Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

Dairy Quiz Bowl Results

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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The Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts were held February 17 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-Hers in the dairy program participated all together. The highest scoring youth who qualify for the Eastern States Quiz Bowl team are Alyvia Stanley, overall junior winner, Kelton Tanguay, and Megan Caruso of Cumberland County, Sadie Farrnad from Franklin County, overall senior winner, and Samantha Simpson of Penobscot County. Dairy Quiz Bowl members will practice throughout the year for a team competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.

2014 4-H Dog Fun Day

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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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

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.

Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Many scholarships are available to participants in the 4-H program pursuing higher education. High school seniors are encouraged to learn about and apply for scholarships.

Please review descriptions of the following funding opportunities provided by the Maine 4-H Foundation. Apply for the one(s) most relevant to your project / aspirations. If you have any questions, please contact us before applying. Application forms and more information on the various scholarships offered by the Maine 4-H Foundation are located at:

The following scholarships are available:

  • Maine 4-H Foundation General Post Secondary Education Scholarships
  • Wayne S. Rich Scholarship — Maine in odd numbered years
  • Azure Dillon 4-H Memorial Scholarship — Maine 4-Her
  • Gladys E. Conant Memorial Farm Credit of Maine Scholarship ($1,000) — Students currently enrolled at University of Maine in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA). Maine 4-Her planning to continue their post-secondary education at a Maine institution whose objective is to major in a field related to commercial farming, fishing, or forest products or in another field with the intent to work in businesses related to these industries.
  • Doris Roberts, H. Lawrence, and George Lawrence Humphrey 4-H Scholarship.

2014 Horse Judging Clinic

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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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

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

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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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 as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

Sheep Team Encouraged to Send Intents Early

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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4-H youth with sheep projects and aspiring to go to Eastern States with the Sheep Team are encouraged to send their Intent to Participate Form in early. Here are some great reasons why from the 4-H Sheep Committee:

  • You’ll get on the sheep team email list to find out about educational opportunities to learn about sheep (we don’t have a lot of meetings of just sitting around – we do stuff)
  • We meet during the winter, spring and summer to learn about sheep and plan for the ESE experience before the event in the fall.
  • Youth have a chance to learn online through quizzes that can help members with the sheep skill-a-thons at Maine fairs this summer as well as Eastern States.

If you’ve been involved with a 4H sheep project for at least a year, you are 12 years of age or older in 4-H years, and you re-enrolled as a 4-Her by December 31, then let us know now so we can get you connected to the other state sheep team kids. Youth who do not want to attend Eastern States, but who still want to learn about sheep are welcome to attend these educational events.

For more information, you can contact Michaele Bailey, 207.581.3872, or Wendy Almeida at Intent to participate forms can be found at

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website at 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 or at 207.324.2814.

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 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 Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age).

Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette if you have any questions.

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:

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