Happy May Birthdays!
- Hunter L. 5/10
- Alexandra H. 5/23
- Joshua M. 5/24
- Phoebe H. 5/25
- Linden J. 5/25
Dates to Remember
- May 1 – ESE Dairy Team Intent to Participate Deadline
- May 1 – ESE Sheep Team Intent to Participate Deadline
- May 11 – 4-H Leader’s Association Fundraiser – “Doo-Doo Drive Thru” Compost Sale – Justalittle Farm, Lisbon Falls, 8:30 a.m. – proceeds to go towards 4-H activities in our counties!
- May 17 & 18 – 4-H @ UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus – University of Maine, Orono
- May 18 – Equine Etc.4-H Club – Open Barn Day Activity Booth, Safe Haven Farm
The Northeast Livestock Exposition
May, 17,18, & 19 at Windsor Fairgrounds with many old favorites and new events for youth!
Register by visiting the web site and click on ‘Youth’ for registration information.
New this year will be a market lamb sale with a jackpot show at Skowhegan Fair!
For the latest and most up to date information check out our Facebook page NELE Youth Events.
Spring is officially here and with that comes Fishing season! Did you know fishing is a National 4-H project? Curriculum is available to purchase from the National 4-H Supply Service or to view at your county office.
Looking for a fun activity to do to get ready for fishing? Have a casting contest! All you need is an empty aluminum can, fishing line and some friends to join you. Learn more about how to do this at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension web site.
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H is looking for folks to serve on the Topsham Fair Committee. This group will be in charge of coordinating activities and outreach during the Topsham Fair. This group will meet every other month. If you are interested please connect with Kristy!
4-H Science at Hillview Housing – Lewiston
Fatuma D. and Farhio M. had fun being leaders during the 4-H Science Fair at Hillview Housing.
1st Annual 4-H Fun Day! Presented by 4-H Teen Leaders
On April 19, 4-H Youth participated in the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 1st Annual 4-H Fun Day! There were several sessions throughout the day including: tree identification, cooking, face painting, survival skills, science fun and sewing a reusable shopping bag. The Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Teen Leaders presented this fun-filled day of hands-on activities!
All photos by Sarah Sparks.
4-H News May 2013
Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine
2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!
Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the woods, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year. There will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!
Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website. We are, also, encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.
Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!
2013 Maine 4-H Days – Registration Begins in May
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013, at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are now available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. Please contact your local county office if you need paper copies of the forms.
We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.
Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year! Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.
2013 Maine 4-H Days – Presenters Needed
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 include 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 in another capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207-581-3877.
Great News for 4-H Shooting Sports!
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is one of seven state 4-H programs to receive $100,000 for its youth firearm safety programming from the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc., and Scholastic Shooting Trust. The funding is part of a $3 million donation from Larry and Brenda Potterfield, founders of MidwayUSA. In addition to supporting 4-H Shooting Sports programs, the donation provided 192 shooting sports teams nationwide endowments of $10,000 each. Last November, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife also administered $23,600 from the U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support a three-year 4-H Shooting Sports partnership. Additionally, in June of last year, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donated $10,000 to the endowment fund, which was matched by the Potterfields. In the 4-H Shooting Sports programs, youth learn marksmanship, safe and responsible use of firearms, as well as principles of hunting and archery. The activities of the program and the support of caring adult leaders provide young people with opportunities to develop life skills, self-worth, and conservation ethics. More information on the UMaine Extension 4-H Shooting Sports program is available online.
UMaine Extension 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training Weekend
The annual 4-H Shooting Sports Workshop will be held June 14-16, 2013, at the Bryant Pond 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Oxford County. This weekend training will certify you as a State of Maine 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor in the Rifle, Shotgun, Archery or the Hunting/Wildlife discipline. (One discipline of your choice) The weekend includes meals and lodging at Bryant Pond’s beautiful Lakeside Lodge. More information is available on the website, or contact Scott Olsen or call 207-665-2068.
Eastern States Exposition – Form Deadlines
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!
- Dairy Cattle – May 1
- Sheep – May 1
- Dog – May 15
- Horse PACKETS are due June 7
Additional information and forms are available on the 4-H website.
Eastern States Exposition – New England Center Program
Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fair-goers at The Big E in West Springfield, Mass, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.
Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects that, this year, will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth, also, have the opportunity to participate in stage performances of planned presentations using costumes and other props as needed. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension office in Oxford County at 207-743-6329, or 800-287-1482 (in Maine), for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will stay in the dorm, and meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers, participating in the New England Center Program, are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.
2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants
Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Information on how to apply for this scholarship is available online.
Maine ESE Horse Tryouts
This year ESE Horse tryouts will take place on July 12, 13, and 14 at Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Reminder that riders/drivers must be 14 years old as of December 31, 2012. Information and tryout forms are posted on the UMaine Extension 4-H website. If you have questions about ESE tryouts, please contact Tina Hogan, ESE Horse Committee Coordinator, or Kristy Ouellette, Extension Educator, or call 207-353-5550.
State 4-H Dairy Program Dates
Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 a.m. at the Windsor Fairgrounds
The Dairy Packet and related forms are available on the 4-H Dairy web page.
4-H Farm-to-Fair Key Volunteers Needed
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.
A Volunteer Coordinator is needed to seek out and organize the schedule of volunteers operating the exhibit for the eight days 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 want to volunteer or learn more, contact Cindy Rogers, 4-H Program Aide, Knox and Lincoln Counties, or call 832-0343.
Beef Heifer Project
The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. You can find the application online. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2013.
Resources for Leaders, Volunteers & Members
- UMaine Extension’s 4-H website
- 4-H National interactive website
- 4-H Supplies, Gifts, & Educational Resources website
- Michaele Bailey, 4-H Activities & Events Coordinator, UMaine Extension – Orono: 207-581-3872
- Lisa Phelps, Program Administrator, UMaine Extension: 207-356-3851
Save the Date!
- July 12-14 – Maine ESE Horse Tryouts
- July 18-21 – 2013 Maine 4-H Days
- July 20 – Dairy Fitting Competition
- July 21 – Maine State 4-H Dairy Show
- August 6-11 – Topsham Fair