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4-H clover Judging 4-H at fairs and challenge events

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Minnesota 4-H depends on the skills, talents and dedication of hundreds of adult judges. They make possible our county fairs and other competitive events across the state.

To be a judge, you don't need to be 4-H alum or an expert. You do need to know how to evaluate the learning that a 4-H'er has done. We will train you to do that.

Once you are signed up as a judge and have done your basic training, your name will be in our judges database, which 4-H staff use to locate judges for events. Some projects require specialist judging training. Judges can be paid for their time and travel expenses.

Find out how to become a judge.

Current 4-H judges

If you're already a 4-H judge in Minnesota, you are likely listed in our database of judges; log in to your 4-H judges profile or learn more about accessing your judges profile. 

For assistance, contact us at fourh@umn.edu or 612-624-8191.

Upcoming judges trainings

How to be a judge


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