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

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.

Judging makes 4-H competitions possible

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.

Returning judges

If you're already a 4-H judge in Minnesota, you are likely listed in our database of judges. You can log in to 4HOnline to update your profile information and take online training. If your eligibility has lapsed, we can get you active again. Log in or contact our office.

For help with 4HOnline, your profile or the online training, see the user guide.

Login to 4HOnline

Upcoming 4-H judges training

There are no upcoming events. Check out other 4-H events.

How to be a judge



If you have any questions, contact us at fourh@umn.edu or 612-624-2116.

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