The Franklin County 4-H Fair will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the Farmington fairgrounds. The purpose of the Fair is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn about the various projects that are available in the program and to interact with other members and clubs in the county. In the barn area, there will be demonstrations by some of the large animal 4-H groups such as beef, dairy, and horse. These will take place throughout the day. Goats and sheep will also be on exhibit.
The schedule also includes contests and workshops, which will be open to the public.
Dave Fuller, Ag and Non-Timber Forest Products Professional at the Franklin County Extension Office, and Debra Kantor, Extension Educator from the Somerset county Extension office, will present an educational program for youth and interested adults called “Money Can Grow on Trees.” Ideas and information will be provided on how to creatively use our forest resources such as birch bark and fir to make marketable goods and how to market them. Making “birch bark whistles” will be a featured hands-on activity for youth in attendance.
“Easy Jam in Minutes” is another workshop taking place for those who enjoy making jam.
A Photography Workshop will be hosted by Stacy Damon of Damon Photography.
Several 4-H clubs will host craft workshops such as “The Braiding Whee.l” There will also be a workshop focusing on activities for the “Cloverbud” age group, ages 5-8. All children ages 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the workshops.
A “Garden Angels” workshop will be held in which 4-H members and volunteers will be making window boxes for a seniors gardening project.
For youth interested in archery, a certified archery instructor will be on hand to teach archery safety procedures and give participants an opportunity to try their hand at a bow and arrow.
There will be three contests taking place which will be open to public participation: a Photo Contest, a Decorated Hat Contest, and a Baking Contest. Divisions for all contests are:
- Division 1: ages 5-8
- Division 2: ages 9-11
- Division 3: ages 12-14
- Division 4: ages15-18
- Division 5: Adult
Themes for the Photo Contest are: Division 1 — “The Color Blue”; Division 2 — “Angles”; Division 3 — “Flowing Water”; Division 4 — Close Up”; Division 5 — “Heavy Metal.” Only one entry per person will be accepted. Photos must be at least 5×7, framed, and have a strong hanger. Photos may be black and white or color. Please include your name and address and if you are a 4-H member, please include your club(s) name(s).
The theme for the Decorated Hat Contest is ”Farm Machinery.” Only one entry per person and entries will be judged on appropriateness of theme, creativity, and ability to be worn.
Cupcakes are the focus of the Bake-Off Contest. The required recipe to be used is in the Fair brochure. These will be available and may be picked up at area businesses or drop by the UMaine Extension Franklin County office and pick one up.
Contest entries must be entered at the Starbird Building between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Judging will take place at 11:00 a.m. Contest winners will be announced at 4:00 p.m. in the Worthley Arena.
The public is welcome “free of charge” to come and spend the day learning about the 4-H program and take part in some fun activities. Light lunches and snacks will be available on the grounds all day.
And don’t forget the 4-H Auction fundraiser, which will take place on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Starbird Building at the fair grounds. Preview of items up for bid will be at 6:00 p.m.
4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. If anyone has questions about the program here in Franklin County or would like more information, please contact Judy Smith at the Franklin County Extension Office. Call 778-4650 or 1-800-287-1478 (in Maine).