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4-H Newsletters - July 2013 4-H News

Ossipee Valley Fair
JULY 11 – 14
Since 1980, Ossipee Valley Fair has been the place to be for summer family fun in southern Maine! We’re a true country fair with oodles of livestock events, competitions, demonstrations and exhibits.

Ossipee Valley Fair also offers:

Put “The Friendliest of Fairs” on your “must see” list this summer! Visit their website for more details on 4-H events

 July Activity Corner
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.

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 15th, 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!

The NFL Challenges Kids To Think Of New Ways to Stay Active!
NFL PLAY 60 Invention Contest The NFL PLAY 60 Invention Contest is a national contest for kids ages 6-13 to use their imagination and develop new ways to stay active and healthy. The contest encourages kids to create a fun idea for a fitness focused game, equipment or football-themed training gear. Enter now to participate in the NFL PLAY 60 Invention Contest! The contest closes on July 12, 2013.

Three finalists will win a trip to a Grand Prize event and have the opportunity to present their ideas to NFL VIPs. The Grand Prize winner will win $5,000 and the two runner-ups will receive $500. The NFL will also work with the Grand Prize Winner to bring their idea to life.

Visit: to learn more

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (Proof of Insurance)
Maine fair season will soon be 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.

2013 Scholarship Winners!
Congratulation’s to the 2013 Scholarship winners:

Susan P. Grover $200 and Leaders Association $300

Susan P. Grover, Leaders Association $250 and Extension Homemakers $100

Leaders Association $350, Linda Clark/Margie Justice $100

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 the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve 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 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 at:

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 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 wood, 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 at – 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 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 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page at:

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 at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrate 4-H projects 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. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 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; 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 is the year that 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. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online at: or inquire at your local County Extension Office.

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 at; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.

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 at both sites. 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! For more information go to or call Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868. See you there!

Saanen Goat Kids Available
A community member would like to place 3 or 4 Saanen kids with a 4-Her in Maine. These Saanens all have the Sable gene, though they are white. Please contact Michaele Bailey at or at 207.581.3872 if you would like more information.


 2013 4-H Calendar


4-H Club Happenings

Merry Makers
Leader: Sarah Sparks
Secretary: Noah
This month at our club meeting, we discussed upcoming Maine 4H days and all the fun events planned for that. We also worked on our club display for the Ossipee and Cumberland Fairs.

4-Paws 4-H Dog Agility Club
Leader & Reporter: Sherry Dietrich
Meeting: 5/25/2013 in Pownal
What’s that expression?  Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall?  Surely they didn’t mean a “Spring Nor’easter” that blew in on 4-Paws 4-H Dog agility Club’s Game Day May 25.  Yet there it was in full force causing our annual Game and Picnic Day to be cancelled.  But the Club did not let the day go to waste.  All members were asked to come to Mallett Hall in Pownal to have an end of the season wrap up session for our 20th Anniversary and take advantage of leader Kelly Welch’s Silent Auction designed to raise money for the Club’s Community Service Project, the National Canine Cancer Research Foundation.

A business meeting was held first, called to order by Kate.  Parker and Taylor led us in pledges and Lexi read the minutes of the May 18 meeting and they were approved as read.  Reed reported the treasury now has $217.50.  Under old business, Mrs. Dietrich reminded everyone June Jamboree is next weekend and urged members to attend.  Taylor, Sophie and Nicholas will be submitting posters in the 4-H Hall.  Mrs. D. showed the group the newspaper article about the Club in Tri Town Weekly.  Under New Business, Mrs Dietrich said she would be contacting members and parents later in the summer to sign up volunteers for the 4-H Pig raffle and Kitchen at Cumberland Fair.

For our Educational portion of the meeting Taylor gave an illustrated talk on the Golden Retriever.
The meeting adjourned for everyone to bid at the Silent Auction.  Kelly Welch reported at the end we had raised about $400 for canine cancer research.  Way to go 4-Her’s!!! Before leaving the building all members picked up a gift bag with lots of donated goodies.

This meeting ended our 20th Anniversary season.  Thanks go to so many people who helped us out in extraordinary ways with donations, training sessions, ring stewarding, bar setting, tunnel straightening, dog holding, extension for my many requests, you name it.  Without you we could not have had such a successful 20 years including this one.

Lastly, let’s not forget special pats and hugs for those of the 5th “H” of the 4-H’s our adorable “Hounds”: Tessa, Faith, Jackson, Kodiak, Lucy, Hope, Rudy, Trill, Peeper, Rue, Fenway, Chance, Hawser, Maya, Gordon, Dixie, Buddy, Mattie and Madison.  We do it all for them.









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