Aroostook 4-H June Newsletter 2021

Happy Birthday to all of our 4-Her’s born in June

Evan C.
Hannah C.
Lucius F.
Clinton G.
Olivia H.
Izabelle H.

graduate with cap and gown, congratulations class of 2021Congratulations to our Graduating 4-H Seniors 2021

Congratulations Amanda,
You have been selected to receive the “Carla & Danny Lafayette Scholarship” in the
amount of $1,000, from the Maine 4-H Foundation.

You have also been selected to receive the Wilma Winslow Post-Secondary Aroostook County 4-H Leader’s Association Scholarship in the amount of $500.

Congratulations Izabelle,
You have been selected to receive the “Dr. Harold & Marion Chute Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000, from the Maine 4-H Foundation.

Congratulations Mallory,
You have been selected to receive the “Morna Kimball Rawcliffe Scholarship” in the amount of $1,000, from the Maine 4-H Foundation.

Northern Maine Fair

We are excited that the Northern Maine Fair will be held August 5th – 8th, 2021.  If you are hoping to show an animal in a 4-H youth show, please complete the Animal Approval Form and return to Emily before June 30th.  If you need any assistance with this process, please email

collage of pictures of youth doing experiments and leadership volunteers

4-H Summer Learning Series

Register now!

Maine 4-H will offer its hands-on virtual summer learning series June 14–Aug. 20 with over 50 workshops open to all youth ages 5–18.

The 4-H Summer Learning Series includes learning tracks in arts and crafts, food and nutrition, STEM, marine science and aquaculture, animal science and agriculture, and teen leadership. The series opens with a magic show featuring 4-H alumnus and family-friendly entertainer Conrad Cologne!

In addition, this year’s ‘4-H@UMaine’ experience for teens will now be offered as one of the learning tracks. These online workshops will highlight University of Maine programs and opportunities and will be provided by UMaine faculty, staff, and students.

The series is free; registration is required. Early bird registration for enrolled 4-H’ers opens May 27 for part one and July 1 for part two. Offline projects that can be completed at home are also available. Register and find more information on the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd, 207.581.3877;

3 female youth sitting back to facing water making a heart with their combined handsThree FREE Summer Camp Opportunities! 

Check out these amazing programs

The University of Maine has many wonderful summer camp opportunities for Maine youth. My (Mari’s) children attended a few of these and they were wonderful! All of these are free if you apply. The first is for middle school youth interested in learning about engineering and transportation-related careers.  The Maine Summer Transportation Institute.  The second opportunity is for high school girls to learn about forest bio-products. The SELF Camp is also a great way for young women to learn about STEM Careers and engineering. The third opportunity is for middle school girls to learn about coding. The SciGirls project is a fun way to get started in computer science. If you have any questions or need help with the applications please reach out to

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Get ready for the Exhibit Hall!

Start planning now.

You will have two opportunities to have your items in Exhibit Halls this summer.  The first is on our very own Northern Maine Fair.  Check out the Exhibit Hall Handbook and look for all of the different categories that you can make projects in.  Secondly, Maine state 4-H will be creating another Virtual Exhibit Hall. Start planning now to showcase your 4-H projects in the 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall. There will be a couple of new categories to feature a broader view of your work! For now, you can check out the judging criteria, tips on photographing your projects, and the 2020 Virtual Exhibit Hall on the UMaine Extension website. Be on the lookout very soon for email announcements and updates to the website.

Save the Dates for 4-H Horse Events!

Maine State 4-H Horse Clinic for Advanced riders (12+). Friday July 23 from 2pm-5pm Skowhegan Fairgrounds. $30.00 per rider. Limited to 20 riders. Maine State 4-H Fun Show! Saturday July 24 starting at 9am. Registration will open at 8am.  Lead line classes, Alumni classes, showmanship, equitation and games!  Fun for all 4-H horse members ages 5 and up. We will also have horseless activities and demonstrations too.

Families can choose to camp at Skowhegan Fairgrounds for a $25.00 per night fee. There will be stalls available. If your horse is staying on the grounds you must stay on the grounds. Animal Approval forms and appropriate vaccinations of horses will be required. 

Registration for clinic and horse show will be available June 15th.  FMI please visit Horse – Cooperative Extension: 4-H – University of Maine We are still looking for class ideas and volunteers for the event. Please contact or

Spring 2021 4-H Dog Clinic

The Spring 2021 4-H Dog Clinic will be held June 12 at UMaine Witter Farm, Farm Road, Old Town, ME, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  The clinic is open to youth ages 9-18. You do not need to own a dog to participate. For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Dog Clinic webpage  or contact Sheila Norman at or 942-7396. Be sure to register soon as the last day to sign up is June 3rd!

UMaine Offers Summer Camps and Academic Programs!

The Early College Program allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Students can take these courses either tuition-free or at a reduced early college rate.  If you are a high school student interested in taking some college courses this summer, visit the Early College website. For a listing of Youth summer camps affiliated with the University of Maine, visit the Youth Summer Camps website.

Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafe Survey

We are looking for feedback from youth in grades 7-12 as we plan the Fall season of Maine 4-H Virtual Teen Science Cafes! If you know a youth who has previously participated or who might like to participate, please send them our Google Survey.

July ESE 4-H Event

If you are considering participating in the July ESE 4-H event please go to this website for information:  Packets – 4-HWe encourage everyone to check this site frequently for updated packets and we will do our best to pass along updates as we find out about them. It appears that most commodities are using the same on-line registration system that they have used in the past. Please work with your local county staff for staff signatures as needed.

4-H Fridays on the Farm

One in Aroostook!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is offering a new Summer series, 4-H Fridays on the Farm, to get teens ages 12-18 engaged in Maine agriculture. Current 4-H enrollment is not necessary for participation. Program materials and instruction are FREE. The goal of 4-H Fridays on the Farm is to expose teens ages 12-18 to Maine agriculture and create workforce development skills through a variety of different hands-on, farm visits throughout the state. Teens may join for one session or all four to experience what different farms across the state have to offer. Each session will include an opportunity for teens to take a tour of operations, gain hands-on experience, and consider their role in the Maine Food System.

4-H Fridays on the Farm is the first educational offering in a series developed by the Maine 4-H Agricultural Leadership Team. For more information on future activities please visit:Maine 4-H Agricultural Leadership Ambassador Program

  • Mulberry Farms, Raymond, ME —July 16, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Mulberry Farms in Raymond, Maine is run by the Pecoraro Family. Mulberry Farms specializes in organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Rustic Roots Farm, Farmington, ME — July 23, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Rustic Roots Farm is a small-scale farm in Farmington, Maine producing sustainably-grown mixed vegetables. They offer weekly farm shares, and sell locally to restaurants and the public at Farmers markets.
  • Seed Pro Inc, Island Falls, ME — July 30, 2021, 9:00AM-12:00PM: Seed Pro Inc, along with the family farm, Daniel J. Corey Farm based in Monticello, centers around the development, production and harvesting of potatoes. At their Island Falls facility, which includes a research laboratory and greenhouse, they develop seed for distribution throughout the entire East Coast.
  • Brigeen Farms, Turner, ME —August 6, 2021 9:00AM-12:00PM: Brigeen Farms is a tenth generation family-owned and operated dairy farm Since 1777, they have cared for dairy cows and produced fresh, high-quality milk as part of Maine’s strong dairy industry

For more information or to register please visit:Fridays on the Farm registration