Skip to Main Content

4-H Holiday Bake-off

family heritage edition
How It Works:
Choose a recipe based on one of the categories below and prepare it for the event! Prepare a table display to go with your entry and include a printed or handwritten copy of your recipe. Be prepared to give a 2-3 minute presentation covering the story behind your recipe and what you learned while making it. Judges complete scoresheets for all entries based on presentation, appearance, and taste. Once all entries have been presented and scored, judges will deliberate and choose category winners and an overall winner!
The purpose of the Holiday Bake-off is to encourage adults and youth to work together. This is not a traditional 4-H project in which a 4-H member must do all the work themselves; however, this project must be youth-driven and can be guardian-assisted. Parents/guardians are not permitted to complete the project. Work should be done by the youth with supervision, instruction, and help of an adult. 
  • Family tradition: Recreate a recipe that has been handed down from a family member (or someone like family!) that is typically made around a holiday your family celebrates.
  • Family heritage recipe: Find a recipe from your family's heritage that is typically made around a holiday your family celebrates - from the U.S. or overseas.
  • Healthy Twist: Take a recipe that your family typically makes around a holiday and substitute at least one ingredient to make it healthier.
  • My own creation!: Create you own family holiday tradition by finding a new recipe you have never followed before or creating your own recipe.

General Guidelines

  • The Holiday Bake-off is open to any current Marion County 4-H member. All youth participating must be fully enrolled in 4-H by the time of the Bake-off.
  • Online registration must be completed by Wednesday, November 22nd, 2023.
  • Spots are guaranteed for the first 20 to register.
  • Participants in 3rd to 12th grades will compete in separate divisions (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, & 9th-12th) with one overall Holiday Bake-off winner. Mini 4-H members (K-2nd graders) may enter for participation awards.
  • Participants may enter only one entry.
  • Entries do not need to focus on a winter holiday.
  • Entries must include a 2-3 minute presentation and the recipe printed or handwritten.
  • Participants must bring all materials needed for displaying their entry and giving their presentation.
  • The presentation should cover the category entered, the "story" behind the recipe, and something you learned. while making the entry.
  • Products made from boxed mixes will be limited to.Mini 4-Hmembers only.
  • Products may not be made using frozen or refrigerated dough.
  • Bread entries may not be made with a bread machine.


  • Entries will be judged according to age level and on the following items: Outside Appearance, Inside Appearance, Attractiveness of Display, Flavor /Taste, and Presentation.
  • Doors open at 5:00 pm, and displays need to be set up by 5:30 pm. Judging will begin at 5:30 pm with each participant receiving 2- 3 minutes for their presentation.
  • Judges will fill out a scoresheet for all entries based on presentation, appearance, and taste for a combined score.
  • Once all entries have been presented and scored, judges will deliberate and choose category winners and the overall winner. Presentation of winners will be the same night.
  • All in attendance are welcome to listen to the presentations given by 4-H members.


  • Please limit your display to a 24 inch by 24 inch section of the table.
  • Entries should have a festive holiday appearance. No live plant materials may be used (i.e. holly, poinsettia, boxwood, etc.).
  • Adults may not help members set up their displays, unless helping a Mini 4-H member.


  • Overall winner will win a 4-H prize and the Holiday Bake-off "Giant Golden Spoon" to display for a year.
  • Awards in each category will be Blue, Red, White, or Participation.
Questions? Contact
To Top