Aroostook County 4-H Newsletter: July 2019
Happy Birthday to all 4-Hers born in July!
4-H @ UMaine
June began with a terrific weekend at 4-H@UMaine where I(Mari) was able to bring four of our middle school 4-Hers. These young ladies liked their first campus experience with the dining halls, dorm rooms, and rec center. What they really loved was the mini classes that they were able to take in forestry, microbiology, library science, and horticulture. As you can see, we had a great time with the key note speaker – our girls thought it was awesome that the new dean, Dr. Hannah Carter, used to be in Aroostook 4-H!
We would like to introduce Elizabeth Carroll, who is our new 4-H Community Education Assistant. Elizabeth started on June 17th and is already a great part of the Houlton Extension team. Elizabeth comes to us bringing experience as a Park Ranger with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and as a previous Delaware State Parks nature center employee. She has an educational background that includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources from the University of Delaware and continued education in Wetland Delineation and Computer Aided Drafting.
Here’s pictures from the fair… Junior showmanship, Cloverbud showmanship and all of the crew after costumes showing off their ribbons! We had such a good time and loved the luncheon!
After the show fun at the fair.
The Northern Maine fair was a huge success and the Aroostook County Cooperative Extension staff would like to extend a much deserved “thank you” to the Leaders and families in their show of support to the 4-H youth and 4-H program. The community is one we are proud to serve and our 4-H members perform a vital role in being stewards to their community.
The Northern Maine Fair proved to be a wonderful opportunity for our 4-H youth to show off their past year’s hard work in a variety of different shows.
Friday the fair kicked off with a stockpile of horse show classes underneath blue skies and warm sunshine. A big congratulations is extended to all participants and those involved for their hard work and we cannot say enough how appreciative we are for the hard work and pride that all the members took in preparing themselves for the shows and in their care of their beloved hoofed participants.
The Paca Pals had a fun morning showing their fuzzy friends around the show ring in the Alpaca Show. Show judge Desiree Foster was a wonderful resource and provided advice, support, and insight to this active 4-H group out of Hodgdon.
We had a great Obstacle Course and Clinic for upcoming Cloverbuds and potential 4-H members – a huge Thank you to Megan Smith for her assistance and to Alivia for her help with the Cloverbud crowd. It was an excellent opportunity for youth to come out and have a hands on experience with sheep. Thank you to those who allowed us to ‘borrow’ their animals for this clinic, we appreciate your input as well as your passion for this program.
With the Grand Champion and Reserve named, the Baby Beef Show came to a handshaking and proud close. With the final cut from the Judge, the Baby Beef Show was decided and Jasmine Langley’s steer, “Del” Monico, and Reid Margeson’s steer, Grizz, would carry the competition. Pictures to come in our next newsletter along with other show results.
We would like to extend a HUGE ‘Congratulations’ to all the outstanding participants in their display of showmanship as well as the camaraderie among the 4-H friends and members. This years Northern Maine Fair was a huge success and would not have been possible without the Leaders and families gathering to support the 4-H youth, and therefore we again owe everyone who made it possible a big “Thank You!”
In upcoming 4-H news the summer is quickly coming to a close, and YES we know it is only July but this summer has gone by so quickly with the Northern Maine Fair’s early dates that we are left with a remainder of July and August to enjoy other great events that will be occurring. We hope that each of you will be able to join us for some wonderful gatherings and we want to extend an invitation to everyone to join in on any upcoming 4-H events across the county and state.
State 4-H News
1. Register Now for Maine 4-H Days
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 and 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
If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at firstname.lastname@example.org or
2. 4-H Horse Show at Union Fair
Maine 4-H Horse members: You are invited to participate in the 4-H Horse Show at Union Fair on Wednesday,
August 21 starting at 9:00 am at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. Open to all 4-H members, 4-H ages 9-18, in the
State of Maine who are enrolled in a 4-H Horse Project. For more information and entry
form, visit http://unionfair.org/ to download the Premium Book under Information>Printable Documents. Questions?
Pamela Doherty, 207.832.0343, email@example.com .
3. 4-H National Trip and CWF Winners
We recently held interviews for National Trips. Please join us in Congratulating the following winners for this year’s
National Trips and also the delegates selected to attend 2019 Citizenship Washington Focus. We are proud to have you
represent Maine 4-H!
Four Winners for National 4-H Congress will be headed to Atlanta, GA on November 29-December 3, 2019.
Representing Cumberland County will be Don S, Matthew D., and from Kennebec County will be Andrew D., from
Piscataquis County will be Gabrielle H, and the 1 st Alternate is from Waldo County, Abbie K.
Four Winners for National 4-H Conference will travel to the National 4-H Center in Washington DC on March 28-
April 2, 2020. Representing Cumberland County will be Natalie D, and Lauren P., and serving also from Cumberland
County is 1 st alternate Alyvia C, from Androscoggin-Sagadahoc will be Jordyn M., and from Piscataquis County will be
Thirty Delegates for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) will be traveling to Washington DC on June 29-July 6,
2019. Delegates include: from Cumberland County: Emma H, Alyvia C, Aidan E, Eliana B, Nimo A, Marwo S, Salima K,
Plamedia N; from Somerset County: Mackenzie J, Abigail G; from Knox-Lincoln County: Sadie O, Jeremy D, Savannah
D, Nathan D; from Oxford County: Marina L; from Franklin County: Jack S, Johathan C, Alexis M; from Piscataquis
County: Tyler L, Susannah H; from Penobscot County: Elizabeth D; and from Androscoggin-Sagadahoc: Marissa M,
Maddie G, Reginald B.