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4-H News for Washington County – July 2013

Volume 8, Issue 7


Dates to Remember

July 18-21- Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds

July 22- 4-H Super Sitter Course- Machias

July 26-August 4- Bangor State Fair

August 27- Exhibit Check In at Blue Hill Fair

August 29-September 2- Blue Hill Fair

October 5- Perry Harvest Fair


Geospatial Science

Thanks to the loan of the Geospatial Science kit from the State 4-H office, June was a superb month to get outside in Washington County.  With 27 youth and 9 adults participating, representing 4 clubs and 2 independent members, numerous geocaches were found using GPS units.  Well, I should say most were found.  The East Coast Equestrians can vouch that despite great efforts, sometimes a geocache just cannot be found.  The Dennys River Manure Movers can teach us all that sometimes geocaches are not quite where we expect them to be, and that often there are obstacles in our way to getting to the coordinates.  All in all, geospatial science was a fun endeavor!

As part of the 100th year of 4-H in Maine birthday celebration, 4-Hers from all over Maine are trying to create 100 temporary geocaches for fellow members to try to find.  In June, two temporary geocaches were created right here in Washington County!  The 4-H Machines’ geocache will lead you very close to a cemetery, and the Quoddy Kids’ geocache will allow for a lovely walk, just so long as we haven’t just received many inches of rain, right kids?  Be watching your email, or ask your club leader, for the coordinates of these 4-H-created geocaches.  Remember to take a trinket to put in the geocache so you can take one out!
If you would like to learn more about the State 4-H kits available for loan, please visit the website.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.

Scenes from creating geocaches for the 100th year celebration.


Super Sitter Course
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program will offer a Super Sitter Babysitting Course on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Machias.  The course will take place from 9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. Cost for the program is $15 for 4-H members.  The course is open for boys and girls ages 12 and up.

The emphasis of the course is on the physical safety and security of the child but points out equally important needs such as friendship, companionship, understanding and patience.  Students will learn about children of different ages, how to relate to them, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that often accompany childcare. Participants will receive training in basic first aid and how to respond in an emergency situation.

Registration is required.  Please register by calling the University of Maine Cooperative Extension at 1-800-287-1542 or by emailing


4-H June Jamboree
A total of eighty-eight people attended Jamboree 2013 at the Blue Hill Fair grounds on June 7 through 9. Although rain dampened the sky the spirit of all there was beaming. Many new friendships were created and all agree it was a huge success. Please watch for photos in the August edition.


Maine 4-H Days
Looking for a fun family activity, join us for Maine 4-H Days at the Windsor Fairgrounds on July 19, 20 and 21. Workshops include Archery, Crime Scene, Make Ahead Cake Decorations, Needle a Felt Dryer Ball and Preparing Your Kid for the Show Ring to name a few. Please visit the website for more information.


Happy 100th Birthday, Maine 4-H!

2013 4-H Club & School Exhibits for the Blue Hill & Perry Harvest Fairs

We challenge every 4-H club and school group to find time this summer to put together their 4-H Club Exhibit with the theme:

“Celebrating 4-H – 100 Years of 4-H in Maine.”

This year marks the 100th year of 4-H in Maine, so we are hoping for full participation from our clubs to really show the public how diverse and wonderful 4-H is in Washington and Hancock Counties and beyond. This is also a great chance for your group to share about your experience of 4-H, or gather information from your community about its history of 4-H, so bring your imagination and teamwork to the table and go for it!

For those of us new to the idea of club exhibits, these exhibits will follow the exact same format as that for club exhibits for the Blue Hill and Perry Harvest Fairs – in fact, they can be submitted for judging for both fairs… just as they are, or with improvements from one to the next. Often these exhibits are made using tri-fold poster board with or without additional props (photo books, tools, projects) and even can be 3-D. Just be sure your group follows the parameters for creating your display:

*Must not exceed 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide

*Must be able to stand alone

As you start your planning and brainstorming for your exhibit, think about the following elements of judging:

*Does the exhibit express one idea?

*Is it creative and imaginative?

*Is the title creative and catchy? Is it prominently placed?

*Is the lettering neat and of an appropriate size?

*Has the use of color and placement been considered?

*Can it be recognized (clearly seen) at a distance of 6 feet?

Nearing the time of the fairs, please consult the guidelines in the premium book of the Blue Hill Fair and the newsletter for the Perry Harvest Fair, to check for all exhibit requirement and submission time frames. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Nicole Willey in the Machias office, 255-3345.

Have fun! This is a great opportunity to celebrate our 100th birthday, enjoy 4-H in your clubs and communities, and maybe even be awarded some fair premiums for your exhibits. We can’t wait to see what you all come up with!


Downeast School News


Grade 4 did it! Three students from 4th grade were the teachers for the morning — with 1st grade teacher Mrs. Beal, Ms. Lisa and Ms. Taylor from Food Corp as their trusty assistants — as they helped the 1st grade class learn about vermiculture and how worms, with the right care, can turn every day food scraps and newspaper into nutritious soil fro the garden. The 1st graders made their own garden journals to take home for the summer and started it off by recording al their observations from their “worm school” morning, including the parts of the worm and what they saw, felt and smelled while they did a hands-on exploration of the schools worm bins. Maybe next year these rising 2nd graders will be making a class worm bin of their own!



