Aroostook 4-H Newsletter June 2019

Dates to Remember

June 6:  NMF Food Booth clean up day 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
June 26, 4:00-6:00 PM: accepting entries at the Northern Maine Agricultural Fair exhibit hall
June 27, 12:00-2:00 PM: accepting entries at the Northern Maine Agricultural Fair exhibit hall
June 28-July 3:  Northern Maine Agricultural Fair
July 4:  office closed

State Events

July 19-21:  Maine 4-H Days
There are many 4-H summer camp opportunities.  Follow the website for more information.

Happy Birthday to all 4-Hers born in June!

Clinton G
Hannah C
Izabelle H
Lucius F
Rheanna O
Sarah G
Wayne S

Club News

Ultra Clover

On May 19 Ultra Clover did their club community service at the Central Aroostook Humane Society.  They trimmed the cedar shrubs, weeded the flower beds and raked around the outdoor kennels.

4Hers helping at humaine society





left to right Krayton H, McKayla G

4hers spring cleaning at humane society





left to right Mallory W, Anna R, Megan R, McKayla G

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduating Seniors!

You have worked hard to reach your goals.  This a very exciting time in your lives where you will step out into the world and make a huge impact.  Best wishes in the next chapter of your lives.

New 4-H Leader

I am very excited to announce that Mackenzie McCrum McKenna is now a fully trained 4-H Club Leader. She will be working with the AV Baby Beef Club.

4-H Leaders attend Horse Judges School

Desiree Foster and Laura Bagley attended the March, 2019 New England 4-H Horse Judge’s School that was hosted by the New England 4-H Horse Program at Mount Holyoke College located in Hadley, MA.  The Horse Judging School’s focus is education and believes that a consistent educational message will provide 4-H exhibitors throughout our region a professional, fair and top quality evaluation of their equine skills.

UMaine Extension publications offer tips on safe grilling, lawn maintenance

Click on any of the links below to get to the UMaine Extension publication site. Within each description you will find a link to download the fact sheet for free.

Northern Maine Agricultural Fair, Friday, June 28 to Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Theme for 2019 – “Fun, Farms, and Fireworks”
Fair is just around the corner.  To help you start planning, you will want to look over the 4-H Livestock Exhibitors Handbook and 4-H Contests and Exhibit Hall Project Guide.

4-H Show Schedule

Thursday, June 27th
7:00 PM 4-H Horse meeting – George Allen Arena

Friday, June 28th
9:00 AM 4-H Horse Show – George Allen Arena
3:00 PM 4-H & FFA Horse Judging – George Allen Arena
5:30 PM Walking of the Baby Beef – Livestock Show Ring

Saturday, June 29th
10:00 PM 4-H Alpaca Show (Showmanship and Communications) – Livestock Show Ring
1:00 PM 4-H Alpaca Show (Obstacle and Costume) – Livestock Show Ring
3:00 PM 4-H Sheep Show – Livestock Show Ring
5:30 PM Walking of the Baby Beef – Livestock Show Ring
6:30 PM 4-H Public Speaking Leader’s Exhibition

4-H Public Speaking Contest (to follow Leader’s Exhibition)

Sunday, June 30th
5:30 PM Walking of the Baby Beef – Livestock Show Ring

Monday, July 1st
9:00 AM 4-H Tractor Contest
9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies for 4-H and FFA – Grand Stand in the 4-H Livestock Area
9:45 AM 4-H & FFA Judging Events
12:30 PM AG Olympics – Grand Stand in the 4-H Livestock Area
1:30 PM Closing Ceremonies and Ice Cream Social – 4-H Food Booth Deck
5:00 PM Weighing of the Baby Beef
5:30 PM Walking of the Baby Beef – Livestock Show Ring

Tuesday, July 2nd 12:00 PM 4-H Obstacle Course – Livestock Show Ring
1:00 PM Animal Costume Show -Livestock Show Ring
5:30 PM 4-H Baby Beef Show – Livestock Show Ring

Wednesday, July 3rd
12:00 PM 4-H Goat Showmanship Show- Livestock Show Ring
1:00 PM 4-H Beef/Dairy Show – Livestock Show Ring
2:00 PM 4-H Swine Show – Hog Barn Show Ring
6:00 PM 4-H Baby Beef Auction – Livestock Show Ring

4-H Membership Cards

Each 4-H member and 4-H Volunteer will receive a 4-H Membership Card.  These will be mailed to your Club Leader in early May. The Membership Cards are your passes to get into the Northern Maine Agricultural Fair. Each member’s card will also allow the accompaniment of one parent for free. This is the policy at the Northern Maine Fair.  All members wishing to use their 4-H card to enter the Northern Maine Agricultural Fair are encouraged to enter through the livestock gate on State Street. You may be redirected if you attempt to enter through another entrance.

