Happy July Birthdays!
Ethan G. 7/4
Austin B. 7/7
Mikala D. 7/7
Sage T. 7/8
Avery J. 7/15
Valerie F. 7/16
Bryar S. 7/20
Liam M. 7/22
Nathaniel T. 7/25
July Dates to Remember
- July 16 – Topsham Fair Horse Show Forms Due!
- July 18- 21 – Maine 4-H Days, Windsor Fairgrounds
- July 20 – State 4-H Dairy Fitting Competition, 5:00 p.m. , Windsor Fairgrounds
- July 21 – Maine State 4-H Dairy Show, 9:00 a.m. , Windsor Fairgrounds
- July 3 – July 30 – 4-H Science Tuesdays, Elm Street School, 129 Elm Street, Mechanic Falls, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Topsham Fair Information
EXHIBITION HALL SET UP TIMES – Friday Aug 2, 4:00-8:00 p.m. & Saturday Aug 3, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
JUDGING – Begins Saturday Aug 3, 12:00 p.m. At least one VOLT Volunteer from each exhibiting club must be present for judging.
We are also looking for judges to help with demonstrations! Please call 207.353.5550 to find out more.
July Activity Corner
How can you put your creativity and engineering skills to work over the summer? Participate in the toothpick challenge! Design, Build and Re-design something with toothpicks. Here are some questions to get you started:
- What is the tallest creation you can make?
- What is the longest creation you can make?
- Can you come up with a theme for your toothpick creation?
- Is your toothpick creation movable?
Work on this and come back to it throughout the summer. If you come up with a strong design, this could be a great exhibit for the 2013 Robotics Expo!
Leaders Association News
Happy Summer 4-Hers!
I can’t believe it, but we only have about 6 weeks till the Topsham Fair. There is so much to do! Animal Intent Forms were due June 30th, project records are being finished up, and club displays are in the works. With so much to do, please don’t wait till the last minute!
Congratulations to all who helped out with the Doo Doo Drive-Through and Community Center Movie. You raised over $500!! This is money that can be used for camperships and scholarships for our members.
I am working on getting 4-H some space at the Common Ground Fair and am looking for clubs who would be willing to show their fair display. I would be glad to take them to the fair and set them up. Why? 4-H is meant to grow and we are always looking for new members. This is a great way to show others what we do. Common Ground is also asking for 4-Hers to present animal projects. Last year, we had a young lady from Lincoln County present on her dairy club and our own Kaylin Beck presented on poultry. We need more presenters! This is also a great way to do your required project presentation. I will also be judging a Poultry Showmanship session. Please see the Common Ground Fair Fairbook for more information.
I hope everyone has a wonderful summer! See you at Maine 4-H Days and the Topsham Fair!
Robin Beck, President
Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Leaders Association
Equine Etc. has been doing lots of planning! We’ve been busy getting ready for the 4-H horse show season and recently had a pizza party meeting and played fun games! What have your clubs been doing?
State 4-H News
Register Now for Maine 4-H Days!
Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18-21, 2013, at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for 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 this year! 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 – 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.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessy Brainerd or call 207.581.3877.
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!
State 4-H Dairy Program Dates
Please hold the following dates for the State 4-H Dairy Programs:
- Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 p.m., Windsor Fairgrounds
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 a.m., Windsor Fairgrounds
The Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.
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 fairgoers 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, 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, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props as needed. Please call the UMaine 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. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. 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
This year 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. Application deadline is August 5. More information, including how to apply for this scholarship, is available online, or inquire at your local County Extension office.
Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center Summer Camps
Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville, and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Tenants Harbor, still have openings for summer camp programs. Maine 4-H members are eligible for a $100 discount on residential camp tuition. Come join us for fun and adventure in the woods, waters, and shores! More information is on our website or call Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868. See you there!
Congratulations to National 4-H Trip Delegates!
4-H members from around the state have been selected to represent Maine at upcoming national 4-H trips. Maine 4-H is proud to be represented at National 4-H Congress, held in Atlanta, GA, in November, by Grace B., Ellie P., Charlene L., and Samantha S. We are also excited to have Maine delegates Kristin B., Cassidy L., Nicole S., and Natalie H. at National 4-H Conference, held in Washington DC in April 2014. Congratulations delegates for a job well done!
Saanen Goat Kids Available
A community member would like to place three or four Saanen goat kids with a 4-Her in Maine. These Saanens have white coats but all have the Sable gene. Please contact Michaele Bailey or call 207.581.3872 if you would like more information.
Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (for example, parents or volunteers).
Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies, so please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) insurance.
Annual membership in MALE is renewed in June, so last year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Please note as of July 1,2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy only, meaning the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeple chase, rodeos, and team penning, as well as all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available on their website.
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. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application here. The application deadline is December 31, 2013.
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
July 31 – July Leaders’ Association Meeting (changed from July 3)
August 5 – 2013 Morris Scholarship Deadline
August 6-11 – Topsham Fair