Would you like to participate in a Regional and National 4-H Horse team? No horse required! Tryout for the Communications team! There are two categories for individual 4-Hers: individual demonstration and public speaking. Two 4-Hers will work together on the team demonstration. Check out the Maine 4-H website under horse for more details. Tryouts will be at Maine 4-H Days, you do not need to be attending Maine 4-H Days to try out. Saturday, June 21 at 11:00 am. Contact Kate Slattery for more information at 207.836.3217 or email@example.com.
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This is an opportunity to learn more about horses for those who do or do not own a horse. There will be a Horse Study Session on Saturday, April 5 at noon in Orono, however, 4-Hers can also attend via Skype.
Please call Edie Kershner at 207.322.4601 if you would like to attend, either in person or via Skype, or for more information.
This year Fryeburg Fair will have a 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale. This will be open to only youth living in the society towns of Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, Lovell, Stow Waterford, Stoneham, Hiram, Sweden, Porter, Bridgton, Otisfield, Cornish, Baldwin, Standish, Harrison, Denmark, and Brownfield in Maine. Freedom, Eaton, Bartlett, Chatham, Conway, and Jackson, in New Hampshire.
Youth must be the 4-H age of 9 – 18 and be enrolled in 4-H prior to January 1, 2014. Youth will have to provide daily care and have the animal housed at their place of residence. Animals must be farrowed after April 1st of this year and in the child’s possession by June 1st.
Only gilts and barrows will be considered. All hogs must be fed 100% grain. An intent form must be filed with the Fryeburg Fair office by May 1st. Once your intent form is received, Donna Flint will contact you in regards to tagging your hog. Submitting an “Intent Form” does not mean you will be entered into the show or sale. There will only be 12 hogs allowed to show and sell. The complete rules will be in the Fryeburg Fair book when it is available. Intent form will be available on the Fryeburg Fair website (www.fryeburgfair.com). Once in the website go to Livestock, then 4-H. You can also contact the office for a form at 207.935.3268 or e-mail them at: Info@fryeburgfair.com.
There will be a 4-H Rabbit Showmanship class, and a Rabbit Breed ID educational event at the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders open and youth show on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Newport, ME. 4-Hers and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. Rabbits will be scored according to the 4-H showmanship standards in What’s Hoppening?, the 4-H rabbit curriculum.
Show Starts Promptly at 9:00am.
4-H Showmanship participants will show individually in the morning during the Youth Show when their breed is not on the table. 4-H members and potential 4-H members are welcome to show. For the Breed ID event, there will be 10 different breeds available to look at and study during the show. There will be a quiz on Breed ID after lunch. There will be an opportunity to become a 4-H member at the show. There is no cost to enter into 4-H portion of the show, but registration is required. Youth must be between the ages of 9 and 18 to show in 4-H. If you have questions about the 4-H Showmanship class, contact Michaele Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.991.8065.
Send your entries for the 4-H Showmanship Class to Tena Ireland, 10 Bean Street Madison, ME 04950 .207.696.3783 Email Entries: email@example.com
Entries must include this information:
Name of Exhibitor
Name of rabbit and ear tattoo number if the rabbit has one.
State you are registering for the 4-H Showmanship class.
Mail entries must be postmarked no later than Monday, April 21, 2014. Phone and e-mail must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 13, 2014 (No calls after 9 PM). All e-mail entries will be confirmed. If you do not receive a confirmation by Friday, April 25, 2014, please contact Tena Ireland by phone to verify that she has received your entry.
Directions to Newport Recreation Center, 81 North St., Newport, Maine
Take I-95 to Exit 157 in Newport –southbound go right at end of ramp or northbound go left at the end of the ramp. Go straight through lights at Routes 2 and 7. After 2/10th of a mile, turn right on High St. There is a credit union on your right. Then the very next left on North St, go across a small bridge and the Newport Recreation Center will be on your right (large yellow brick building). Proceed to the rear of the building to unload.
The 4-H Showmanship Class will be held during the Eastern Maine Rabbit Breeders Association’s annual spring show. There will be hundreds of rabbits at this show representing close to 20 different breeds. Both youth and adults will be showing in the open show and this will be a great time for 4-Hers to see and learn more about different breeds of rabbits and how to show in the open shows. We hope to see many new 4-Hers at the show and welcome the opportunity to help you learn more about your rabbit project.
A University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor and farm machinery safety course will be held 5-7 p.m. five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, April 15, at Ingraham’s Equipment, 3 Knox Ridge South, Knox.
This class is designed for youth ages 14-16 to earn federal certification to operate farm machinery as part of their employment. It is also appropriate for adults who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will be expected to operate machinery during class. A written and driving exam will be administered at the final session in May; it is required for those wishing to earn federal certification.
A $20 enrollment fee pays for a manual and safety equipment. Pre-registration is requested so course materials may be sent to enrollees prior to the first class. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 1.800.287.1426.
The 2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics is scheduled for March 22, 2014 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Youth ages 8-18 years old as of January 1st receive a 5% discount off the purchase price of one heifer. We also have a raffle, clinics, commercial area, and semen silent auction this year. Clinics begin at 10am and the sale at noontime. Many calves have gone on to develop into All Americans, state and national class winners plus develop into excellent scored cows. This is a good opportunity for youth to purchase their next foundation animal. All seven major dairy breeds are represented plus we have a breed info table with the junior programs offered by each.
Website www.blueribboncalfsale.com and Facebook – Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale.
Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th at Cowtown Holsteins, Derby Line, VT.
The 2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit will start with registration, lunch and orientation from 11:30 to 12:45. The formal program will then start at 12:45 and conclude with lunch on Saturday. Your registration fee of $30 will cover all of your meals plus some supplies. As in the past we will be limited to 150 participants so early registration is important. Required forms are a registration form with the Agreement for Attendees and Picture Permission on the back. Both of these documents must be completely filled out and returned with your registration and registration fee, and are available online at: www.nesholsteins.com.
Rooms at the Derby Four Seasons Motel (802-334-1775 or 800-339-1775), 44221 Rt. 5 & Newport City Motel (802-334-6558 or 800-338-6558), 444 E. Main St. (also Rt. 5) have been blocked for Friday night. Be sure to tell them you are with the Vermont Holstein Show Summit group. The rate is $89.99 plus taxes for two people two beds, more with extra people in the room. The Newport City Motel has a pool. To receive this rate, room reservations must be made by March 4th.
Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5). Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up. Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year. This is a great community service project for 4-H clubs, individuals, or families.
To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, no later than March 21.
Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME 04429.
Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs! Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs. Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!)
Call Lori Swenson at 207.654.2110 to pre-register, or email at email@example.com.
Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs. Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend. Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies. Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.
“Kitchen Chemistry” is the focus of a 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 8, 2014 at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
Youth in grades 6–8 will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product. Once a product is created, a commercial will be made to raise consumer awareness and interest. Lunch will be followed by a presentation of the Mainely Physics Road Show from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall.
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Maximum enrollment is 25. Registration is available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.