4-H Exhibit Hall

4-H Exhibits entered at the Exhibit Hall should reflect on-going work done by the member in their project area during the current 4-H year. 4-H Exhibit cards must accompany each project and Cloverbuds have their own Exhibit Card. Both sets of cards are available at any of the Aroostook County Extension offices.  Although project records are not required at fairs, they are strongly encouraged. They help to give the judges a clearer understanding of the project and your work and will also earn each member $1 for every exhibit that includes an on-going or completed project record. 4-H members from any county in Maine may enter exhibits but should check with the UMaine Extension Aroostook County for rules that may differ from those in their county.

Entry Deadlines for Northern Maine Agricultural Fair (NMAF) Exhibit Hall:  Projects must be delivered to the 4-H Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, June 26, 4:00-6:00 PM or Thursday, June 27, 12:00-2:00 PM.

Each club will be responsible for setting up their member’s entries. Judging will take place at 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 27. 4-H members, parents, and volunteers may not be present during the judging.

4-H Cloverbud Exhibit Card


Club/Unit _______________Age_____

Item Name_______________________

What I learned in this project:____________________________


  1. Complete all of your personal and club information.
  2. Please fill in the item’s name.
  3. Use a highlighting marker to highlight at least two sections of the Life Skills Wheel.
  4. Under the “What I Learned” section, please give a brief summary of something that you learned by completing this project.





4-H Exhibit and Judging Card

Life Skills Wheel

Name ____________________________

Club/Unit ____________________  Age________

Division #____________Division Title__________

Class#_______________Class Name____________

Item Description____________________________

What I learned in this project:



  1. Complete all of your personal and club information.
  2. Use the Northern Maine Agricultural Fair 4-H Contests and Exhibit Hall Project Guide to determine the Division #, Division Title, Class #, and Class Name.
  3. Use a highlighting marker to highlight at least two sections of the Life Skills Wheel.
  4. Under the “What I Learned” section, please give a brief summary of something that you learned by completing this project.

Show Entry Forms

Please watch for an email from Emily with information regarding  show entry forms.  These forms will be available on the Aroostook county 4-H website.  Horse clubs will also have the option of an electronic submission this year.

4-H Food Booth at NMF

The 4-H Food Booth is a fabulous way for all Aroostook County Clubs to make a LOT of money in just one day! If you have younger members maybe you could consider joining forces with another club or only taking 1/2 a day. Youth must be 16 or older to work on the fryolater and grill, but youth ages 12-15 can make sandwiches, etc., and wait on tables. Youth 12 and under can roll silverware, set and clear tables, serve bottled soda, etc. There is something for everyone to do!  Please let the 4-H staff know if your club would like to take a day during this year’s fair.

All 4-H members who are working in the Food Booth should watch this training video.  You will want to start at the 7:00 minute mark unless you are in charge of the fryolater or grill.

Don’t forget to enter the Bartlett Farm sign contest!

The purpose of this sign contest is to educate the public about your animal, in a fun and creative way. Click here for complete rules, please feel free to call the office (532-6548) if you have any questions.   Please let 4-H staff know you are participating in this contest so your sign can be judged.

Maine 4-H Horse Program Helmet Rule

  1. Effective January 1,2002 all youth under 19, participating in any 4-H equestrian activities, regardless of riding seat, shall wear a properly fitted equestrian helmet which carries a current ASTM/SEI approval with secured chin harness properly fastened at all times when mounted on an equine or in a vehicle being pulled by one or more equines.
  2. It is the responsibility of the rider or the parent or guardian of the minor rider, to see to it that the headgear worn complies with such approved standards and carries the proper seals, and is properly fitted and in good condition. Due to degeneration concerns, equestrian and sport manufacturers recommend replacement every five years. The University of Maine system, organizing committees, and licensed officials or leaders are not responsible for checking headgear worn for such compliance. The University of Maine or said committees and officials and leaders make no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, about such headgear and cautions riders that serious injury may result despite wearing headgear, as no helmet can protect against all foreseeable injuries in equestrian activities.
  3. At any 4-H equestrian activity, the official activity manager (e.g. show manager, clinic organizer, club leader) may, at his/her discretion, check a participant’s equestrian helmet for proper standards. If the participant is found to be wearing an unapproved, defective or improperly fitted helmet, he/she will NOT be permitted to participate in any mounted or driving activities until proper headgear is acquired.
  4. The approved helmet requirement supersedes all hat and helmet requirements as stated under appointments in the current set of rules and regulations.

