4-H members from across the state are in Morgantown for some friendly competition at the State 4-H Days.
Participants who entered the state-level competitive events had to pre-qualify by participating in and winning their class at the corresponding county event during the year.
The winners of the county-level events advanced to the state level.
Many of the events and activities were held on West Virginia University's Evansdale Campus.
According to the event organizers, the educational competitions serve as a forum for young people to showcase their communication skills.
This year's events include the State Dog Skill-a-thon, 4-H Robotics Challenge, Visual Presentation, Public Speaking, and PowerPoint/Digital Presentation state competitive events, and a variety of other fun, educational events.
The 4-H members develop the presentations for the competition themselves.
Each presentation covers a variety of skills ranging from cooking to veterinary sciences.
"They're coming in to show us what they're expert in. And so they're learning a lot about how to do public speaking, they are being judged, and they will receive lots of neat awards, and ribbons. But the main thing is they're sharing their knowledge with us, and they're also learning some skills," said Alicia Cassels, a WVU 4H extension specialist.
The event began Thursday, July 25 and will conclude Saturday, July 27 in the MountainLair at WVU.
The public is encouraged to attend.
A full schedule of events is on the WVU Extension Service website.