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Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter – July/August 2013

Notify Pam or Cindy if you or your club has an event or that you wish to post, or just tell us what your club has been doing! We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well.

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

July 29  KLLA meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

August 2  Union Fair Animal entry forms due

August 2  Union Fair 4-H Club and Individual Exhibit entry forms due

August 2  Union Fair 4-H Club Exhibit sign-up deadline

August 6  Union Fair Cloverbud Demonstration sign-up deadline

August 9  Raffle Baskets due to Cooperative Extension office

August 12  Union Fair Clean-up & Informational Meeting

August 15  Exhibition yurt entries accepted at the yurt, 5-8pm

August 16  Exhibition yurt entries accepted at the yurt, 3-7pm

August 17-24  UNION FAIR

August 26  KLLA Meeting, 6pm at Union Fairgrounds

August 30  Newsletter articles due

September 13-29  Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, MA

September 25  Newsletter articles due

September 30  KLLA Meeting, 6pm

September 30  Project Records due at Cooperative Extension office

September 30  Photography Contest entries due

July Birthdays

Emma A., Madison A., Quinn B., Hazel C., Danika D., Braxton F., Amariah G., Rylee I., Morgaine K., Karli L., Elliott P., Alexis R., Kennedy S., Elizabeth S.

August Birthdays

David A., Linnea A., Rylee B., Grant B., Taylor B., Garrett C., Damon C., Taryn C., Cailey E., Tyler L., Makenzie N., Kyle S.

Union Fair Information/Forms Are Online!

The Union Fair Information Booklet with entry forms has posted on the Knox-Lincoln Extension website: Be aware that you will have to scroll down the page to find the article among other KL Extension news. If you are having trouble viewing or printing this booklet, contact the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Cooperative Extension office and we will mail you what you need. 207.832.0343, (in Maine) 1.800.244.2104,

Come to the Union Fairgrounds Clean-up Party

Help get the Fairgrounds ready for Union Fair 2013! If you can, bring rakes, shovels and cleaning supplies, although some will be available. A picnic dinner will be provided! Learn up-to-date Union Fair information. Monday, August 12 from 4-7pm.

Union Fair Passes

Each Knox-Lincoln 4-H member who is participating (showing or volunteering) at Union Fair is entitled to free entry to the fair on the days they are participating. In addition, one parent in each participating 4-H family may also receive a free pass so that they can accompany their child on those days. So that you receive the pass that you need, call or email this office by August 12 to let us know what days you will be showing and/or volunteering at the fair (, 207.832.0343). Fair passes will be distributed at the Fairgrounds Clean-up Party on August 12. After that date, you may pick up passes at the KL Extension office, or at the yurt when you bring in your project entries on Thursday, August 15, 5-8pm, or Friday, August 16, 3-7pm.

Union Fair Volunteers Needed

In order to provide secure coverage of the Exhibition Yurt, volunteers are needed to take 2-hour shifts. Also needed are volunteers to take a 4-hour shift at 4-H Farm-to-Fair. You will receive a fair pass for the days that you volunteer. Help us show the public how great our 4-H members and volunteers are! To put your name on the schedule, please call Pam Doherty at the KL Extension office at 207.832.0342, email

Breakfast Foods Requested for Yurt Judges

We are requesting donations of muffins, fruit and other breakfast foods to offer to our volunteer Exhibition Yurt judges on Saturday morning, August 17. If you can help, contact Cindy Rogers 207.832.0343,

Pre-sell Basket Raffle Tickets

This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will feature themed baskets filled with quality items donated or made by KL 4-H clubs. We have had a wonderful response from clubs and are looking forward to seeing those baskets come in! We ask that these items be new and high-quality or handmade by 4-H club members, with a total basket value of at least $50. Please bring your filled basket to the Cooperative Extension office by August 9.

Pre-sell raffle tickets! 4-H members and leaders are encouraged to sell raffle tickets before the fair. Tickets will be available at the KL Extension Office after July 30. Let’s raise some funds for KL 4-H!