State 4-H News

June, 2019

Register Now for Maine 4-H Days

  1. Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend full of exciting Enrichment & Livestock activities! From Tie-Dye to Relay Races; Fairy Gardens to Composting; Meet an Alpaca or sign up for Poultry Camp – Registration is now open, and workshops are filling up fast! Go to you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.
  2. 4-H Camp Opportunities for Children of Military Families
    There are numerous wonderful programs being offered to children of military families through special grant programs. These Adventure Camps are sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide quality outdoor experiences for children of Service Members in the active, reserve, or guard components. Specific questions about eligibility should be made to the Tanglewood office at 789.5868 or are designed to build self-esteem, trust, teamwork, friendships, skill building, and appreciation of nature through outdoor adventures. Staff of UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers and key outdoor education and adventure partners lead camps. Open sessions for ages 14 – 18 include: Ocean Adventure (6/25 – 6/28 and 6/30-7/5), Coastal STEM Challenge (6/23 – 6/28 and 6/30 – 7/5), and for ages 8 – 14, Make and Create STEM Challenge (7/28 – 8/2). Learn more about all sessions at: register for these programs, go to:
  3. 4-H Teen Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center – June 23 – 28, 2019
    Building on the success of last year’s program, 4-H Teen Camp at Tanglewood will once again be offered to any currently enrolled Maine 4-H teen ages 13 – 18, during the first week of Summer Camp, June 23-28, 2019. Check in is 2:30-3:30 PM on Sunday & Closing Ceremony is 3 PM on Friday but if you need to come later in the week or leave earlier please let Sara or Alisha know. The cost to attend is just $75 for the week!4-H Teen Camp will focus on building life skills of cooperation, teamwork, and leadership that youth can bring back to their clubs, while also giving teens the chance to enjoy all that Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Lincolnville, Maine has to offer.Space is very limited so please register today at Use code SUMMIT (all caps) to register. Questions about 4-H Teen Camp, please contact Sara Conant,, 207-781-6099 or Alisha Targonski,, 207.622.7546. For more information or questions about Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center, or camp registration please call 207.789.5868.
  1. June Jamboree Sheep, Swine, Working Steer and Horse Clinic
    Oxford County 4-H JuneJamboree Sheep, Swine, Working Steer and Horse Clinic is being held June 14th through June 16th at the Fryeburg Fair Grounds, 1154 Main Street, Fryeburg Maine. Workshops are designed for youth completing 4-H project work in the areas of sheep, swine, working steer and horse. Horseless riders are welcome. Working Steer Try Outs for The Big E are being held Sunday morning at 10:00.Anyone planning to attend any part of June Jamboree must pre-register and pay online due to insurance regulations. This includes participants, parents, and siblings, who will be present on the fair grounds. All youth must attend with a parent or guardian.The registration fee for the first member of a household will be $20. Family members residing at the same address may register for an additional $10 per person. The registration fee includes tent/camper space, meals, starting with with breakfast Saturday morning through lunch on Sunday, and helps offset the cost of additional insurance, presenter fees and workshop supplies and materials. Check in begins Friday evening after 5:00 P.M.Workshops will include washing, clipping, showmanship, animal handling, marketing and learning activities around zoonotic diseases. Rabies vaccines and tagging for market animals will be available. It is mandatory for anyone planning to sell market lambs or market hogs at Fryeburg Fair to attend Saturday’s workshops in order to have their animals tagged.This event is open to 4-H Families from all counties. Again, all adults and youth must pre-register online whether participating in workshops or not, due to insurance regulations. Registration is not complete until all forms have been returned to the Oxford County Extension Office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris ME 04281. Anyone wanting to request a reasonable accommodation should contact Rebecca Mosley at or 1.800.287.1482.If you are coming in only for Working Steer try outs on Sunday morning, you must still pre-register online. There is no registration fee if you are attending tryouts only. The registration fee for Working Steer participants who wish to eat in the dining hall for breakfast and lunch on Sunday only is $10.For Forms & Registration CLICK HERE ( Registration will remain open through May 31st.