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Wilton Student receives Franklin County Extension Association 4-H Annual Award

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

WILTON – The Franklin County Extension Association announced that Mt. Blue High School senior Kyrie Harnden of Wilton has been chosen to receive the 4-H Annual Award. This award is given to a 4-H member who has demonstrated the character and life skills that 4-H promotes, and who will pursue further education after high school. Harnden has been a member of the Dandy Crafters 4-H Club for 10 years. She plans to attend college and to become a registered nurse.

“4-H has developed me into the person I have always wanted to be,” Harnden said. Her work in many diverse projects (from the arts and music to fitness and health) show her progress. She has held many leadership positions in the Dandy Crafters over the years, and has helped her club to achieve many community service awards. She was a delegate to the Citizen Washington D.C. Focus in 2012.

In addition to 4-H, Kyrie has been very active at Mt. Blue High School in Jazz Band, choir, Interact Club and varsity track, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays field hockey and basketball, and has taken dance lessons for more than 10 years. The Franklin County Fiddlers and the Old Crow Indian Band benefit from her membership.Harnden has participated in two mission trips to Nicaragua. Whatever the need, she is always ready to help her family and the community at large.

The Franklin County Extension Association supports the work of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County. 4-H is one of the association’s important programs, providing hands-on background in agriculture, community service, science and technology. For more information about 4-H, contact the Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-287-1478.

The association is giving its award for the first time this spring and intends to make this award an annual event. While a portion of the award will be taken from operating expense, the association seeks donations in any amount from community members to enrich its Award Fund. Donations can be sent to the Franklin County Extension Association, 138 Pleasant St., Farmington, Maine 04938.

Annual Franklin County 4-H Fair & Auction on June 14, 2014

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Elizabeth Grondin at the 2013 4-H Fair. She is a member of the Beef Boosters 4-H Club.

Elizabeth Grondin at the 2013 4-H Fair. She is a member of the Beef Boosters 4-H Club.

FARMINGTON – The Annual Franklin County 4-H Fair will take place all day on Saturday, June 14 at the Farmington fairgrounds. Activities begin at 9 a.m. The purpose of the fair is to provide a time for the local 4-H clubs to get together and for members to learn about one another’s projects and participate in some fun activities. It also provides opportunity for the public to learn first hand what 4-H is all about. 4-H clubs will be doing demonstrations and having club activities all day.

There will be several workshops held throughout the day and everyone is welcome to participate. Workshops include a Farm Safety Workshop instructed by Leilani Carlson, project coordinator for the Maine Agibility Program and member of the Franklin County Extension staff and Dave Fuller, agriculture and non-timber forest products professional at the Franklin County Extension Office, will present a workshop on making weather sticks as part of the “Money Can Grow on Trees” program.

The 4-H members will also enjoy craft projects such as making magnets with Denae Greenlaw, a member of the Dandy Crafters 4-H Club, making balloon creations. Learning how to use a compass with the 4-H Adventure Seekers 4-H Club. Club members and adults will enjoy the wildlife display and hearing stories from Jack Howatt or watching demonstrations from the sheriff’s department K-9 handler Cpl. Chris Chase and Abbie, and much more. There is something for everyone.

The Franklin County 4-H Leaders Association will be selling hot dogs, chips, and drink during lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All contests are open to the public as well. Only one entry per person in each contest. Entries for all contests will be accepted from 8 – 10 a.m. in the Starbird Building. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Entries may be picked up Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m.

And don’t forget the 4-H auction fundraiser will be held Saturday evening, June 14 at 7 p.m. Stay and bid on some great items! Preview of items being sold will begin at 6 p.m.


Division 1: 5 – 8 years old

Division 2: 9 – 11 years old

Division 3: 12 – 14 years old

Division 4: 15 – 18 years old

Division 5: Adult


Themes for each age division:

Divisions 1 & 2 – “Backyard”

Division 3 – “Agriculture”

Division 4 – “Tell a Story”

Division 5 – “Mood

Photo must be at least 5” x 7” with a maximum of 8 inches x 10 inches, be framed & have a strong hanger. Photos may be black & white or color. Each photo must include name and address. If you are a 4-H member, please include the name of your club/clubs.


