FCS Classic Contest

Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Classic Contests


The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Classic is open to all members enrolled in FCS project areas (Clothing and Textiles, Foods and Nutrition, Home Environment, Knitting and Crocheting). The FCS Classic consists of several contests and is supported by a National event. Members aged 15 and above can qualify to represent Oregon 4-H at the FCS Classic held in Denver, Colorado in January

The National event include each of the five contests below.  Oregon 4-H will choose members to represent Oregon in each contest:  

  • Fashion Revue – Participants qualify for the State Fashion Revue through their county. Then during the State contest held during the Oregon State Fair, the judges will identify the top construction contestants who will be offered the opportunity to represent Oregon. To clarify: the youth representatives will be chosen from the fashion revue contest where they have sewn their outfit or garment.  What to expect.

  • Presentations – Participants qualify for the State contest through their county. Then during the State contest held during the Oregon State Fair, judges will chose individuals or team to represent Oregon at the National FCS Presentation Contest. Individuals wanting to be considered for the FCS Classic’s Presentation Contest must sign up for a judging spot during one of the first three days (usually the first Saturday, Sunday and Monday) of presentation judging. What to expect.

  • FCS Skill-a-thon – This contest will be offered at the county level for all ages and top intermediate and senior contestants will qualify for the State contest. The top individuals (4 persons) will qualify for the National event.

    This contest will consist of one Foods and one Clothing judging class, three Identification classes (one for sewing, one for foods and one for Home Environment) and a life-skills presentation (which takes the place of oral reasons). 

    The life skill presentation part of the FCS Skill-a-thon contest is completed as a team and is a presentation on a pre-determined life skill. The topic chosen for the 2018 contest is emergency preparedness. The participants will be given a scenario, determine best options as they relate to the scenario, then present on their decision.  What to expect.

  • FCS Bowl – This contest is a knowledge bowl that follows the same rules and guidelines as other knowledge bowls (i.e. Horse Bowl, Dog Bowl). The team members chosen for this contest will be determined from the members qualifying at the state level in the FCS Skill-a-thon. At this time, there is not be a county level or a state level FCS Bowl.

  • Consumer Decision Making – This contest uses decision making skills in determining best choices for the situation. This contest will be offered at the county level for all ages and top intermediate and senior contestants will qualify for the State contest. The State contest includes three situational statements with four possible answers/items, one class of oral reasons, and a group work class. The group work is where teams of 3 or 4 youth will be given a situation that they read and evaluate the problem, discuss their solution, and present a final statement of their decision to the judge.  What to expect.

A good informational piece on consumer decision making can be found here: https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/4h/CC616.pdf.

Study materials and supporting documents are available for all FCS Classic contests. The National FCS Classic information can be found here: http://westernnationalroundup.org/contests-fcs.aspx

For more information, contact your 4-H County Extension Educator or Lynette Black, 4-H Youth Development Project Specialist at lynette.black@oregonstate.edu.

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