Aroostook 4-H Newsletter October 2019

Dates to Remember

October 9-20 – Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign
November 7 – Aroostook County Extension Association Celebration / 4-H Achievement Celebration
December 31 – Re-enrollment deadline

Happy Birthday to all 4-Hers born in October

Allyson B
Andrea R
Charlie P
Connor B
Gavin H
Katelyn A
Sammy C
Samuel K

Congratulations to all the Eastern States Participants

Including our very own Aroostook County Equestrians Team:  Anna Robinson, Mallory Williams, Baileigh Moreau, Izzy Higgins, Alison Sweetser

2019 Eastern States Maine Equestrian Team



Alex Reed (with the pink necklace) leading the Maine Communication team.

maine 4-H girls performing







Winner, winner – chicken dinner!

I know why some are excited to see this October Newsletter brought to you by the Aroostook County Cooperative Extension staff. This newsletter will be announcing our…drum roll …first monthly SWAG WINNER!

If you are just tuning in, here is what you have missed! (There will be another chance to win THIS month.) Last month we started our Aroostook County social media push, both on Facebook and Instagram. We have been enjoying the increase in ‘likes’ and comments and for that we wanted to show our appreciation by awarding some goodies to County 4-H members in the upcoming newsletter.

If you would like to participate then start ‘liking’, commenting on, and sharing our Facebook and Instagram posts. We will choose another 4-H member in October and announce that winner in next month’s newsletter!

Instagram: Aroostook4H

Facebook: UMaine 4-H Aroostook County

UMaine Cooperative Extension Open House 

Open house ribbon cutting with
Taking part in the ribbon cutting are, from left, Ben Shaw, Chief Business Officer at UMPI; Christine Finemore, Community Education Assistant, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program; Jean Henderson, Professional Advisor/Student Services Coordinator, UMPI; Mari Glatter, 4-H Youth Development Professional, UMaine Cooperative Extension; Tracy Rockwell, director for Houlton Higher Education Center; Emily Dow, Administrative Specialist, UMaine Cooperative Extension; Linda Trickey, Agricultural Assistant, UMaine Cooperative Extension; Elizabeth Carroll, 4-H Community Education Assistant, UMaine Cooperative Extension; Richard Brzozowski, Food System Program Administrator, UMaine Cooperative Extension; and Jane Torres, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce.




This month we were officially welcomed into the Houlton Higher Education Center, 18 Military St., at our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on September 26th.

We want to send out a ‘Thank you’ to the many new and familiar faces that attended from 4-6p.m. as well as the contributors who helped make it a successful and memorable afternoon. We appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to serve the community in our new offices!

The Cooperative Extension Staff would also like to extend our gratitude to Nancy Wright for her contribution of goodies for this event. Nancy brought in several platters that were appreciated and enjoyed by visitors and attendees…and of course staff. Thank you, Nancy!







Upcoming news!

Fryeburg Fair: 

Hooray! Fair season isn’t over yet!! That’s exciting right? Well Maine saves a fair fan favorite for fall because the Fryeburg Fair is starting at the end of September! (Go ahead, say that last sentence again.)

(September 29 – October 6th to be exact!)

You won’t want to miss it, even if being in The County seems so far away from Fryeburg, this fair will have 4-H fun and a ton of great things to get involved in! So take advantage of what may be the last few warmer days of the season and head south to the fair where you can enjoy some food, 4-H, and lots of Fryeburg fun!

Member re-enrollment 2019-2020 :

It’s that time of year! You know which one…


Chilly mornings!

Re-enrollment packets!

That’s right everyone! Pumpkins and leaves and re-enrollment packets- OH MY!

Our 4-H year began October 1, so get ready, get set, and… GO!!

We can already hear the stampede of 4-H’ers, scrambling in all directions, frantically filling out their packets so they will be done LONG before the word ‘deadline’ comes along. (The deadline is December 31.) We recommend that members try to have their paperwork returned by November 25th.

Will there be any exceptions after December 31?


Not even one?

No, not even for a slice of pumpkin pie.

4h hat, sticker and pen


And without further ado, we present our September SWAG winner: IZZY H!

Congratulations Izzy, a Cooperative Extension Staff member will be mailing out your September Swag prize! Thank you for your participation!




State 4-H News

October, 2019

2020 Maine 4-H Intent to Sell a Market Beef Project at Fryeburg Fair
4-Hers raising a steer for the 2020 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available at: by November 1, 2019. The intent form will advise the State 4-H Office which steers need to be tagged. Once we receive your intent form you will be contacted by a staff person from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to make an appointment for someone to come to your barn and tag your project animal.

As always Fryeburg Market Steers must be owned and in possession by the 4-Her by January 1. But we understand that many of you will have your market steers before January 1st so we are hoping to tag more of the project animals before the winter travel becomes more difficult. We are grateful for the staff from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for helping us with the tagging and we are hoping the earlier intent form date will allow for safer travel during the winter months. You can also enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member when you send your Intent to Participate form to your county office. We appreciate you completing this form as early as possible and are encouraging everyone to help spread the word about the new earlier date for the intent form. If you have specific questions please contact your local county Cooperative Extension Office.