Another school year was closed out on the first weekend of June with a great display of all the classwork done over the year – from handworks projects, wood working projects, bibliography and public speaking work and much, much more. Along with the display, the Morning Song Players presented their school play for the year, “Wind in the Willows”. With 14 in the cast and crew from ages 7 to 16, featuring 4-H members from Morning Song and Ella Lewis School, families and community — about 140 in all over two nights – were treated to a very broad and comical rendition of this great classic — complete with the Wild Wood gangsters and bunny ears and campfire songs and the Dabbling Ducks. Thank you Morning Song Players for all your hard work. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!


Scenes from the Morning School play

Scenes from the Morning School play

Scenes from the Morning School play Scenes from the Morning School play



A big thank you goes out to Trenton Elementary School for their fabulous 4-H School Group exhibit. This exhibit was put together by the Trenton Afterschool program students and features some of the great work done with 4-H that you have been reading about all year long. The Trenton exhibit was judged at Jamboree and on display for all to see during lunch. Look for this display at the Blue Hill Fair Exhibit Hall – way to go!



By Christy Fitzpatrick, Aroostook County Extension Educator

Fair time will be here before we know it It’s time to start getting ourselves and our animals ready to go!

Am I ready for Fair?

Have I thought about how I will use my Fair experience in the future? Am I responsible, respectful, trustworthy, fair, caring, and a good citizen?

  • How will I make sure that my animals are well taken care of during fair?
  • How will I support other 4-H members?
  • How can I show respect to 4-H volunteers, judges, fair staff and the public?
  • What can I do to make the fair the best experience possible for everyone 

Are my Exhibits ready for Fair?

  • Is my project going to represent my best effort and my ongoing project work?
  • Have I read the requirements for the exhibit carefully?
  • Have I prepared a life skills wheel and an Exhibit Judging card ready for each exhibit?
  • How is my project record for my exhibits coming along?

Are my animals ready for Fair?

  • Am I doing everything necessary to make sure my animals will have a safe and 
stress free fair?
  • Have all my animals that need an approved rabies vaccine, received it?
  • Have I checked with my vet to see what other vaccinations my animals might need?
  • Am I working with my animal EVERY day to make sure it is ready to be shown?
  • Are my forms all collected in a notebook including my animal approval and lease 
forms, vaccination and other immunization forms and registration papers?

Here are some more tips to help get your animals ready for fair….

  • Start preparing animals 30-60 days before fair. Get them used to as many fair conditions as possible including noise, being tied or confined, being with other animals, being around strangers. Start them on the same feeding schedule they will be on at the fair.
  • To make sure animals drink enough during fair, add a little molasses or a few drops of lemon juice to their drinking water to cover up the taste about 2 weeks before fair. Then add it to the water at the fair.
  • If hooves need to be trimmed, do this 2-3 weeks before fair so they will have time to toughen.
  • If you are raising a market animal, make sure that you are aware of withdrawal times for anything you put into or on your animal. Make sure you have accurate records. Remember that your animal will be processed either during or after fair and that you are responsible for insuring that your buyer has a safe product!
  • Make sure the trailer you are using is clean and disinfected.



Fair season is upon us and 4-H members are busy getting their projects, demonstrations and animals ready for exhibit. Making high quality exhibits or preparing a demonstration or an animal for showing takes a lot of time and patience. But also remember that you will be showing something else at the fair, your character.

One of the main reasons we go to fairs is to teach other people about the 4-H program. Learning about and using good character is one of the most important parts of the 4-H program, so all 4-H members are expected to “exhibit” the six pillars of character!

∗  Before you get to the fair, think about how you are going to prepare to exhibit yourself as a person of good character!

∗  A person who exhibits good character is trustworthy. Having your own animals for show, being where you say you’re going to be, returning what you borrow, and making sure that your market animals meet food safety standards are all ways you can show trustworthiness.

∗  A person of character is responsible. His or her animals have fresh water, food, and a clean space. Responsible 4-H members do not allow anyone to bother any animal for any reason, even as a joke. Responsible members make sure that their animals are under control and keep the public’s safety foremost in their minds.

∗  4-H members of good character are respectful. They treat all other 4-H members, volunteers and parents politely. They answer questions respectfully even when they have heard the question 100 times already. Respectful behavior means treating judges and other fair officials courteously, accepting judges’ decisions gracefully, congratulating members who win classes, and managing to stay calm and positive when things don’t go their way.

∗  Fairness and caring should also be shown by 4-H members. Fairness requires that members do their own work and never submit anything as theirs that was not done by them. Fairness means following the rules and treating all fellow competitors as you want them to treat you. 4-H members show caring by sharing their knowledge and equipment with younger members. They do not engage in rough behavior where someone could get hurt. They do not pull pranks on other members of their exhibits.

