4-H Clowning Project

All POSTER exhibits must have a hard backing; such as foam board, plywood, plasterboard, etc. Posters must also have a see- through plastic covering and be displayed horizontally. The thickness of the poster backing should not exceed 5/16 inch. (22" x 28").

If these guidelines are not followed, the exhibit will be judged then dropped one ribbon grade.

Leave the area in the lower right hand corner of posters 3" high by 3" wide for a label. Labels will be provided by the Extension Office. The 4-H member's name and club should be permanently marked on the back side of each poster. All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public.

A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.

The goals of this project are to strengthen self-confidence, to develop physical and performing skills, and to
develop interpersonal and relational skills with people of all ages.

Exhibit Guidelines

Division I:

Exhibit a poster (22" x 28") telling about his/her clown character. A minimum of three (3) photographs must be included: one close-up of the face without make-up, one close-up of the face with
make-up applied by the 4-H’er, and one full-figure shot of the body in make-up and costuming. Additional photographs may be used if desired. Also, a brief biography of your clown is to be included as a part of the display. Use of additional display items is allowed. Division I will be encouraged, but not required, to perform a short solo routine or participate in a group skit. The group skit can incorporate clowns of any level. The routine(s) can be performed live in front of the judge or recorded at an earlier time. If recorded, the skits must be provided to the Project Leader prior to start of judging (preferably as an unlisted YouTube link). It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to ensure that the Project Leader is able to open link or video file prior to judging. This performance will be encouraged, but not required.

Division II

Exhibit a notebook (following guidelines as listed in General Guidelines #12 for Notebook exhibits) about their clown character(s) and clowning as an art form. Each exhibit should have tab dividers separating the 4-H’ers project year (i.e. 4th year, 5th year, etc.) with the most recent year being in the front of the notebook exhibit.

Exhibits should contain a section on the following subjects:

  • Yearly Wrap Up (summary of what you have accomplished, learned, or participated in as
    a clown)
  • Appearances (list of appearance for the year)
  • Education (list of educational opportunities you participated in that pertain to Clowning)
  • Volunteer Work/Community Service (list of volunteer work of community service activities you
    participated in involving your clown charactor(s) or clowning/circus skills)
  • What I Learned (list or report of new skills or information you mastered this year)
  • Goals (list of goals you are setting for the next year in Clowning)
  • Your choice extras! (add items to your exhibit to make it YOU! This could include photos, certificates, membership cards, playbills, media content, a write up on your favorite clown, etc.
    As much, or as little, as you choose)

Projects will be judged on neatness, content, and originality. In addition to exhibiting the notebook, the 4-Her will be encouraged to appear in full make-up (applied by the 4-Her) and costume and perform a short solo routine or participate in a group skit for the judge. The group skit can incorporate clowns of any level. The routine(s) can be performed live in front of the judge or recorded at an earlier time. If recorded, be provided to the Project Leader prior to start of judging (preferably as an unlisted YouTube link). It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to ensure that the Project Leader is able to open link or video file prior to judging. This performance will be encouraged, but not required.

Division III

Exhibit a notebook (following guidelines as listed in General Guidelines #12 for Notebook exhibits) about their clown character(s) and clowning as an art form. Each exhibit should have tab dividers separating the 4-H’ers project year (i.e. 4th year, 5th year, etc.) with the most recent year being in the front of the notebook exhibit.

Exhibits should contain a section on the following subjects:

  • Yearly Wrap Up (summary of what you have accomplished, learned, or participated in as a clown)
  • Appearances (list of appearances for the year)
  • Education (list of educational opportunities you participated in that pertain to Clowning)
  • Volunteer Work/Community Service (list of volunteer work or community service activities you participated in involving your clown character(s) or clowning/circus skills)
  • What I Learned (list or report of new skills or information you mastered this year)
  • Goals (list of goals you are setting for the next year in Clowning)
  • Report (a report on your favorite clown, a historic circus event, type of clown, etc.)
  • Your choice extras (add items to your exhibit to make it YOU) This could include photos, certificates, membership cards, playbills, media content, etc., as much, or as little, as you choose)

Projects will be judged on neatness, content, and originality. In addition to exhibiting the notebook, the 4--Her will be encouraged to appear in full make-up (applied by the 4-Her) and costume and perform a short solo routine or participate in a group skit for the judge. The group skit can incorporate clowns of any level. The routine(s) can be performed live in front of the judge or recorded at an earlier time. If recorded, be provided to the Project Leader prior to start of judging (preferably as an unlisted YouTube link). It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to ensure that the Project Leader is able to open link or video file prior to judging. This performance will be encouraged, but not required.

A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for Division I, Division II and Division III. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be selected from these three champions and reserve champions.