Upcoming Events and Important Dates
May 16-18 Northeast Livestock Exposition, Windsor Fairgrounds
May 16-17 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids to Campus, University of Maine, Orono
May 19 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
May 31 (rain day June 1) Community Service Day and Cookout at Union Fairgrounds
May 31-June 1 Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor Fairgrounds
June 20-22 Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds…REGISTER NOW!
June 23 KLLA Meeting, 6pm
June 30 Animal Approval Forms due…NO EXCEPTIONS
Happy birthday to Elly Baubonis, Arianna Cloutier, Anthony Dube, Aspen Dyer, Paytyn Dyer, Kaleb Flynn, Margaret Gleasner, Gabriel Seaman, Giacomo Smith, Emma Soule, John Strout!
All Hands on Deck for Community Service Day!
Did you know that the Union Fair is not the only event that happens at Union Fairgrounds? At this time of year, Union Fair volunteers are getting the grounds ready for the wide variety of events and activities that occur there throughout the summer and fall. After a long winter, there are many projects, big and small, that need to be done to keep the grounds looking their best. This is an opportunity for Knox-Lincoln 4-H to show our appreciation to The Union Fair for their support of our program.
On May 31 (rain date June 1), 9:00 am to noon (followed by lunch), we hope to get as many 4-H members and adults as we can at the Union Fairgrounds for a Community Service Day. Tasks that need to be done include fence painting, sweeping of barn areas, removing staples from barn walls and other age-appropriate jobs. Barbecue lunch will be provided by Union Fair Board members and there will be a scavenger hunt for cash prizes!
Please sign up by calling or emailing this office by May 23 if you can come and participate. As always, your help is greatly appreciated!
Club Posters Requested
Several years ago clubs and independents from Knox-Lincoln 4-H created photo posters representing their club activities or independent projects. These were hung in the restaurant dining hall at Union Fair and were greatly admired by restaurant staff and patrons. We would like to revive this practice with new posters from our clubs and independents! Show everyone what your clubs is about! Attach photos securely as you would for a yurt entry and make your lettering large and clear. Just a standard poster board is easiest to hang on the latticework in the restaurant, no tri-folds or foam board please. You can bring your poster to the office any time before the fair or to the yurt when you bring your project entries. Thanks!
Can Your Club Adopt a Barn for 4-H Farm-to-Fair?
Believe it or not, planning for Union Fair has begun! The 4-H Farm-to-Fair barns were packed with their display materials for the winter and it is time to make sure that each of them is ready for Union Fair 2014.We are once again asking clubs to consider “adopting” one of the barns to make sure it is clean, in good repair and stocked with everything needed for fair time. This will require checking the barn in spring or early summer to inventory its contents, allowing time to make repairs or order supplies needed before the fair. (the cost of supplies can be covered by KLLA). Then on 4-H Fair Prep Day on August 11, your club will set up the display as it will be for fair week. You can even check on the barn once or twice during fair week to make sure everything is in order.
If your club would like to adopt a 4-H Farm-to-Fair barn, contact Cindy Rogers 207.832.0343, email@example.com.
Youth Steer and Lamb Auction at Union Fair
A new youth show and auction for market steer and lamb projects is coming to the Union Fair! The show will be on August 17th at 4pm. Prior to the sale there will be a Buyer’s Reception, August 19th at 6pm and the actual auction will be August 19th at 7pm. If you are interested in participating you can contact Heidi Baker at 207-975-4415 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org . The event organizers are hoping to have intent forms in by May 1st, but are flexible as this is a new program. Some exciting pieces that are coming together include: restaurant sponsorships and a buyer program, marketing and show clinic at Aldermere Farm for all participants, summer long marketing at all the local Farmers’ Markets, logo contest, and direct youth support from Aldermere Interns throughout the summer! This auction is not affiliated with the 4-H program.
Start Your Project Records Now
You will have a much neater, more accurate record if you start now, not at the last minute! Does your club want help getting started with Project Records? If you would like to have Cindy visit one of your club meetings to help, or if you just want to ask a question, contact her at email@example.com, 207.832.0343.
4-H Accident Insurance Payments Requested
The Knox-Lincoln Leaders’ Association has voted to pay the cost of accident insurance in 2014 for all enrolled Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and leaders, covering them at 4-H events and meeting activities for the year. We are asking clubs and individual members who are able to reimburse the cost of this insurance (which is $1 per member or leader, $2 for each horse project member or leader) back to KLLA. We thank you for your assistance.
Do You Have News? Send It Here!
We have noticed that clubs and members no longer send us news about what they or their clubs are doing in 4-H. We really want to hear from you! A great way to do this is to choose a club reporter who regularly writes a short paragraph; just a sentence or two is fine, about what the club did at their meeting. We welcome your photos, artwork and creative writing as well. We can publish those here or on our Facebook page. Send news items to Cindy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter Posts
- Register Starting May 1st for Maine 4-H Days – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/register-starting-may-1st-for-maine-4-h-days/
- VOLT Trained Volunteers Needed for 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/volt-trained-volunteers-needed-for-4-humaine-connecting-kids-with-college/
- Save the Date for Positive Youth Development Conference – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/save-the-date-for-positive-youth-development-conference-presentations-needed/
- Come to Camp this Summer – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/come-to-camp-this-summer/
- Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/intent-forms-for-eastern-states-exposition/
- 2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/01/22/2014-eastern-states-horse-tryouts/
- 2014 Horse Judging Clinic – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/02/25/2014-horse-judging-clinic/
- Maine 4-H Horse Team Communications Tryouts – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/03/24/maine-4-h-horse-team-communications-tryouts/
- 4-H Dairy Judging Results – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/4-h-dairy-judging-results/
- State 4-H Dairy Show – http://umaine.edu/4h/2013/12/30/upcoming-4-h-dairy-events/
- 4-H Animal Science Research Project – http://umaine.edu/4h/2014/04/23/4-h-animal-science-research-project/