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August 2012 4-H News

Help Needed at the 4-H Kitchen, Cumberland Fair

Dear Fellow 4H Leaders,

I have taken on the task of filling the work schedule for the 4H Kitchen and Pig Raffle for the week of Cumberland Fair (September 23 – September 29). As you probably know, the 4H Kitchen and Pig Raffle at the fair is the only Cumberland County 4H Leaders Association fundraiser we do each year. The money raised is used each year to fund special events (Mini-Forum, June Jamboree, Winterfest), CWF, scholarships and more.

All regular and independent 4H members in Cumberland County benefit from this fundraiser. Each club has a responsibility to help make this fundraiser successful. We need every club and all independent members to volunteer in order to fill all the slots. Clubs with large membership may want to consider filling two slots

Please help make my job easier by checking with club members, parents and friends to come up with a time your club can work. It is necessary to have at least two adults for each shift. 4H members are not allowed to use the grill but can be helpful in other ways. Three to four 4H members can take orders, serve drinks, give change and help sell raffle tickets. We can combine clubs if you feel you don’t have enough people for one shift.

Do not worry if you and your club have never volunteered. There are plenty of helpful signs and helpful people around to help you learn the ropes.

The shift times are as follows: Sunday through Saturday: 6:00-8:00 a.m., 8:00-11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-9:00 p.m.

I will be contacting all leaders and independent members before the fair if I don’t hear from you. Please help by e-mailing Nicole at ( or calling Nicole at (615-7558) and letting me know when your club will be able to help.

Flipping burgers with club members, parents and friends can be fun! And…you’ll know that you’ve helped fund the great variety of events sponsored by the Cumberland County 4-H Leaders Association.

Thanks, in advance, for your help


Nicole Foster

Cumberland Fair 2012
Cumberland Fair is fast approaching! The fair will be held September 23 through September 29. The 2012 Cumberland Fair book will soon be online and a link to the Cumberland Fair 4-H packet will be e-mailed to you by August 8th. Please be sure to look over the packet. Livestock entry forms will be due to Mark Cooper by September 1st. Here are some helpful suggestions for you while you are getting ready for the fair:

1. Club Exhibits – be sure to bring everything for your display, Including a table no larger then 4ft. by 4ft., if it will be needed!

2. Projects – pay close attention to the details on your projects and allow time to complete them and not leave things to the last minute.

3. Exhibit Forms – be sure to get your Cumberland Fair exhibit form to your leader early so we can make sure we have room in the hall for your exhibits.

4-H Hall at the Cumberland Fair Grounds – Cleanup!
The Cumberland County Leaders Association is having the annual clean up of the 4-H Hall at the Cumberland Fairgrounds on August 16th, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. All leaders are encouraged to come out and help. There will be pizza and desserts after all our hard work is completed. Please stay and join the Leaders Association at their August Leaders meeting to get ready for the fair. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show
Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show, will be held Friday, September 28, 2012 at 3:30 P.M. at the Livestock Arena, Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road, Cumberland ME.

The 4-H Dog show will include showmanship, obedience, and a fun obstacle course. This show is open to 4-H youth in any county.

Dog show entry forms are due by September 21, 2012

Dog show entry form and information

Directions to fairgrounds

Please send entry forms to Sara Conant
For questions please contact:
4-H Representative: Sara Conant
6 Village Road
Windham, ME 04062
Phone: 892–5855

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (Proof of Insurance)
Maine fair season is upon us! Many Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance may be 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 (ex. parents or volunteers).

This is a reminder that it is time for the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors annual membership renewal. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. More information is available at:

Pig Raffle Tickets
Jenn Grant has the Pig raffle tickets for the Cumberland fair if you would like to purchase or sell these please contact Jenn at 318-9166.

4-H Activity Corner
Growing lots of tasty fruits and vegetables this garden season? Learn more about preserving your harvest at   Adult assistance is a must for kitchen safety.

Volunteer Help Needed
The Cumberland County Extension Association (CCEA) is looking for interested people to serve on its Board of Directors. CCEA oversees the county funding that supports the University of Maine Cooperative Extension educational programs in Cumberland County for the public in areas of 4-H and Youth Development, Agriculture and Horticulture, Natural Resources, Family Living, Food Safety and Nutrition. The Board meets on the third Wednesday evening every month, except on holidays, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM usually at the UMaine Regional Learning Center in Falmouth.

