July 2023: Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Counties 4-H Newsletter

Androscoggin-Sagadahoc County 4-H News

Table of contents:

Dates to Remember

  • July 21-22, 2023: Maine 4-H Days
  • July 31, 2023: Registration for YOUth Have a Voice closes
  • August 4, 2023, 4:00 P.M.: Topsham Fair Horse show registration closes
  • August 6, 2023: Topsham Fair Horse Show

Club News

Midcoast Mainers

The Midcoast Mainers got together for our June meeting. We got to tie dye t-shirts for the Moxie Day Parade! I love tie dying. It was so fun, some people did 1 shirt and some people did 6 shirts. We got to mix the colors, and use the rubber bands to tie them up. After we dyed them we took them home and had to wait a day. We rinsed them out and they were so cool to look at. My mom and my sisters and mine had a spiral in the middle! We used all different colors like purple and green. We had to do it outside because it’s really messy! We will be in the parade on July 8, come see us walk and we have horses too! After tie dying we got to walk with a member of Sabattus Public Works, he showed us how to mark the water basins. We got to spray paint on the road! August 13 we will do our public speaking presentation and two people practiced while we met outside. It was about the life cycle of the butterfly called the Painted Lady. It was a fun day and it was sunny!

By Bailey S. Midcoast Mainers 4-H

2023 Topsham Fair 4-H Horse Show

SHOW DATE: Sunday, August 6 at 8:15 A.M. at the Topsham Fairgrounds Horse Arena
7:00 AM Registration Begins, 8 A.M. Presentation of Colors
The Topsham Fair 4H Horse Show is a combined show with the Maine Trail Riders Association Annual MTRA Horse Show. This registration form is for the 4H/MTRA Combined Classes. For these classes, active 4-H youth will not need to pay a class fee and will be rewarded with fair premiums for each class. There is a combination of judged and timed events. 4-H youth who are interested in competing in open MTRA classes are responsible for submitting class registration and fees directly to the MTRA.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER is August 4 @ 4:00 P.M.! Register using our Google form.

Judge: Courtney Wheeler
Show Manager: Sandy Craig
Facebook Event Page

4-H at Portland Sea Dogs

And/Sag 4-H members recently attended a Sea Dogs Baseball game sponsored by Dunkin’.  Each person received a goodie bag from Dunkin’, a free pass into the game, and a photo in the dugout.
4-H members and leaders posing in the Portland Seadogs dugout, holding a banner reading "Dunkin' Dugout"

State 4-H News

Maine 4-H Days is Back!

Maine 4-H Days is back in 2023! You are invited to join Maine 4-H for a fun filled day of workshops on Saturday July 22! We will kick off the weekend with evening activities on Friday, July 21 and have camping available for those who wish to stay overnight! Workshop space is limited, so register soon to secure your spot.  For a complete schedule or to register for the event please visit the Maine 4-H Days website. To request a reasonable accommodation please contact the Kennebec County Cooperative Extension office at 207.622.7546 or email alisha.r.targonski@maine.edu.

Registration is Open Through July 31 for New 4-H Teen Leadership Program: YOUth Have a Voice!

YOUth have a Voice!: Youth in Governance and Civic Engagement is a nine-month program open to teens and recent high school graduates who are interested in taking a more active role in serving their local communities, the state, or the country.  Youth will learn leadership skills and ways to participate in civic action by completing a service project in a topic of their interest.  Youth projects will be in one of three categories:

  1. Youth Board Member: Join a board or advisory council as a youth representative
  2. Policy Leader: Provide input to a policy or rule being developed
  3. Public Service Leader: Carry out a community service project.

Teens will be mentored by adults to assist their learning of civic processes and ways to meet their project goals. The program will be from late August 2023 to May 2024 and the total time commitment may vary from 30 to 80 hours depending on the type of project.

The program will be open for teens ages 14+ years old or entering high school in the fall of 2023. Interested teens will need the following items to register for the program:

  1. Fill out the application form
  2. Two letters of recommendation from adults who are not related to the applicant
  3. Briefly describing (100 to 500 words) why you are interested in this program
  4. A signed Program Requirement Summary Form

Registration is open through July 31, 2023.  The program will be limited to 16 youth. To register or learn more, visit our website. Individuals with questions or who need to request an accommodation, please contact Andrew Hudacs, andrew.hudacs@maine.edu, 207.581.8204