Posts Tagged ‘4-H’

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.

Annual Franklin County 4-H Open Air Market

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The annual UMaine Cooperative Extension, Franklin County 4-H Open Air Market, will be taking place on Saturday, August 27th from 10am to 2pm at the Tractor Supply store on Rts 2 and 4 the Wilton Road in Farmington.  4-H members from Franklin County will be selling a variety of items from home baked goods to crafts and garden produce.  All items sold are made or produced by the 4-H members themselves. It provides an opportunity for 4-Hers to learn skills about entrepreneurship and earning money .  The public is welcome to drop by the Market, talk with the 4-H members, and perhaps make a purchase.

For more information you can contact the Extension Office at 207-778-4650 or email Judy Smith, Franklin County 4-H Aide, at

Franklin County 4-H Auction Fundraiser

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The Franklin County 4-H Leaders Association will be holding their annual Auction Fundraiser on Saturday evening, June 11th at 7pm, in the Starbird Building at the Farmington fairgrounds. 

Some great items from local businesses, as well as individuals, have been donated!  The public is welcome to come to the fairgrounds at 6pm and view the items.  Then prepare to have some fun as the bidding begins at 7pm.

Proceeds from the auction will be used to provide activities, awards, and scholarships for Franklin County 4-H members. 

For more information, or if you have questions, please call Judy at the Extension Office at 778-4650 or 1-800-287-1478 (in Maine).