4-H State Congress

4-H State Congress

Virginia 4-H State Congress is the premier, statewide annual 4-H event for outstanding 4-H teens and adult volunteer leaders. Its mission is to provide competitive and non-competitive educational experiences to Virginia teens and the adults who work with them, helping them to develop life skills and leadership abilities to become contributing citizens in their communities.

Save the date: 97th Virginia State 4-H Congress, June 19-22, 2017

The 98th Virginia 4-H State Congress will be held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia from Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Cost: TBD, includes lodging (3 nights), meals (Monday dinner - Thursday breakfast), workshops and t-shirt.

2017 Virginia 4-H Congress Schedule


  • March 17 - Information packet released to the system. 
  • April 7 - Registration system goes live. 
  • May 5 - Registration closes. 
  • May 12 - All paperwork and payment due to State Office

Important Dates To Remember

  • Information Packet Released: March 17
  • Registration System Goes Live (all information including GSS and competition workshops, competition, etc.): April 7
  • Registration Closes: May 5
  • All paperwork and payment due to state office: May 12


2014 State 4-H Congress

The major purposes of 4-H Congress are:

  • To provide a high-quality educational experience for 4-H youth ages 14-18 and adults that work with them.
  • To promote 4-H as a major statewide educational youth program.
  • To provide educational, recreational, and social experiences for youth that would not normally be available at a county or district level.
  • To enhance life-skill development through all 4-H Congress activities.
  • To provide educational experiences through the Great Summer Showcase, and competition that will enhance life skill development and support 4-H project work.
  • To provide competitive (judging, presentations, etc) events in each curriculum area.
  • To provide educational experiences that enhance life skill development and support 4-H project work.
  • To provide recognition for all competition area winners at a Congress-wide event.
  • To recognize outstanding support to 4-H Congress by a volunteer adult 4-H leader.
  • To promote an understanding of the value of diversity among Congress participants.
  • To enhance a delegate’s sense of personal and social responsibility through an environment that fosters independence, accountability, decision-making, and time management.

2016 4-H Congress Closing Ceremony Video

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97th Virginia State Congress – June 19-22, 2017


Melissa Breen