Franklin County 4-H News, July 2022

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Franklin County 4-H Calendar

  • July 4: Independence Day, Extension office closed
  • July 5-August 5: 4-H Summer Learning Series
  • July 7-10: Ossipee Valley Fair
  • July 9: Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel at Magic Lantern
  • July 15-17: Waterford World’s Fair
  • July 16 & 17: New England Galloway Group is hosting a Summer Event at the Farmington Fair Grounds
  • July 21: Franklin County Leaders Association Meeting 7PM
  • July 21-24: Pittston Fair
  • July 22-24: Maine 4-H State Dairy Show, Windsor Fairgrounds
  • July 23: Windsor Fair 4-H Working Steer Show
  • July 23: Farmington Summer Fest
  • July 27-31: Union Fair
  • August 6: Wilton Blueberry Festival

Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association

The July Leaders’ Association meeting will be held in person or via zoom. Please bring your questions and ideas! We all look forward to seeing you all at 7:00 p.m. on July 21.

Zoom information will be included in the Agenda for the July meeting.

All enrolled 4-H Volunteers are members of their county Leaders’ Association. Your leadership support is encouraged and vital in deciding the focus of our county 4-H programs.

All volunteers, please keep up to date with the newest COVID information and UMaine guidance on this site.

County 4-H News

Franklin County 4-H at the Wilton Blueberry Festival on Saturday, August 6th- Please join us!
Hello! We are looking to see who would like to join Franklin 4-H in creating and sitting on (or walking or driving the truck/tractor) a 4-H float in the parade this year.  The theme is “Summertime Fun” and the Leader’s Association thought it would be great to show folks what summer for a 4-Her might look like- it could be fairs, showing, gardening, arts and crafts, teaching- whatever!  We need to find out who is interested in joining the group.  We have access to the vehicles and a flat bed but are looking for people who want to be a part of this fun event! Please fill this quick form out.  Thank you so much!
This is the link as well:

Congratulations to the Bagley Family!

Jason B. and Andrew B. both attended the Northeast All Breeds Spring show.

Jason’s 4 year old Milking Shorthorn Lazy M Zeus Jacuzzi EXP received Grand Champion of the Junior show and Honorable mention senior champion of the open show. His bred and owned Sr 2 year old Bagley Bog Blaze Gucci received Honorable mention grand champion of the Junior show and honorable mention intermediate champion of the open show.


Andrew had success in the Brown Swiss show with the Spring Yearling he leases – Roseledge Rampage Epic.

4-her and Cow

Working Steer 

The Franklin County Working Steer Club had a working day at the Farmington Fair Grounds’ at the end of June.  The club was preparing for this coming show season!

Working Steer Group                                          Working Steer Group Photo

The New England Galloway Group is hosting a Summer Event at the Farmington Fair Grounds on July 16th and 17th featuring Kirk Stierwalt.  Kirk has been coming to Maine for several years now working with Beef 4-H Youth.  His clinics will include reviewing of feeds, Daily Care, Judging, Showmanship and Clipping an animal for the show season.
New England Galloway Registration
Summer Fun!
 Franklin County 4-H will be at this year’s Summer Fest on Saturday, July 23.  We will have some fun activities for kids of all ages to participate in.   Please stop in and say Hello!

State 4-H News

4-H Summer Learning Series
After an incredibly successful 4-H Summer Learning Series over the past two years, Maine 4-H will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 from July 5 – August 5, 2022. Planning is still taking place, but topics in previous years have ranged from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more.

Registration is now open! For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage.

Fridays on the Farm is Back!
You are invited to join Maine 4-H staff for Fridays on the Farm, a series of hands-on learning experiences for Maine teens. In this series of farm tours, participants will explore possible careers in agriculture, learn about the Maine Food System, and practice real-life farm skills.  Participants may join one, or all of the farm visits. 4-H enrollment is not a requirement for participation, so share this opportunity with your friends! All youth ages 12-18 are welcome to participate. For more information on the available farm tours or to register visit the website.

Looking for 4-H Alumni & Members Attending UMaine!
If you are a current or former 4-H member planning to attend UMaine this fall, know of a 4-H member currently attending UMaine, or know of a recent 4-H alumni attending UMaine, read this! Collegiate 4-H is an opportunity for 4-H alumni and college students interested in supporting the mission of 4-H to be involved in 4-H after high school. We are currently exploring starting a Collegiate 4-H Club at UMaine with an anticipated start date for the 2022 fall semester. Simply fill out this short form to let us know if you think you might be interested!

Save the Date for the Maine 4-H State Dairy Show
The Maine 4-H State Dairy show will be July 22nd-24th at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The event is open to all Maine 4-H dairy project members 4-H ages 9 and above. In addition to the 4-H dairy show, the event includes a 4-H dairy fitting contest, grilled cheese contest, and educational workshops.  For additional information and a schedule of events please visit

Upcoming 4-H Working Steer Events:
Save the date for upcoming 4-H working steer shows! In order to qualify and be a part of the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, you must attend two of the three tryouts. The tryout events are:

    • Saturday, July 9th at Ossipee Valley Fair
    • Saturday, July 23rd at Windsor Fairgrounds
    • Thursday, August 11th at Skowhegan Fair

For more information on upcoming 4-H working steer events and the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, please visit or contact Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or

Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel
Join us at the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab, 9 Depot Street Bridgton, on July 9th, at 10:00 am for a free workshop. Learn from a panel of veterinarians and nutrition experts on the health and wellness of animals. From your dog and backyard goats to poultry and large livestock. Don McLean, DVM and Paul G. Rudenberg, DVM will provide information followed by a question and answer session to help you keep your animals safe and well. Contact for more information.

EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Frozen Strawberry Sandwiches
It’s summer in Maine, and whether you are at the lake, the mountains, camping, or enjoying time in your own backyard, there is nothing better than barbecue. Nothing tastes quite as good as a burger cooked on a grill or some amazing crispy chicken. Do you need a quick, refreshing dessert after a day out barbequing? Our Frozen Strawberry Sandwiches are an amazing treat to finish off that BBQ! By Debbie Barnett (EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties –

Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
offers FREE nutrition education classes to income-eligible adults with children, or young adults 19-25 years old, and if you are eligible for programs such as SNAP, WIC, or Head Start. Find out more online.