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Conference/Open Judging: What is it and how do you make it best for you?

The term conference or open judging in 4-H is an interactive opportunity for the 4-H member and the judge to review together the exhibit that will be displayed.  Conference Judging can be a great experience for the 4-Her and Judge. Some of the best things about conference judging are (Metzger-Linville,2007) :

  • The member and judge discuss the strong and weak points and how the exhibit might be improved.

  • Gives the member a greater sense of personal involvement.

  • Constructive feedback helps the member gain additional knowledge and skills.

  • Helping a member evaluate their project provides incentive and points the way to personal growth.

Our new video about the Open Judging process will help you to gain a better understanding and idea of what the experience is like: