Contest objectives • Understand the importance of cotton as an agricultural commodity • Promote cotton in communities • Make knowledgeable, rational decisions when purchasing goods and services • Select, use, maintain and dispose of goods and services in ways that maximize resources • Obtain clothing, goods and services to meet needs and reflect lifestyles, personal values and goals • Act as responsible consumer-citizen with an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the consumer, business and government • Learn to communicate reasons for choices made
Did you know . . . • According to a study published in Family Circle, teens ages 12-17 spend an average of $46 a week which total $2,392 a year. • By participating in the 4-H Cotton Boll & Consumer Jamboree, you will learn to make wise consumer choices.
Contest Overview • You will evaluate 4 classes of items. For the 2007 contest, you will judge gift cards, popcorn, sunglasses, and t-shirts. • For one of those classes, you will given oral reasons defending your answers. Oral reasons are when you simply tell a judge why you placed the class the way you did. • Junior 4-H’ers will present a 30 second commercial & make poster (no larger than 14" x 22") about cotton. Senior 4-H’ers will give a 90 second PSA about cotton.
Evaluation & Comparison Tips • Read the scenario carefully. The order in which the criteria for evaluating the products is listed in the order of importance. • Before looking at any of the products, think of the ideal product for the situation. • Use the comparison chart! That’s why it is there.
Tips Continued . . . • After comparing the four products, choose the best answer. • When giving oral reasons, use the prep time to gather your thoughts. Remember what was important from the scenario. • Speak slowly and clearly. Make eye-contact with your judge. Act like you know what you are talking about! Defend your reasons!