Independent members: please contribute to a Gardening Basket, which will be located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office by August 9.

Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

Get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2013! Be sure to look back at photos you took in the winter and fall so that we have a variety of seasons and subjects represented.

Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member 4-H age 9 and up who brings one or more single photographs (not photo stories/collages) to be entered into the Exhibition Yurt at Union Fair will be asked if they wish to also be entered into the photography contest. Entries (whether entered in Union Fair or not) will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2013. For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0342 or

Plan a Union Fair Club Exhibit

Plan a club exhibit at Union Fair to show the public and other clubs what you have been doing this year! Following are some tips and guidelines to get you started. Reserve your club’s exhibit space by calling the Extension office by August 2. Judging will be on the Danish System, based on the following criteria:

1. Club/group name with town displayed prominently.

2. Exhibit theme (theme is chosen by the club): Does exhibit express a central idea and carry it out?

3. Exhibit title: creative, prominently placed with large lettering.

4. Lettering (quality and size), color and arrangement

5. 4-H scrapbook: may include photos of 4-H activities, club, goals, community service projects, 4-H family outings and each member should write/draw a life skill that they have learned in 4-H.

6. Size of articles on display: Are they large enough to be recognizable at a distance of six feet?

7. Degree to which the group exhibit involves the public (hands–on). Examples might be: small-scale maze, a game, a mystery box, a card game.

8. NEW this year: Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything!

The top three clubs will receive $35 premiums. Other participating clubs will receive $10 premiums. There will also be a People’s Choice ribbon awarded, as elected by the public.

Contact this office for information (including size restrictions) and to reserve your club exhibit space, 207.832.0343, Spaces will be available for Knox-Lincoln 4-H clubs on a first-come first-serve basis. Call early if electrical outlet is needed.

Cloverbud Demonstrations at Union Fair

Cloverbud members (4-H members aged 5-8 years) may participate in a non-competitive demonstration show during Union Fair. Cloverbuds may demonstrate one small animal (rabbit, dog, poultry, kid goat or non-market, lamb, piglet, or small calf) in this show with one-on-one supervision by an adult or older teen with at least three years experience maintaining primary control of the animal. Older 4-H members or adults will interview the younger children while they are demonstrating. Maybe you have a non-animal demonstration you would like to present. These are encouraged as well. All animal and non-animal demonstrations must be approved by 4-H staff prior to the fair. Sign up to participate by August 6. Animal demonstration participants must follow the same rules as apply to competitive livestock shows. Members who participate in a Cloverbud demonstration will receive a participant ribbon along with a $5.00 honorarium.

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine at Union Fair 2013

Remember that 2013 marks 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. Earn a special ribbon at Union Fair 2013 for your club exhibit or individual exhibit following a “Theme of 100”. This can be specifically 100 years of 4-H or 100 of anything! Use your imaginations and make plans! Fair information books and entry forms for club and individual exhibits will be available soon.

Nominations Sought for 4-H Character Awards

During the Union Fair, a few outstanding 4-Hers may be chosen to receive the 4-H Character Award. This honor may be awarded to a 4-Her who carries out his or her project and who treats other 4-H members, fair colleagues, spectators and their animals (when applicable) according to the six pillars of character:
Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Fairness and Citizenship.

Nominations for the 4-H Character Award, may be submitted to Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or Nomination cards will also be available at the Union Fair. Look for the 4-H Character Award Display in the 4-H Exhibition Yurt. All 2012-13 nominations must be received by September 30, 2013.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Web Posts

Maine 4-H Days – Another Great Year! –

Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine –

Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program –

2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants –

Beef Heifer Project –

Maine Fair Season Insurance –

Celebrating 100 Years in Maine with 100 4-H Geocaches! –

Get Ready for 4-H Maps & Apps –

The New England 4-H Dog Program Poster Contest –

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


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Cooperative Extension in Knox & Lincoln Counties
377 Manktown Road
Waldoboro, Maine 04572
Phone: 207.832.0343 or 1.800.244.2104 (in Maine)E-mail:
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