Oneida County Youth Demonstration Festival to provide public speaking opportunity

Courtesy of Oneida County 4-H

ONEIDA COUNTY – Youth in grades K-12 can participate for free in the Oneida County Youth Demonstration Festival to be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 11, on Zoom. Participants will demonstrate from the comfort of their own home how to do something, such as a “do-it-yourself” project.

“The goal of the program is not to award first or second places, but rather to help youth make their best better in public speaking,” said Lynn Feldman, president of the Oneida County 4-H Leaders’ Association and coordinator of the event.

Topics can be as simple as how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but could also include subjects like how to care for an animal, how to grow a plant from a seed, or how to maintain a working bicycle. All participants will receive a participation medal, evaluation from a panel of local judges, and a gift certificate from a local business.

“Giving a demonstration in front of an audience will help participants practice speaking in front of others and is a fun way to prepare youth for other events that may involve public speaking,” said Anne Williams, Oneida County 4-H Program Coordinator. “It also will help boost their confidence to try other activities.”

This event is sponsored by Oneida County 4-H Leaders’ Association and the University of Wisconsin-Extension Oneida County. All youth must enroll in 4-H to participate to ensure a safe virtual environment. 4-H is free to join anytime. For more information, visit, call 715-365-2750, or email Williams at [email protected].

Those who are interested in participating in the Oneida County Youth Demonstration Festival are asked to register by Wednesday, March 10, at or by calling 715-365-2750.

Demonstration Help Night

Participants who would like help in planning a demonstration can attend a Demonstration Festival Preparation Night to be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 14, on Zoom, when an experienced public speaker and 4-H volunteer will provide additional instructions, public speaking tips, and answer questions.

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