Archive for the ‘Youth Event’ Category

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014.

CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th.

For more information visit http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1 at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/horse/. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age).

Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

Save the Date! Join us for 4-H@UMaine!

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono.  “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the website, or contact Barb Baker at barbara.baker@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne at karen.g.gagne@maine.edu or 207.622.7546.

National 4-H Trips Applications Due

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

Upcoming 4-H Dairy Events

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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4-H Dairy Judging
Dairy Judging is a daylong educational and competitive event for 4-Hers in the dairy project. High scoring members will be eligible for competing in the 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at Eastern States. Attendance at this event is one prerequisite to trying out for the dairy team for Eastern States.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 12 starting at 9:00 am. Snow date is the following day, Sunday, April 13, same time, same place. To find out if we decide to cancel the event due to snow, please call 207.581.3872 after 6:30 pm on Friday evening. We will decide after the evening news and put a message on the voice mail then.

The dairy judging will start at Hardy Farm (Ayrshires) located at 360 Weeks Mills Road in Farmington. Registration will be at 9:00 am with Judging to start at 9:30 am, and morning snacks will be provided.

At 11:00 am we will proceed to Silver Shade Holsteins in New Sharon. Lunch and Oral reasons will begin at 12:30 pm. Results and awards will be at 2:30 pm.

We ask that people bring their lunch to the event. Contestants may want to bring a clipboard and pencil to take notes. Official judge for the event will be Jay Nutting.

Directions to Hardy Farm from Farmington:
- From the intersection of Routes 2, 27, 43 and 4 near the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Head northeast (Toward McDonalds) on Main St toward Front St for 0.6 miles.
- Turn right onto Broadway for 0.1 miles
- Continue onto ME-43 E/Perham St for 1.7 miles
- Slight right onto Perham Hill Rd/Weeks Mills Rd for 1.2 miles
- Arrive at Hardy Farm.

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:
Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show
For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577

Forms and more Dairy information available on our 4-H Animal Science Dairy page.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate.  For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible.  Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office.  To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu.  For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the Hancock County 4-H Program page or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.

Change in Market Animal Shows at Windsor Fair

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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Windsor Fair has changed their baby beef and market lamb show and sale from 4-H to a youth show and sale. The 2014 Show and Sale will be open to all youth between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31st of the current year. In lieu of an Intent to sell form, youth must CALL the committee to let them know they want to raise a steer or lamb for the show and auction; committee members are: Diane Gushee – 256.7798 or dianergushee@gmail.com, Dana Prime – 446.3570, Carol Davis – 491.7893 or carol.davis@careandcomfort.com, Curtis Prime – Livestock Superintendent, Windsor Fair – 242.3341, and Tom Foster, President, Windsor Fair. To participate in the 2014 Youth Show and Sale, notification must be communicated to a committee member by January 3, 2014 for market steers ad June 6, 2014 for market lambs. View a complete list of rules.

One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more…. The science behind cooking and eating spuds.

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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One Maine Potato, Two Maine Potato, more….
The science behind cooking and eating spuds.
Come explore the science related to the storage conditions, processing and healthy consumption of Maine potatoes. This class will include baking potatoes, and preparing a “potato bar” with healthy toppings for lunch!  We will discuss MyPlate recommendations, and where potatoes and toppings fit as part of a healthy diet. Participants will also have an introduction to kitchen basics and kitchen safety (knife skills, hand washing, equipment overview, etc).

This 4-H Science Saturday will take place on January 25, 2014 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Hitchner Hall, at the University of Maine in Orono (with a snow date of February 8, 2014); there is room for a maximum of 25 participants in grades 6 – 8. This event will be hosted by Jason Bolton, Assistant Extension Professor and Food Safety Specialist, and Kate Yerxa, MS, RD, Extension Educator.

Register online at: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/science-saturday/, or, for more information contact Jessy Brainerd at 800.287.0274 (toll free in Maine) or 207.581.3877 or e-mail jessica.brainerd@maine.edu.

Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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4-Hers raising a steer for the 2014 market steer shows at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form  by January 3, 2014. We appreciate you completing your paperwork early. Please enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member early, and send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. The earlier we receive your paperwork, the earlier we can begin tagging animals, and avoiding tagging during the winter months.

Save the Date for 2014 Maine 4-H Days

Monday, October 28th, 2013
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Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or   207.581.3877.