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4-H at the 2014 Skowhegan Fair

Friday, July 18th, 2014

extension4h logo[1] Skowhegan State Fair 2014 Somerset County 4-H would like to invite all 4-Her’s to participate in the 2014 Skowhegan State Fair. The Fair is open to the public from Thursday, August 7th, 2014 through Saturday, August 16th.

winning ribbons at fair

Will you or your friends be winning at the fair?

4-H  Livestock There are several different ways to participate. As a 4-H member you may enter any 4-H Livestock competition provided  you have a signed Animal Approval form from your county educator.

4-H belted Galloway shown

4-H belted Galloway shown

4-H Exhibit Hall 4-H Exhibit Hall Set Up Dates—Monday evening, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th 4-H Judging Date—Wednesday, August 6th.

4-H quilting exhibit, blue-green pinwheels

The Crafty’s win first prize in 2012

Any Maine 4-H club can request a booth in the 4-H Exhibit Hall for either a club display or for an educational booth (or for one of each). You as a club member or independent member may enter up to 10 different projects for ribbons and premiums in the club exhibit. Each booth is eligible to compete for the People’s Choice Award and the $80.00 prize that goes with it. All educational displays receive premiums for their displays.

  • People’s Choice

Last year over 7500 people toured the 4-H Exhibit Hall and had the opportunity to vote for their choice of the best exhibit. Adults and children both vote. One year the People’s Choice Award was decided by just two votes and the winner overwhelmingly captured the votes of the children. This information is designed to help you make a plan as you help design your club and educational booths. Here is the form for your club to exhibit at the fair: intent to exhibit Skowhegan 2014     Please call if you have any questions about your setup, 474-9622.

  • 4-H Parade/ Demonstrations 

    sierra horse demo

    4-Her demonstrating fitting of her horse

You may also participate in the 4-H Day Parade on Sunday 10th. You can walk as a club, or make a float, parade your livestock, ride your horse, or anything else. This is a fun time and everyone enjoys taking part. There might be music; and a float is a possibility the parade this year. We also have great livestock demonstrations that take place after the parade in the Barn Show Ring and we encourage you and your family to come and watch.

Tractors and horses in the parade

Tractors and horses in the parade

More information is available by contacting Gail Watson at or 474-9622.  Or go to the Skowhegan State Fair website: Come join us for fun and camaraderie!

UMaine Extension Offers Free Apple Tree Pruning Field Day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Pruning a fruit tree branchThe University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free apple tree pruning and grafting field day Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Avalon Acres Orchard & Farm, 234 Dexter Road, in Saint Albans.

Avalon Acres owner Mark Sheriff, an alumnus of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program, will host. He’ll present information about general planting and management practices for apple trees then demonstrate pruning and grafting in the orchard. Apple tree growers and people who plan to plant apple trees this spring are invited to attend.

Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendees should wear footwear appropriate for walking on uneven terrain. Rain date is Saturday, April 26. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Peter Bastien, 207.474.9622, 800.287.1945 (toll free in Maine).