Asia J. 8/2 Carly St. P. 8/18
Ella F. 8/2 Henry F. 8/19
Jordan McM. 8/2 Ryleigh D. 8/19
Madeleine G. 8/3 Cassidy A. 8/20
Elizabeth H. 8/6 Willow B. 8/21
Jonathan S. 8/6 Jordan D. 8/23
Quinn T. 8/15 Zachary T. 8/23
Sophia M. 8/15 Lilly N. 8/24
Oscar B. 8/16 Tristan S. 8/24
Bronwyn G. 8/18 Maryah C. 8/26
Dates to Remember
August 3 & 4 – Topsham Fair Exhibit Set-Up
August 4, 12:00-12:30 – Topsham Fair Judging Orientation
August 4, 12:30, Topsham Fair Judging – Each club is expected to have at least one, enrolled 4-H volunteer participate
August 7-12, Topsham Fair
August 12, 4-H DAY! Topsham Fair
October 12, Project Records due to UMaine Extension office – Project Records should be judged (1 time) by a club leader before arriving at the office.
October 24, 5:30 pm – Project Record Judging and Pizza – Each club should have 2 VOLT-trained volunteers in attendance for project record judging.
Growing lots of tasty fruits and vegetables this garden season? Learn more about preserving your harvest with the Let’s Preserve series of fact sheets! Remember – adult assistance is always a must for kitchen safety.
4-H Club News
No Horsin’ Around – The July meeting of No Horsin’ Around was our family meeting at the Tripp Lake Beach in Poland. We had snacks, Subway sandwiches and desserts. We filled out our lease forms for our Animal Approval forms, and discussed our Topsham Fair exhibit and what demos we’d like to do. Each member donated a pound of pasta to the food bank. We swam, snacked some more and went home. Two leaders and six members attended the meeting.
~ Respectfully submitted,
Sophia M, Club Reporter, No Horsin’ Around
Equine Etc. had the pleasure of Miss Rodeo Maine 2012, and 4-H Alumni, Michelle Morris come and speak to our club about her new role Miss Rodeo Maine. She shared with us her many responsibilities, behind the scenes of a rodeo and also how her years in 4-H helped her be a good record keeper, speaking to groups and creating a beautiful scrapbook.
Thank you Miss Rodeo Maine for coming and speaking to Equine Etc.
Please come and support us, Equine Etc., at Tractor Supply in Brunswick on August 18th from 10am-2pm for a Club Car Wash! We promise lots of water, bubbles, clean cars and just a little bit of fun.
What has your club been up to?
~Lauren & Brynn C, Equine Etc.
4-H State News
4-H Day at Topsham Fair
August 12th is a pretty big day in our 4-H world. It is a big day because we are working to bring a “NEW” 4-H presence to an old fair. The Topsham Fair folks have constructed a brand new barn that will be ours for the day. During the Agricultural Adventures that begins at 1:30, we have at least six tables that will be set up and fair goers will be able to walk through the barn and explore. If you are interested in hosting a table during this time, please contact Sarah Sparks or Kristy Ouellette at the UMaine Extension office at 353-5550.
We would like to invite you to participate in our 4-H Parade! Open to any 4-H member and any 4-H alumni. Walk in the 4-H parade, come and show your support. Create awareness of 4-H by expressing your creativity and wearing your 4-H t-shirts. You may walk as a club or other group/individual. We encourage you to think creatively, such as dressing up as a robot or horse, decorate a wagon. No livestock or motorized vehicles. Please RSVP your space in the parade by contacting the UMaine Extension office at 353-5550 before August 3rd. For a full schedule of events, the 2012 Topsham Fair schedule is available online.
P.A.W. Event at Tractor Supply Centers – Show your pet appreciation!
Tractor Supply is having Pet Appreciation Week August 15-19. We are having the Main Event on Saturday, Aug 18 and would like to have 4-H be involved. Any club can participate. Things that clubs might do include fundraising, project displays, demonstrations, etc. Any 4-H club that wants to participate needs to call 1-877-234-0623 to register and, once they have done that, a store representative will be in contact with them.
This event will feature free activities to celebrate your pets, adoptions, demos, and fun giveaways, as well as an opportunity for 4-H clubs to sign up to host the Watering Station for pets during the event! The P.A.W. event will draw in many families and friends in your community who want to show support for their pets—an ideal time for great 4-H visibility, for 4-H’ers to showcase their projects to a large audience, and to recruit new members and new volunteers!
