In 4-H, we use the “Danish” system for ribbon placing. This means that exhibits are not judged “against” each other but rather they are evaluated according to a standard. In this system, judging begins at the white ribbon level.
4—White ….indicates average work. Project may need some work to be competitive.
3—Red….indicates average work, has a few weaknesses which need improvement. Project meets the minimum standards. It shows honest effort has been made.
2– Blue….indicates above average work, has minor problems. Project has exceeded minimum standards.
1—Purple…. indicates superior work, no serious errors. Project is outstanding on all standards.
Having one’s accomplishments evaluated can be motivating and educational for 4-H’ers. When judges critique their work or performance, it serves as a guide to further improvement. The judging process is probably more valuable than the award or recognition. To plan, practice, and present a finished product is to “learn by doing.” To graciously accept constructive criticism of one’s work is a real life experience. 4-H’ers learn quickly that judging results reflect a personal opinion, and that evaluation will vary among judges. (http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/pdfs/4h/e148/425-428.pdf)