Theme “Farm Life”

Paintings, charcoal, or pencil drawings
Ages 5 – 8 may use crayons or markers. Needs to express theme.
Minimum size 8” x 10”, Maximum size 16” x 20”.
May use sketchpad, posterboard, or canvas.


Please use the following recipe for Banana Bread:

Preheat oven to 350°

1/3 Cup Softened butter or margarine

2/3 Cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Eggs

1 ¾ Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

1 Cup Ripe Mashed Bananas

In large mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar. Beat in vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder & salt; blend into batter alternately with bananas & lemon juice. Turn into 1 greased & floured loaf pan.

Bake in a 350° oven for 60 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan. Cool completely. Slice.

Submit 2 pieces. Submissions will not be returned. Entries judged by appearance, texture, flavor. Brochures with a listing of the days activities and contest information are available at the Franklin County Extension Office and at local businesses. Questions, call Judy Smith at the Extension Office, 778-4650. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

100th year of 4-H in Maine focus of Daily Bulldog post

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Daily Bulldog reported that State Senator Tom Saviello presented a legislative congratulations to 4-H representatives Lois King and Judy Smith of the Franklin County 4-H Club at a 100th year of 4-H in Maine celebration on Sunday, Nov. 24. 4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Smith Quoted in Sun Journal Article on 4-H Photo Display

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Judy Smith, community outreach assistant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Franklin County, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about a 4-H photo display at the Farmington Fair. Smith said the display is one of several ways 4-H leaders have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of 10 active clubs in Franklin County. She also said she hopes people will identify themselves or others in the photos.

Camp Celebrates 100 Years of 4-H in Maine, Daily Bulldog Reports

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Daily Bulldog reported on Franklin County 4-H Camp’s celebration of 100 years of 4-H in Maine. The 4-H program is part of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

Daily Bulldog Promotes 4-H Fair in Farmington

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Daily Bulldog reported the celebration of the 100th year of the 4-H program in Maine.  Special activities are planned during the Franklin County 4-H Fair on Saturday June 1, 2013 at the Farmington fairgrounds.  Activities begin at 9:30 am and continue throughout the day.  Brochures with daily schedule and contest information are available at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office at 138 Pleasant Street in Farmington.  For more information call Judy Smith at 778-4650.



2013 4-H Farm Tractor Safety Course

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Contact: Judy Smith, Community Education Assistant, at 207.778.4650

Classes will be held  Saturday Mornings , April 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 a.m. to  Noon. The driving test and written final exam will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Cost: $20.00

Pre-registration is required.

Location for All Class Sessions:  East Dixfield Fire Station, on Rt 2 in East Dixfield.

Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to identify hazards, and how to minimize the chances of accidents. The course is open to all adults and youth interested, but priority will be given to youth ages 14 to 16.  The course is required for 14 and 15 year olds who plan to operate farm equipment for hire on farms other than their own. A Federal Certificate of Training will be issued at the completion of the course after successful completion of the written test and driving course and with attendance requirements met.

Sponsored by: University of Maine Cooperative Extension and R.S Osgood & Sons of East Dixfield

For more information, to pre-register or to request a disability accommodation call the UMaine Extension Franklin County Office at 1.207.778.4650. You may also email Judy Smith, Community Education Assistant, at

Franklin County 4-H Camp

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

4-H is a program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

All youth ages 5-12 are invited to attend 4-H Camp which will be held June 25-28 each evening from 6-8pm at the Fairbanks School Meeting House.  The theme for the week is “Let’s Change the World”.  Participants will learn how they can make a difference in the world by starting in their own communities.  The Camp is made possible by volunteer members of the Franklin County 4-H Leaders Association.

There will be interactive educational activities, games, and refreshments each evening. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the 4-H program here in Franklin County.  For more information or if you would like to attend the Camp, please call Judy at the Franklin County Extension Office at 778-4650 or 1-800-287-1478 (in Maine).

Franklin County 4-H Fair

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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).

Article Cites Extension 4-H Steers Club Benevolence

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A Lewiston Sun Journal article about a Kingfield teen receiving an award for her service to area youth through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Franklin County Working Steers Club cited some of the benevolent activities the club engages in, such as making holiday cards for aging adults in nursing homes, stacking wood for seniors and raising funds for local projects, in addition to educating youth about raising and showing livestock.