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Annual 4-H Robotics Expo Draws 22 Teams

Twenty-two teams and 76 youth demonstrated their knowledge of robotics and public speaking at the 8th Annual 4-H Robotics Expo on March 29, at the University of Maine at Machias.

Youth also took part in a challenge activity and attended workshops presented by faculty and staff from the UMM and University of Maine.

Jen Lobley, Extension educator in Washington County for 14 years, said 4-H provides learning opportunities that teach leadership, citizenship and life skills. “Today’s event did all of that,” she said. “Our youth participants collected over 550 items of food to be donated to the Machias Area Food Pantry and they demonstrated a number of life skills, including leadership, teamwork, decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.

“Each year the projects grow in complexity, as does the confidence of the youth,” Lobley said. “When we started this event eight years ago, only a handful of kids tried the challenge activity. This year, we had over half our participants sign up for the activity. It builds resiliency, that’s for sure.”

For more information about 4-H and volunteering, contact the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542 (in Maine), http://umaine.edu/4h/.

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Maine 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl & Hippology Tryouts & Study Sessions

Quiz Bowl is a questions game similar to Jeopardy. Two teams with four players each, use electric buzzers to answer questions and gain points. The questions are all horse related and can range from diseases and anatomy to tack and riding disciplines.

Hippology consists of several components including a written test, visual slides, identification of diagrams, horse judging, and a team problem.

Every year, a quiz bowl/ hippology tryouts is held for the Maine State Quiz Bowl team. Four 4-Hers and one alternate are chosen to be on each team. 4-Hers selected to be on the teams are expected to attend practice sessions, and compete both regionally in New Hampshire and nationally in Kentucky.

In order to try-out for the Quiz Bowl/Hippology team, you must be enrolled in 4-H and be 14-18 as of Jan. 1st. However, ALL 4-Hers and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to come to quiz bowl/hippology study sessions. Meetings will be held once a month on Friday evening. You can participate in the study sessions by coming to Libby Hall at the University of Maine in Orono, or by arranging a skype or poly-com connection to Orono from a place convenient for you. Please contact the Quiz Bowl/hippology coordinator to proceed on the latter.

To try-out for the Quiz Bowl or Hippology teams, 4-Hers must take the written tryout test which will be offered at your local county extension office from Feb. 16th-March 14th. The first Quiz Bowl/ Hippology study session, will be held March 28th at 6pm.

If you are interested in trying out for the team, or just want information please contact the quiz bowl/hippology coordinator:         Edie Kershner ediekershner@yahoo.com or (207)322-4601.

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Volunteers Needed for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in volunteering, or offering a workshop, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or   207.581.3877. Registration materials will be available at: http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/maine-4-h-days/ by May 1.

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Horse Study Sessions

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.

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Fryeburg Fair 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale

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.

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4-H Rabbit Show

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 michaele.bailey@maine.edu or call 207.991.8065.

Registration
Send your entries for the 4-H Showmanship Class to Tena Ireland, 10 Bean Street Madison, ME 04950 .207.696.3783 Email Entries: easternmainerba@gmail.com
Entries must include this information:

Name of Exhibitor
Address
Phone
Age
Name of rabbit and ear tattoo number if the rabbit has one.
State you are registering for the 4-H Showmanship class.
Entry Deadlines

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.

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2014 4-H Dog Fun Day

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 lswenson67@gmail.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.

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2014 Horse Judging Clinic

May 31, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Hemphills, Inc, 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME  04989.  Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability.  Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills this clinic will fulfill your needs!

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance.

Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014.

Registration:  Word / PDF

Mail registrations to:         Sarah Chadbourne

1233 High Street

W. Gardiner, Maine 04345

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Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/2014

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 sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

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Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition

ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website at http://extension.umaine.edu/4h and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Intent forms must be signed by your county 4-H staff person before you send it to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.

  • Beef     January 3
  • Goat    April 15
  • Dairy   May 1
  • Sheep  May 1
  • Dog     May 15
  • Horse  See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu or at 207.324.2814.

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System