Volume 9, Issue 8
Dates to Remember
August 4-August 20 (Mondays and Wednesdays)- 9-11 a.m.- 4-H Entomology SPIN Club for ages 8-10 in Machias $10 per youth / space limit of 10- Youth will enjoy the great outdoors and learn about many types of insects. Please call the office at 255-3345 for more information.
August 12, 19 & 26- Videography 4-H Club for ages 9 to 18, 4-6 p.m. $5 per youth- Youth will learn how to film, edit and broadcast a video.
August 26 – 3:00 – 7:00 pm – Exhibits are to be checked into the Exhibit Hall at the BHF
August 28 – September 1 – Blue Hill Fair – Blue Hill Fairgrounds
September 1 – Labor Day – Extension Office Closed
September 1 – 6:00 pm – Exhibits are to be picked up at Exhibit Hall at the Blue Hill Fair
Dennys River Manure Movers Commence the 2014 Program Year
The Dennys River Manure Movers meet in the summertime, thus their program year began in June. They are off to a busy start learning horse care at meetings, attending the horse races in Bangor, and their youth winning at the state championship show in Pembroke.
Downeast Lock & Load at the Calais Rod & Gun Club
Five youth from the Downeast Lock & Load 4-H Shooting Sports club traveled to Calais to participate in their first .22 rifle shooting competition. Jordan L. was recognized for his marksmanship, and Nicolas W. came in first in the youth division of the .22 shoot. Congratulations to all of the 4-H members, their parents and the volunteers who represented us well!
Horse Power Participates in Cherryfield Days
Members of the Horse Power 4-H Club participate in the parade held during Cherryfield Days.
Videography 4-H Club
Please welcome our newest enrolled volunteer, Ken Varian! Ken will be leading a 4-H videography club for youth ages 9-18, on Tuesdays, Aug. 12, 19, and 26, 4-6 p.m. at the UMaine Extension office, in Machias. 4-Hers will learn videography tips and techniques, practice filming at the Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield, and learn how to edit and broadcast a video. Pre-registration is required with a $5 fee. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.255.3345, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget, now is the time to get your application in to the Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors. Membership in this organization covers families with liability insurance. This insurance is a requirement at all fairs in the state of Maine. You can now renew or join on line at: http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/ membership.html Doing it on-line means getting your membership cards quicker, but don’t delay. You must show proof of this membership before you will be able to show.
We hope you are getting your projects ready for the Exhibit Hall. The theme this year is “WOW! 4-H Does That?” The exhibit cards are in the office now. Blue Hill Fair books will not be at the Extension Office. The fair book is on-line including entry blanks at: www.bluehillfair.com. If you do not have internet and need assistance, please call the office.
Blue Hill Fair & Perry Harvest Fair Reminder to all clubs and individual members
The theme of this year’s 4-H exhibits for both fairs is “WOW! 4-H does that!” Please get all exhibits to the county office before August 15th for the Blue Hill Fair. Exhibit cards need to be filled out by the youth before submitting, so please request yours today from the county office. Mark your calendars for the Perry Harvest Fair, October 4, 2014! Exhibits may be submitted to both fairs.
Good showmanship improves the look of your animal while letting you exhibit your skills in front of a crowd. Many things can make you stand out in a showmanship class. Whether you are showing beef, sheep, Alpacas, or other livestock, here are some good tips:
• Wear a nice button down shirt with khaki pants in a show ring (unless otherwise instructed).
• Upon entering the ring, walk forward in a clockwise direction on the left side of the animal.
• When turning your animal, always try to turn to your right (into the animal). If you go left, your animal might step on you.
• Keep adequate space (3-4 feet) between your animal and others. • Always keep your eye on the judge. You don’t want to miss his or her instructions.
• Once you are stopped and have the halter or lead in the correct hand, you need to make sure the animal is set up properly to show the animal’s best qualities. The legs need to be square under the animal’s body, and the back line is straight. Train your animal to stand still like this for at least five minutes at a time.
• When an animal is set, you can both relax a bit. A slow pace is desired to keep the animal calm.
• Always be courteous to others in the show ring. Never block other exhibitors from the judge’s view.
• When a problem arises in the ring, calmly wait for a ring helper.
Club and Independent Members News
We want to hear from you! We want to let everyone know what is going on with your 4-H projects and 4-Hers. Send photos and reports to Nicole at email@example.com by the 20th of each month so we can be sure to share your news with all our Washington County 4-Hers. If there is not space enough, it will be in the following newsletter.
Cooking with the Kids
A pickling delight
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons canning or pickling salt
2 teaspoons dill seed
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 pound green beans, washed and ends trimmed
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1. Combine vinegar, water, salt, dill seeds and crushed red pepper flakes in a pot. Bring to a boil.
2. Add green beans and garlic to quart jar or large container with a lid. Pour hot vinegar mixture over beans. Cover and refrigerate.
3. Keep refrigerated and use within two weeks Makes 8 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Quick and Easy Eat Well Recipe
4-H News from the State
1. Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014
The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live. Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections: (http://www.tscand4h.com/4h_site/fund.php) page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes (http://www.tscand4h.com/4h_site/participation.php) during the semi-annual events.
2. Maine Fair Season Insurance
Maine fair season is almost here. 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 (e.g. 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. 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, steeplechase, 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: http://www.mainelivestockexhibitors.org/index.html.
3. Eastern States Bus Trip, September 27, 2014
It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014. This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future. Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will stop at several points on I-95. Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately. All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child. The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm. It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade. Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket. There will be rest stops along the way. Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch. If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics. Please include your cell phone number when you register. Please leave valuable items at home. We will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders. Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd, 103B Libby Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5741 or firstname.lastname@example.org When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone and cell phone number of each person in your group. Reservations are due by Friday, September 5, 2014 (call after this date to check on seat availability). A confirmation letter will be sent to you two weeks before the trip giving you the time and pick up location. Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, but the return trip will be staggered. One bus will leave right af- ter the parade; the second bus will leave after the evening events. So when you register, let us know if you’d like to return on the early or late bus (we will try to assign you to your preferred bus, however, there are a limited number of seats on each). Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors. Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop. If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up. If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.