We would like to have representation from a good cross-section of community minded people from towns all over Cumberland County. If you are interested in serving or know of someone who would be interested and would like to know more about the Cumberland County Extension Association, please connect with Andrea Herr at 781-6099 or to request an information packet.

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.

P.A.W. Event at TSC
Show your pet appreciation!

Tractor Supply Company is hosting its annual P.A.W. (Pet Appreciation Week) event again in August, with the main event happening on Saturday, August 18th. 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!

To participate in this event, contact your store manager and then register for the event by calling the P.A.W. Hotline at 1-877-234-0623 between 7am-10pm CST.

Round Up at JCPenney to Benefit 4-H!
For 84 years, JCPenney has been part of the 4-H family, beginning with Mr. Penney’s first donation to 4-H in 1928. We are thrilled to share that JCPenney’s commitment to this legacy will continue with support for 4-H again this year.

JCPenney is shifting their corporate giving strategy and modifying the way they give to 4-H. Instead of hosting “Round Up” campaigns to benefit 4-H quarterly, this year they are dedicating the month of August to one large “Round Up” campaign to benefit 4-H and BGCA after-school programming. Learn more about the JCPCares program.

The amount of funding that will be generated is unknown at this point, but your engagement and participation is essential to help it grow. We have three unique opportunities that will allow you to help drive funding to 4-H:

  • Get Your Haircut at JCPenney on August 1st. Throughout the month of August, JCPenney will give any young person, grades K-6th, a free haircut at participating stores. For each free haircut they give on August 1st,JCPenney will donate $1 to 4-H up to $25,000. Haircuts are first come, first serve, or by appointment.
  • Shop at JCPenney and “Round Up”. Start your back-to-school shopping at JCPenney in the month of August and support your local 4-H program by rounding-up your purchases to the next dollar.
  • Help us spread the word via Facebook and Twitter by re-posting and re-tweeting about the promotion.
    As the campaign unfolds and we learn new details, we will be sure to share them with you.

So, visit your local JCPenney store in August, tell your friends and family about the August “Round Up” campaign and get the word out and help to drive funding to your national, state and local 4-H program.

Maine Agricultural Fairs in August
For a list of Maine Agricultural Fairs please visit the following website:

Equine Affaire
Equine Affaire will be held, November 8-11, 2012
Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield, MA
For more information or to attend please visit:

The Big E
September 14-30, 2012

Rabbit Free to Good Home
Rajah is a three year old mini lop looking for a 4-H home. She is friendly and loves to run around. If you are looking to start raising rabbits or just want one for your friend. Please call Kayla 712-7401


Free to Good 4-H Home

State 4-H News

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, 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
- 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. Information may be found at the following URL:

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 years of age but did not reach their 19th birthday by December 31, 2011. For more information on this event go to Please contact Lee Sargent at or call 207-479-6014 for tryout opportunities and competition details.

Trip and Travel Camps with Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps
This summer, Tanglewood and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camps are offering 11 different and exciting week-long Outdoor Discovery Trips. Maine’s woods, mountains and waters are perfect settings to learn wilderness skills, teamwork, and observe wildlife while living lightly on the land. Discovery Trips are for campers aged 9-17 who want a more physically and mentally challenging experience. Rain or shine, we are on the trail, on the water, and on the go! Trips run July 1-August 17 and offer something for everyone: sailing, canoeing, camping, rock climbing, deep-sea fishing, rafting, hiking the Appalachian Trail or coastal island hopping! All equipment is provided. If you are looking for an adventure this summer, look no further! For more information contact Patti Chapman at 207-789-5668.

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:

- The New England 4-H Beef Poster, Ad or Logo Contest:

- The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest:

4-Hers of all ages can give their entries to a team member or chaperone headed to The Big E for submission.

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 at

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 website or call 207-789-5868 or 877-944-2267 (toll-free in Maine) or email us at 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.

4-H 2012 Calendar

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