Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show Open to All Maine 4-H Dog Project Members

August 29th, 2018 8:32 AM
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The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held on Friday, September 28, 3:30 P.Mat the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Rd, Cumberland, ME 04062. This show is open to all Maine 4-H members between the ages of 9 and 18, enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project as of April 1st, regardless of prior show experience. Showmanship (Novice through Advanced) and Obedience (Pre-Novice though Graduate Novice) are the primary award winning classes. There will also be a fun, non-competitive obstacle class. All classes are judged using the Danish System and all award winning classes come with a ribbon and premium. FMI or to register visit Questions, please contact Sara Conant,, 207-781-6099.

4-H Volunteers!  We’d love your feedback on Project Records!

August 29th, 2018 8:30 AM
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You are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study. You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this focus group.

Purpose of this research project:  We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers.  As a state we are rolling out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records.

What will you be asked to do?  There will bee eight focus groups to choose from. These focus groups will occur using Zoom, a video conference software so you can join the session from your personal computer or by phone.  Up to 12 volunteers can participate in each session. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to participate in an online focus group with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine.  The focus group will take you approximately 45-60 minutes.

Compensation: By participating in the focus group you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Hannaford Gift Card.  Upon completion, focus group participants will be given access to a link to a form where you will enter the drawing.

To Register:

Fryeburg Fair Challenge

August 29th, 2018 8:29 AM
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Fryeburg Fair will be from September 30th to October 7th this year. The Maine 4-H Foundation will have a booth once again on the fairgrounds designed to raise funds for 4-H agriculture education. If the Foundation can raise $10,000, the Maine 4-H Foundation will receive another matching grant from Fryeburg Fair for $10,000!  This is where volunteers and 4-H Members can help.  We can use volunteers and clubs in the booth and around the booth helping to raise funds.

If you are willing to help, please call Susan at 615-7300 for details.

4-H National Youth Science Day in Maine

August 29th, 2018 8:28 AM
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This year’s NYSD experiment is “Code Your World” and is based in computer science. No prior experience with computer science is needed – we promise!  Here are some things you may be interested to know. Want to learn more about leading “Code Your World” with your 4-H club or at a community event? Join us for a train the-trainer workshop, offered via Zoom, on September 26th.  Times are either 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30.  This training is open to staff, volunteers, teen leaders, and community partners interested in leading the ‘Code Your World’ experiment.   RSVP here. If you are interested in being kept up to date as more trainings/events are scheduled, sign up here and we will include you on our contact list.

Thank you, Summer of Science Interns!

August 14th, 2018 9:23 AM
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A big thank you to the Summer of Science Interns for all of your work this summer. It is hard to believe summer is almost over!

Summer of Science interns holding 4-H science banner

2018 Summer of Science Interns.

The Summer of Science interns visited forty sites across Androscoggin and Cumberland counties to bring Discovering Your Inner Engineer to hundreds of kids.

This summer, interns also mentored teen leaders in delivering programming.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and have a great year at school!

SOS 2018 partners visual

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address:

Eastern States Bus Trip, Saturday, September 15, 2018

July 31st, 2018 8:31 AM
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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 15, 2018.

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 both 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 – chaperones must be the parent or legal guardian of the 4-H member, or an enrolled VOLT trained volunteer.  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 a rest stop 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 are not 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

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 1st (call after this date to check on seat availability).  A confirmation email will be sent to you a week before the trip giving you your time and pick up location.  Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, and both buses will be leaving The Big E at 7:00 pm.

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.

Summer of Science

July 9th, 2018 4:01 PM
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This summer, Community Central Teen Leaders are joining teen leaders and interns across the state to teach the UMaine EPSCOR Summer of Science program.

Young man on right demonstrating activity to young woman sitting on left.

Aisha (teen leader) and Ethan (intern) working on ‘Will It Fly?’ at the teen leader Summer of Science training.

The Summer of Science program consists of science sessions taught weekly at over 40 sites for six weeks. This year’s theme is Find Your Inner Engineer.

Four young women at table practicing science activity

Teen leaders learning one of the activities from Angel (intern) before teaching the activity to the other teen leaders.

Youth participants across the state will help interns and teen leaders solve engineering problems as they think about how we could get materials to an island to build a clubhouse. Stay tuned to see what our young scientists learn and create!

SOS 2018 partners visual

You can follow Community Central on our Facebook page and find out more about the program on our website.

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address:

The Big E New England Center Demonstration Team

June 28th, 2018 2:24 PM
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Maine 4-H is going to The Big E! Sign up now to join the New England Center Demonstration Team. Travel dates are September 22nd, 23rd and 24th. A $25.00 registration fee includes travel by coach bus to and from The Big E, meals and two nights lodging in the Moses Dormitory on the fairgrounds. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Youth will work in teams demonstrating STEM activities and 4-H projects. Join our group now and help show fair goers what Maine 4-H is all about!

Top finishers in the Maine 4-H Public Speaking Tournament who earned a spot on the Maine 4-H Communications Team will be traveling with us and presenting from the New England Center Stage.

Participants will need money to purchase meals on the bus ride down and back along with any spending money you wish to bring for your stay at the fair. There is a lot to do and see at The Big E Fair that is free of cost!

Open to youth ages twelve and older. Register and pay online before August 1st at

Contact Becky at or 207-743-6329 for more information. For questions pertaining to the Maine Communication Team please contact trained and enrolled volunteers who are interested in chaperoning should contact Becky Mosley.

Seeking donations to cover the cost of team jackets for the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Science Team

June 19th, 2018 8:27 AM
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4-Her gives a public speaking demonstrationYour donation will make an incredible difference to our Maine 4-H public speaking program. Please help.

Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communication Science Team members are raising funds for team jackets and the statewide educational program. The team jackets will be worn by our members as they represent Maine at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, MA, from September 22 to 24. I hope you have been able to see our 4-H members as they present their demonstrations and illustrated talks at state and county tournaments.

We were very excited that we had a record number of participants in the 2018 State Public Speaking Tournament. The ten top presenters at the state competition who are age 12 or older have been invited to participate on the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communication Science Team, and will present a variety of demonstrations, illustrated talks, audience participation activities, and readers’ theater presentations on the stage at the New England Center throughout their time at the fair.

Public speaking is a very important life skill. Many 4-H alumni say that public speaking is the most important skill they have taken from their 4-H experience into adulthood.

Our goal is $450 this year to cover the cost of team jackets. Every donation counts and our 4-H members certainly appreciate your generosity. 100% of your donation will go directly to the Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Science Team.

Please consider giving today and investing in our youth through the public speaking program for tomorrow.

Donations can be mailed to:

The Maine 4-H Foundation
York Complex #1
Orono, Maine 04469

Memo: Eastern States Exposition 4-H Communications Team

Maine 4-H Days

May 21st, 2018 1:50 PM
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UMaine student hugging a cowJuly 20 – 22, 2018
Windsor Fairgrounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg, Maine

Find information and registration materials on our website. Registration opens on June 1st. For more information or questions, please contact Sarah Sparks at or 207.353.5550. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the required forms.