COLUMBIA — Public speaking and presentation are two skills youth learn while in the South Carolina 4-H program that will benefit them throughout their lives.

They will have a chance to show off these skills during the 4-H Midlands Region Presentation Contest Feb 27.

This contest is open to 4-H’ers ages 5-19, from Aiken, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda and York counties. It will be held at ECPI University, 250 Berryhill Road, Columbia.

Participants will select a topic of their choice to prepare and deliver an original speech. The contest categories are public speaking, visual presentation (individual and teams) and demonstration (individual and teams).  Winners from each category will represent the 4-H Midlands Region at the State 4-H Communications Contest on April 23 in Columbia.

The deadline to register is Feb. 12. For information or to register, contact Faith Isreal at 803-684-9919 ext. 113 or