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2013 Maine 4-H Days – Presenters Needed

Monday, March 25th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and volunteers are needed to present a variety of workshops.  If you have a skill you could share with youth, anything from photography to cooking or botany, let us know! We also have 4-H Science toolkits available, and can provide materials for your workshop.

Some workshops we have had in the past: Wood Working, Jewelry Making, Fun with Science, Theatre, Cheese Making, Nature Walk, Phenology, Jump Rope Fun, Make Your Own Hula Hoop, and much more – workshops can relate to any of the 4-H projects – from public speaking to dairy goats or robotics.  We have many more ideas available if you are interested in volunteering, but aren’t sure what you’d like to offer.  Youth volunteers are also needed to be presenter assistants, or to offer their own workshops.

If you are interested in volunteering, as a presenter or otherwise, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

UMaine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend

Monday, March 25th, 2013
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The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013 at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp in Oxford County.  This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) Weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge.  For more information please go to the website, or contact Scott Olsen at or 665-2068.

Eastern States Exposition (ESE) Form Deadlines

Monday, March 25th, 2013
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For the specific forms, go to the Animal Science Resources page.

  • Dairy Goat – April 15th
  • Dairy Cattle – May 1st
  • Sheep – May 1st
  • Horse PACKETS are due June 7th

These dates are when forms are due to the Activity Coordinator! All forms must first go to the county in which you are 4-H enrolled for confirmation of eligibility. Do not wait until they are due as they will be late!

2013 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st.

Volunteers are needed to help with all aspects of the event – from planning to presenting workshops, if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

Celebrate Awesome! 2013 Engineering Expo

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, suggested $2 per person donation at the door.  Over 1,500 children and adults are expected to experience first hand the many contributions that Maine Engineers make to our communities and way of life.  Maine’s top engineering firms, engineering schools, educators, government agencies, industry, and engineering societies will provide hand on activities and exhibits throughout the field house.  The fun, dynamic, and positive environment will help encourage our youth to pursue careers in engineering and provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future.

For more details visit the Maine Engineering Promotional Council.

New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar

Thursday, December 20th, 2012
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New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar – Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy
This seminar is being held during the Farm and Forest Exposition on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The schedule for the Dairy Goat Seminar starts with the American Dairy Goat Association District Meeting at 10:00 a.m. followed by “Transitioning From a Hobby to a Commercial Goat Dairy” at 10:30 a.m.  At 12:00 noon the topic will be “Safe Handling of Milk”, adjourning at 12:30 p.m.

This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.  Free for 4-H youth and $5.00 per family.  For a complete brochure visit the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition website.

4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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Did you get to visit the 4-H Farm-to-Fair interactive exhibit at the 2012 Union Fair? The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association reports that the response from the public was resoundingly positive! Local families and folks visiting the area from other states (and countries) praised the exhibit for being fun and informative, a great way to teach kids about how the food they eat and products they use are produced.

In order to continue the success of this exhibit at Union Fair, two key volunteer roles will need to be filled as soon as possible. A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the 8 days that the fair is open (August 17-24, 2013). The person, or team of two, needs to commit to being available for all of these days. If there is a team of two, the times can be shared.

We also seek a Farm Store Coordinator, who will coordinate the products that kids will choose from to take home after they have been through the exhibit. This person will be responsible for procuring enough donations of locally-produced items to fill the store shelves every day the exhibit is open. This will be done prior to fair week, so your presence will not be needed during the fair.

If you can help or want to learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, 207-832-0343,

Save the Date for 2013 Maine 4-H Days

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
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Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.

4-H National Youth Science Day Scheduled in October

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
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Throughout the month of October, University of Maine Cooperative Extension will join millions of young people across the nation and in Maine to become scientists for a day during the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD).

The annual event seeks to spark an early youth interest in science and future science careers, and to reclaim the nation’s position of leadership in scientific exploration. As part of 4-H NYSD, youth in seven communities will participate in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge: the 2012 National Science Experiment in which youngsters explore how robots function and could be used to help clean up hazardous materials spills.  The 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge will demonstrate that by utilizing engineering principles, youth can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.

Educators and volunteers from across the state have been invited to participate and share the science experience with youth in their communities.

At seven locations in Maine, young people will enhance their engineering skills by assembling their own Eco-Bots and surface controls to manage an environmental cleanup. Youths will test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s design features and various surface-control configurations to determine the most effective cleanup solution for the simulated spill.

To combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, and to enhance the nation’s contribution to the sciences, 4-H National Youth Science Day demonstrates that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and are fun and attainable options for college degrees and future careers. Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H STEM programs.

Research has shown that participation in 4-H programs like 4-H NYSD makes a positive difference in the lives of youth. The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University found in a 4-H study of positive youth development longitudinal study that, when compared to other youth, young people involved in 4-H are twice as likely to get better grades in school and twice as likely to plan to go to college; and are nearly three times more likely to participate in science, engineering, or computer technology programs and make positive contributions to families and communities.

For more information on 4-H NYSD, visit or, to register for a local 4-H youth science day activity in Bath, Perry, Windham, Poland, Searsport, Windsor or Topsham, visit the Extension 4-H youth science day website.

Important News about 2013 Maine 4-H Days Dates

Friday, September 21st, 2012
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If you are planning to attend Maine 4-H Days in 2013, the date has changed.  Next year’s event will take place July 18 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the State Dairy Show will be on the 20th & 21st. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.