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State Skillathon Contest

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Location: Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA 
For More Information: Katherine Carter - 540-231-2257 

The state skillathon contest is a comprehensive test of livestock knowledge including identification classes of meats, feeds, equipment and breeds; evaluation classes of meats, hay, sheep, meat goats, swine, and beef cattle; a knowledge-based quiz; and an applied team problem.

Contest Letter with Rules and Schedule



  • This is the official State 4-H Skillathon, with the highest placing Senior 4-H Team moving on to the National 4-H Skillathon in Louisville, KY in mid-November. FFA Advisors, please by aware there is no State or National CDE for Livestock Skillathon. 
  • This is one contest – not separate 4-H and FFA contests. Dual entry is not allowed. 
  • There are two divisions – Juniors and Seniors – ALL CONTESTANTS will be sorted into divisions based on BIRTH DATE

Dr. Temple Grandin will be speaking on the evening of the State Skillathon contest and has invited all State Skillathon Contestants, Coaches, and two parents/contestant to attend free of charge.

New and Exciting for 2024

New and Exciting for 2024! - Dr. Temple Grandin will be speaking on the evening of the contest, and has generously invited all Contestants, Coaches, and 2 parents/contestant to attend free of charge!


  • For youth entered in the contest: enter the number of tickets needed for contestants and coaches during entry
  • For students not competing who wish to attend: 
    • Student Tickets are $20/student
    • Link to Purchase Tickets:
    • Checks payable to: Rockingham County Fairgrounds
    • Deadline to order tickets: Friday March 22nd, 2024 at 12:00 noon
    • Tickets will not be released without full payment
    • Tickets are only to be used for 4H and FFA youth and adults accompanying, all other adults should see the flyer to purchase regular tickets. 


Katherine Carter
Extension Youth Animal Science Specialist
(540) 231-2257

Scott Greiner
Extension Animal Science Specialist
(540) 231-9159


Hunter Liles
Extension Youth Animal Science Associate
(540) 231-6345



Virginia 4-H Livestock Programs Endowment

The Virginia 4-H Foundation is spearheading the advancement of the Virginia 4-H Youth Livestock Programs Endowment. 4-H livestock programming is funded through a combination of private gifts, endowment income, gifts in kind, and participant fees.

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