4-H Hay Bale Decorating Fun

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Hay Bale Decorating Fun


  • Fun Family Time
  • Promoting 4-H

Who can Participate:

  • Open to all 4-H’ers and their Families

Categories of Competitions

Due to the COVID-19 and our 4-H restrictions, entries must be constructed by individuals or families. One entry per individual/or Family

  • Individual Cloverbud 5-7 (no competition)
  • Individual 8-13
  • Individual 14-18
  • Family – must be members of the same family

Hay Bales Theme

Bales should be designed around promoting NC 4-H

  • Suggested Ideas include but not limited to:
    • Head, Heart, Hands, Health
    • Projects: STEM, Service, Outdoor Living, NC Culinary, Healthy Living
    • 4-H Grows Here
    • 4-H Fall Harvest
    • NC Regions: Piedmont, Coastal Plains, Mountain

Guidelines for Participation

  • Rectangular hale bales should be used.
  • Please limit your decoration to two (2) – eight (8) bales.
  • Each entry must have a 4-H slogan that communicates the 4-H theme that has been chosen.
  • Entry must have the official 4-H clover or the words 4-H displayed somewhere on it.
  • Entries will be judged on 4-H message, eye appeal, use of materials, and creativity.
  • The bales should be decorated with a good clean wholesome nature. No vulgar or suggestive decorations will be allowed. Decorations should be weather and wind-proof.
  • NO Commercial or Political party signs of ANY KIND are allowed.
  • A county can submit as many entries as you want.
  • 4-H members must be registered in 4HOnline.
  • The entry must be displayed.
    • Location may vary depending on your preference and approvals:
      • Extension office, home, other county buildings, library, school just to name a few. Just be sure to get permission if you are using a county building etc.
      • Only one family member/individual at a time can decorate if you are using a central location due to our 4-H restrictions at this time.


1st – 3rd place for each division (actual prize TBD)

  • Individual CloverBud 5-7 (participation only)
  • Individual 8-13
  • Individual 14-18
  • Family


  • Entries can be constructed from September 15–November 20, 2020
  • State Registration is due November 23 – check with your county for county deadline
  • Winners will be announced on December 11

Registration Requirements

  • You will be required to upload at least 1 but up to 5 pictures of your entry. You can take pictures from every angle: front, back, top and side so the judges can get a good look at your entry.
  • You will need: Participants Name – if family, you can enter the name as (The McCollum Family as the first and last name), County, Address, Age Category, Slogan, Description including the theme you chose for your entry.
  • Contact the Swain County 4-H Office at 488-3848 to register and Kendra Fortner, Livestock Agent, for more information.