∗  Finally, 4-H exhibitors show that they are good citizens. They are in their area when they are supposed to be there and help keep it neat and attractive. They are on time for shows and events, and they follow the 4-H rules of the fair.

∗  Every member should make sure what you “show” of yourself is blue ribbon quality!


State 4-H News

1. Registration Now for Maine 4-H Days! – Maine 4-H Days will take place July 18 – 21, 2013 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials will be available online in May. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event. Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 500 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2013. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/ registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more. We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, ATV Certification, Modular Origami, Shades of Creativity, Blacksmithing, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Decorating a 4-H Birthday Cake, Milk Science, Duct Tape Projects, Exploration of an Owl’s Diet, and so much more! The State 4-H Dairy Show will also be held during 4-H Days. All of the workshops, and their descriptions, will be posted on the Maine 4-H Days web page.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 581-3877.


2. Celebrating 100 Years of 4-H in Maine - 2013 marks the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine, and we want YOU to celebrate with us!

Check with your local county office to find activities in your neck of the wood, and plan on coming to the party at Maine 4-H Days this year; there will be cake, ice cream, a chance to look back on all that we’ve accomplished, as well as a chance to look forward and see what’s in the works!

Please check out our special Celebrating 100 Years website .  We are also encouraging all of you to consider giving financially to the 4-H Foundation as we work to raise $100,000 in 2013 to support the 4-H program.

Happy 100 years Maine 4-H, and here’s to many more!


3. Eastern States Exposition, New England Center Program – Calling all 4-H youth, ages 11 and up, along with volunteers who have an interest in showcasing the many interests and talents of Maine 4-H… we want you! Join the group of dedicated performers and demonstrators as we share our love for 4-H with the fairgoers at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, the 3rd weekend in September. It’s an experience you will not soon forget.

Maine 4-H participates with displays and demonstrations in the New England Center, which also houses creative arts competitions, and daily stage performances. Working in teams of two at stations called “pods”, youth demonstrating 4-H projects this year will be focused on Robotics and Engineering. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in stage performances, which consist of planned presentations using costumes and other props, as needed. All projects and demonstrations will be centered on a science theme. Please call the UMaine Cooperative Extension Office in Oxford County at 743-6329 or 800-287-1482 (in Maine) for specific details and for the team application. Space is limited, and will be filled on a first- come, first served basis. Sign up now as a small group with other teens. Students will stay in the dorm; meals and transportation will be provided. 4-Hers participating in the New England Center Program are eligible to apply for the Morris Scholarship.


4. 2013 Morris Scholarship for Eastern States Participants – This is the year that Maine has the opportunity to select an Eastern States Exposition participant to receive a $500 scholarship towards continuing his or her education beyond high school. Application deadline is August 5. To find if you qualify and for information on how to apply for this scholarship, look online or inquire at your local County Extension Office.


5. Beef Heifer Project – The New England Galloway Group is announcing their annual Heifer Project, which places a Belted Galloway heifer calf with a deserving youth recipient to allow for a hands-on education in beef cattle rearing and showmanship and to develop a love of the breed. The youth selected to receive a heifer is expected to return the first heifer calf back to the program so it will continue each year. If you are interested in applying for this program, you can download the application; the application deadline is December 31, 2013.


 6. Maine Fair Season Insurance – Maine fair season will soon be upon us! Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs. Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event
(ex. parents or volunteers).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies. Please check your specific fair to see what they accept. Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance. Below is the information for the MALE insurance.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30. A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs. Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state. Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered: equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeple chase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities. More information is available at the website.


7. Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center Summer Camps - Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville, and Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Tenants Harbor still have openings for summer camp programs at both sites. Maine 4-H members are eligible for a $100 discount on residential camp tuition. Come join us for fun and adventure in the woods, waters, and shores! For more information or call Patti Chapman at 207-789-5868. See you there!


8. Saanen Goat Kids Available – A community member would like to place 3 or 4 Saanen kids with a 4-Her in Maine. These Saanens all have the Sable gene, though they are white. Please contact Michaele Bailey at or at 207-581-3872 if you would like more information.


9. State 4-H Dairy Program Dates – Please hold the following dates for your participation in the State 4-H Dairy Programs:- Intent to Participate Form due May 1, 2013 for 4-H Dairy Team to Eastern States. – Fitting Competition – July 20, 5:00 pm at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
- Maine State 4-H Dairy Show – July 21, 9:00 am at the Windsor Fairgrounds.
The Dairy Packet is available on the 4-H Dairy web page.

Forms are on the 4-H Dairy web page.


Cooking With the Kids

Berry White Ice Pops

Ingredients- 1-3/4 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened mixed berries, thawed and drained
10 freezer pop molds or 10 paper cups (3 ounces each) and wooden pop sticks

Directions- In a small bowl, whisk the milk, honey and vanilla. Evenly divide berries among Popsicle molds or cups. Pour milk mixture over berries. Top molds with holders or insert wooden sticks into cups. Freeze. Yield: 10 pops.



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