3-5 minutes
5th, 6th, 7th Broadcast 4 min. 20 seconds
8th Grade & Over Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point 10-12 minutes
8th Grade & Over Original Speech, Interpretive Reading, Memorized, Extemp 5-10 minutes
8th Grade & Over Broadcast 6 min. 40 seconds
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Clowning 5-10 minutes
8th Grade & Over Clowning 10-15 minutes

16 Responses to “All About Dane County 4H Communication Arts”

  1. Paula breihan Says:

    How do you register for this event? My daughter has a solo acting piece would that fall into the interpretive reading category?

    • Polly Says:

      Hi Paula,
      The registration form will be posted in a few weeks. A post will go out to everyone who is subscribed to the website.

  2. Polly Says:

    The registration form is now up! Click on “registration” in the menu at the top right of this page.

  3. Amy Says:

    Where is the festival this year?

  4. Lori Says:

    What is the sign up deadline?

  5. Jen Kuhn Says:

    Is a solo speech the only option for a Cloverbud? Does it need to be an original speech that they write?

  6. sarah wanish Says:

    Is there a limit as to how many presentations a child can enter?

  7. Laura Says:

    How long does the event last? We have another morning obligation but would really like to attend!

    • Polly Says:

      The event usually lasts about 2.5 hours. We can schedule you toward the end, although the schedule times are very rough and very dependent on individual speech times.

  8. dihutchinson Says:

    When is the registration deadline for 2015? I’d like to pass it on to my club members. Thank you. -Diana

    • Polly Says:

      Hi Diana!
      Thanks so much for your interest! The registration deadline for the Communication Arts FEstival will be Friday, February 20. You can register here:

  9. sarahwanish Says:

    Please don’t comment in this section. If you have questions please directly contact Sarah Wanish at

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