UGA Extension Office


Dougherty County 4-Hers participate in many local, district, state, and national activities, such as:

  • National 4-H Week
  • Stash the Trash
  • Project competitions on all levels
  • Sunbelt Ag Expo

Ask us about these local activities:

  • Summer Field Trips
  • Summer Fun Classes
  • 4-H2O Camp
  • 4-H MilkMake
  • 4-H Peanutrition

Be sure to check with Mrs. Paige for more information on activities available for your age group.

Cotton Boll & Consumer Judging

State 4-H Council
(8th - 12th Graders)

State 4-H Council, a Georgia 4-H core program, is the constitutional meeting of the Georgia 4-H Council and includes the election of Georgia 4-H state officers.  Registration for State 4-H Council is open to any current 8th-12th grade 4-H members.  This annual meeting hosts multiple events, competitions, and training throughout the weekend for youth and adults.

Cotton Boll and Consumer Judging

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.  4-H’ers are required to judge four classes of consumer items or services. Each class contains four similar items and has an accompanying situation statement. This statement describes a consumer and gives the needs to be considered when he/she makes a decision to purchase the item.  Factors influencing these needs may include the person’s age, gender, available money, lifestyles, school or job status, preferences or other requirements that depend on the item given and the individual in the situation.



4-H State Council

State 4-H Congress

Since 1942, State Congress has been the premier competition and recognition event for high school age Georgia 4-H’ers.  Held each year in Atlanta, State Congress is a four-day event that hosts various contests, recognizes 4-H scholarship recipients, and honors state 4-H winners in a variety of projects and competitions.  Throughout the week, we highlight outstanding 4-H student-led service projects, professionals, friends, private donors, and public officials for their contributions to the success of 4-H in Georgia.

The cornerstone of the week is the state level Georgia 4-H Project Achievement competition. Over 200 youth from across Georgia delivered 10 to 12-minute presentations in various project areas and met with judges to discuss their portfolio of project work, leadership, and service.   The announcement of winners takes place in an energetic program at Six Flags over Georgia in the Crystal Pistol on Wednesday evening as the park closes.

State Congress also hosts the Leadership in Action state competition.  Eight youth from each area in Georgia are competing for state honors. Young people in Leadership in Action have identified a community need and worked to meet the need in their community. The competition takes place on Tuesday with the announcement of winners during the Tuesday evening Leadership Banquet.

Other activities include tours of the Atlanta area and a reception for the student to meet with 4-H donors and UGA administrators.  As delegates come from all corners of Georgia, the opportunity to meet and spend time in the capital of Georgia is an experience itself for many competitors.

Full-time delegates to State Congress are high school-aged 4-H’ers who have advanced beyond district competition and are competing considered state finalists in the Project Achievement and Leadership in Action competitions.  High school-aged special event state winners are invited to State Congress for the Annual Banquet on Thursday evening.

Coordinated by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Georgia 4-H program, Congress is financially supported by donors and contributors to the Georgia 4-H Foundation.

Junior Conference

Georgia National Fair

4-Hers participate in the Georgia National Fair annually in a variety of booths, exhibits, and contests.


Junior Conference
for 6th - 8th Graders

Rock Eagle 4-H Center

Held annually at Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Junior Conference is a two day recreational and educational opportunity planned for 4-H’ers in the 6th through 8th grades.  The weekend includes a mix of workshops and education sessions, along with opportunities for community service and exhibits, planned by and led by the Junior Board of Directors.  Recreational programs for 4-H’ers are included to allow 4-H’ers to interact with youth from all over Georgia.  Educational workshops, community service, and recreation are led by high school-aged teen leaders.
Highlights of the weekend include:

  • Junior Conference brings together 4-H delegations from across the state of Georgia, giving the chance to meet new friends across county lines
  • Engage in hands-on workshops and educational sessions
  • Participate in recreation and hear a performance from the Georgia 4-H performing arts group, Clovers & Co.
  • Learn more about 4-H opportunities and project work through the exhibit fair
  • Complete community service projects benefiting communities across Georgia