4-H Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Contest

Decatur County 4-H’ers joined other southwest district counties as they participated in the first ever virtual Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging Southwest District area contest in Tifton, Georgia on November 16, 2020. Junior members (7th-8th grade) were Olivia Griner, Holten Dollar and Landon Temples. Senior 4-H’ers (9th-12th grade), Rachel Hayes, Corbin Austin and Omarion Smart comprised the senior team.
Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging is a competitive judging contest where 4-H’ers learn about cotton as an agriculture commodity in our state as well as to promote cotton through commercials or advertisements. 4-H’ers gain skills in making rational decisions when purchasing goods and services while maximizing resources. The contest is made up of two competition areas: judging classes and advertisements/commercials. In the judging class portion of the competition, 4-H’ers are required to judge four classes of consumer items or services, ranking items based on provided details, factors and scenarios as well as provide oral reasonings for their selections. The class categories for 2020 were vending machine snacks, gym memberships, smart watches and pajama pants. The advertisements and commercials portions require 4-H’ers to promote cotton and its usage through a presentation, costume and poster.
The Decatur County 4-H Junior Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging team took 4th place honors. Rachel Hayes received 5th place Senior High Individual in Placings and Reasons.
Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 175,000 people annually through UGA Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your Decatur County Extension office at 248-3033.

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