New England 4-H Dog and Beef Poster Contests
There are great opportunities for youth in the 4-H Dog Care Project, and the 4-H Beef Project to participate in The Big E, even without going to W. Springfield, MA. There are two different contests available:
4-Hers of all ages can give their entries to a team member or chaperone headed to The Big E for submission.
Fall Paper Clover
The fall Paper Clover promotion at all Tractor Supply Company stores is coming September 19th-30th, 2012. Maine 4-H Paper Clover runs the month of October at businesses across the county. Clubs are invited to participate and contact their UMaine Extension office about how they can help promote 4-H.
Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held on Friday, September 28 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland. The 4-H Dog show will include showmanship, obedience, and a fun obstacle course. Entry forms are due by September 21, 2012. This show is open to 4-H youth in any county. More information and entry forms for the Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show are available online, or contact Sara Conant or call 207-892–5855.
Jolly 4-H Market
The Jolly Farmers and Jolly Juniors of Coopers Mills would like to invite all 4-Hers and/or 4-H groups throughout the state of Maine to join us in our first Jolly 4-H Market. Bring crafts and market items of all kinds to sell – jewelry, ornaments, flowers, pumpkins, etc. No raffles or bake/food sales allowed. All exhibitors must be active members of 4-H.
This event is on October 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Windsor Fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. Crafters may set up at 8:00 a.m. Cost: $10.00 for 8’ space (you provide your own tables and chairs) or $15.00 for 8’ space including 1 table and 2 chairs. The Jolly Farmers and The Jolly Juniors 4-H clubs will have a concession stand with hotdogs, popcorn, drinks and other delectable goodies. For more information contact Darlene Newcombe or call 207-549-4532.
Save the Dates! 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer E-Forum
Join with other 4-H Volunteers in your community to learn cutting edge information that will help you work with your 4-H members. Session topics include Dealing with Difficult People/Conflict Resolution, Behavior Management in Positive Youth Development Settings, and Working with Multi-Aged Youth in Club Settings. More information about the location and additional details will be announced soon! Stay current by liking the Facebook page – 2012 Northeast Region 4-H Volunteer Forum.
Join the 4-H Techno Revolution! Dates for the 3 Sessions – All sessions will take place 7:00 – 8:30 PM EST
- Monday, October 29
- Monday, November 5
- Monday, November 12
Military Teen Adventure Camps 2012-2013
Nearly 1600 military teens (14-18 years old) will have an opportunity to participate (at little to no cost) in adventure camps scheduled April 2012 through March 2013. These high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps are planned across the United States from Alaska to Maine and from Colorado to Georgia as well as states in between.
Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow a teen to build leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while participating in activities like backpacking, river rafting, canoeing, wilderness survival, rocketry, rock climbing, GPS use, mountain biking, first aid, winter camping, dog sledding, ropes courses, camp cooking, archery, and other camp activities. Camps for youth with special needs (mental, physical, and emotional) are also planned in California, Ohio, and New Hampshire. For military youth already in the Pacific Rim, two camp dates are available in Hawaii. More information is available online.
4-H National Horse Communications Team Tryouts
Interested in a horse related 4-H national public speaking competition in Louisville, Kentucky November 2-4, 2012? You can try out for this team. Participants must be at least 14, and not yet 19, years old by December 31, 2011. More information on this event is available online. Please contact Lee Sargent or call 207-479-6014 for tryout opportunities and competition details.
Summer Camp – Scholarships available
Summer Camp programs at Bryant Pond still have openings. Enroll now! Scholarships are available for many programs: $250 towards Conservation Camp, Natural Explorer, Fishing Camp; $200 towards 4-H Shooting Sports Camps. Call 665-2068 for current information, or visit us online.
Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove Summer Camps still have openings!
Join us for a fun-filled time at Tanglewood in Lincolnville or at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor! There are many camps to choose from, including day camp, one- and two-week residential camps, and trip programs. Hiking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, theater, farming, and much, much more await you. Check it out at our Web site or call 207-789-5868 or 877-944-2267 (toll-free in Maine), or email us. We can’t wait to see you at camp!
2012 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!
This year’s Maine 4-H Days was attended by almost 500 people (more than ever before!), and was judged to be an “awesome” experience by youth and adults alike. Maine 4-H Days was made possible by financial support from the Maine 4-H Foundation, and by the tireless efforts of the volunteers who worked through the days and into the nights to keep things running smoothly. This event truly gave Maine 4-H’s volunteers a chance to shine.
Planning will be soon be underway for the 2013 Maine 4-H Days. If you have any feedback or suggestions, or would be interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Jessy Brainerd or Sarah Sparks, or call 207-581-3877.
Save the Date!
September 28 – Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
October 27 – Robotics Expo