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State Fall Judging Day Is October 23

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Christie Henderson, Extension Assistant

Fall Judging Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021 on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the lobby of Brehm Animal Science with competition beginning at 2:00 p.m. Please note: registration for Forestry Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the contest beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. at the judging location. Additionally, registration for Consumer Decision Making will still begin at 1:00 p.m. but the contest will begin at 1:30 p.m.

More information regarding locations is forthcoming. The event will conclude with an awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. Competition will be for senior judging teams only (9th – 12th grade as of January 1, 2021) in the following areas:

Consumer Decision Making Judging (Contact: Lori Gallimore)

Each region will qualify four (4) teams for state competition. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver, Colorado in early January, 2022.

Dairy Products Judging (Contact: Daniel Sarver)

This is a non-qualifying event. There is no limit as to the number of teams that may participate from a county.

Forestry Judging (Contact: Larry Tankersley)

Each region will qualify four (4) teams for state competition through a regional contest. The winning team will represent Tennessee at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational near Weston, West Virginia.

Please note the special eligibility rule for forestry judging participants. In order to be eligible for the 2022 National 4-H Forestry Invitational, all contestants must be in the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grade as of January 1, 2022. Twelfth graders are not eligible.  

Poultry Judging (Contact: Aaron Fisher)

This is a non-qualifying event. There is no limit to the number of teams that may participate from a county. The winning team will represent Tennessee in the National 4-H Poultry Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Grill Master Challenge (Contact: Rob Williams)

Each region will qualify three (3) teams for state competition through a regional contest. A team consists of four (4) individuals in each of four divisions: beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Individual species winners from regional contests, not on state qualifying teams, will also be eligible to cook in the state contest and compete for individual awards. The top two chicken barbecue contestants will represent Tennessee in the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Registration Details

In order to prepare for the judging event, we need to know how many are coming. There is a preregistration requirement for all teams through SUPER at https://super2.tennessee.edu/. EVERYONE who is going to the event, including 4-H agents, coaches, parents, guests, etc. must be registered through SUPER.

All registration should be completed by Friday, October 15, 2021. Your SUPER registration will be your reservation for the awards banquet. If you are NOT planning to stay for the awards banquet, however, there will be a space in SUPER to indicate this.

PLEASE note that our events are NOT possible without the help of UT and TSU Extension staff and volunteers. Agents and volunteers will be assigned to help with contests where they do not have a competitor from their respective county. Please convey to the volunteers that we need everyone to pitch in to help make our events a success. There will be a follow up on October 11, 2021 with staff/volunteer assignments for all contests.

The cost for the banquet meal is $16.00 per meal. You may pay in advance or at the registration table as you arrive. All checks should be made out to “Tennessee 4-H Foundation.” Counties will be responsible for any meals not cancelled by Friday, October 15, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Henderson at 865-974-2128.