State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10:00 AM
(Snow date: February 16)
University of Maine at Augusta
Room 218, Randall Student Technology Center (RSTC)

Open to all currently enrolled 4-H dairy project members ages 9 – 18.

For those 4-H dairy members who may be planning to attend the Eastern States Exposition in September, please keep the following information in mind. You must participate in at least one of the following three events;

  • State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
  • State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
  • Fitting Contest at the 2018 Maine 4-H Dairy Show

You must also complete and submit an ESE Intent to Participate Form which will be due on February 1. These can be found on the State 4-H Website or check with your county office. Your completed 4-H Animal Approval Form and Lease Form (if applicable) will be due in your county office on May 1. Participation in a showmanship class and your animal’s breed/age class at the State 4-H Dairy Show will also be required.

If you have questions, please contact 4-H Dairy ASC Coordinator, Stephanie Smith, at 207.860.0979 or by email

You may also contact staff liaison Tara Marble at the UMaine Extension Franklin County office, 800.287.1478 (in Maine) or, or staff liaison Sadee Mehuren at the UMaine Extension Waldo County office, 800.287.1426 (in Maine) or

  • Open to all currently enrolled 4-H Dairy project members ages 9-18.
  • Everyone takes a 50 question quiz and is scored based on the number of correct answers given with 1 point per correct answer
  • Juniors are ages 9-11, Seniors are ages 12-18 since they are eligible to be on the Maine 4-H Dairy Team to ESE
  • Juniors sit at the buzzers first and are asked 25 questions.
  • Each buzzer question is worth 10 points and with each correct answer 10 points is added to the written quiz score of each member. At the end of the 25 questions the winner is the person who has the highest score.  (No deductions for incorrect answers) One winner is declared and receives an award as State Junior Winner.  In case of a tie, 5 additional questions will be asked.
  • * Ideally we want 10 buzzers for this event, but 8 will do.

Members with the top 8 written scores are automatically participate with the buzzers for ESE. If there are 10 buzzers, all members placing 9th or lower sit at the buzzer to vie for the 2 spots left on the ESE round. If there is a tie for 8th, it would work to place those two on the buzzers as well. In this round a total of 25 questions could be asked and again scores added to their written test scores.  If in that 25-question period a member reaches 100 points he or she would be off the buzzers and automatically in the ESE round. Play would continue until all 25 questions were asked or 10 buzzer positions were filled (numbers 9 and 10 and possible 8 if there were a tie). Whatever the scores were at the end of the 25 questions would determine who moves on to the ESE round if they did not get to 100. All remaining members attending the quiz bowl would be asked to participate in this round whether they chose to push the buzzer or not, they would need to take their seat on the buzzers.

  • The ESE round. Once the top 10 were decided, the ESE round would begin. In this round there is a Phase 2, which included 2 individual questions asked of each of the contestants. They are worth 10 points each with partial credit available if deemed appropriate.  As always these are added to the written test score. Once each individual has been asked the same two individual questions the buzzer round begins. There is no limit to the number of questions asked in this round. Questions are asked and answered until the first person reaches 100 points. That individual is declared with winner of the contest and leaves the buzzers. More questions are asked until the next person reaches 100 and that individual is declared 2nd place individual. This continues with players leaving the buzzers until four individuals reach 100 points. At that point the contest is over and placings 5-10 are determined by the score they received when the fourth person reached 100 points. The first four contestants are the ESE team if they choose and they have one month to decide if they want to be on the team. If an individual declines, the alternates are based on their final scores. Should there be a tie at placings 5-10 it would be smart to break the tie right then since it may be important later on. Add 5 more questions for those individuals to make sure there are no ties in the 5-10 contestants.
  • * In the past we have had times when individuals are not eligible for the ESE team and have competed for the state award winner (i.e. Louisville team members). When that is the situation it is appropriate to have the top 8 written score contestants do the 2 Phase 2 questions and then take the buzzers.  Once the first person reaches 100 points and declared the winner of the contest-that is over.  At that point you would revert to the ESE round as explained earlier without the non-eligible contestants no matter what their written score was.
  • * If there is only an 8-buzzer system available the top 8 scorers would still automatically be eligible for the ESE round. But for a consolidation round and depending on the number of contestants at the contest it would be worthwhile to make two divisions so everyone got to use the buzzers for a certain amount of time.
  • Group 1 Group 2
    1st top score 2nd score
    3rd score 4th score
    5th score 6th score
    7th score 8th score
    9th score 10th score
    11th score 12th score

    and so on with everyone on the buzzers.

Each group would sit at the buzzers and answer 20-25 questions but the final scores would not count, it would be a warm-up for the top 8 and a practice for those lower than 8.

  • Means these are definite rules of the contest
  • * Means these can be tweaked depending on the number of contestants, buzzers, weather, time or other factors