Franklin County 4-H News, August 2022

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Franklin County 4-H Calendar

  • August 6: Wilton Blueberry Festival
  • August 11-20: Skowhegan State Fair
  • August 28- September 5: Windsor Fair
  • September 1: Farmington Fair entry forms due to the Extension office
  • September 5: Labor Day; Extension office closed
  • September 18-24: Farmington Fair Week

Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association

No Leaders’ Meeting in August and September

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

County 4-H News

Conservation Poster Contest Results

We wish to announce the winners in the 4-H Conservation Poster contest for 2022! The theme this year was
“Healthy Soil;Healthy Life”. Thank you to everyone who submitted posters this year!
Grades 2-3                             Grades 4-6                        Grades 7-9                        Grades 10-12
State Winner                         State Runner Up               State Winner                    State Winner

    Emily R.                                     Paige R.                              Phoebe W.                           Jared W.

Maine 4-H State Dairy Show

The Maine 4-H State Dairy Show is open to all Maine 4-H Dairy project members 4-H age 9 and above. In addition to the state 4-H dairy show, the event includes a 4-H dairy fitting contest, grilled cheese contest, and educational workshops. The Maine 4-H Dairy show was held on July 22-24.

Dairy Show Results for Franklin County:
Fitting Team Sr. Showmanship Champions
1st– Sophia D. 1st – Amelia R. Ayrshire – Amelia R.
2nd– Amelia R. 2nd – Samantha D. Brown Swiss – Andrew B.
3rd – Jason B. 3rd – Jason B. Guernsey – Mariah J.
Milking Shorthorn- Jason B.
Andrew B.
Mariah J.
Samantha D.
Amelia R.
Jason B.
Jonathon C.

Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Maine 4-H Foundation presented scholarships on Friday, July 22 at the Magic Lantern in Bridgton. Congratulations to Franklin County 4-H members Lauren R. and Jonathon C.  on both receiving scholarships. We wish you luck on your future endeavors.

4-Her receiving a scholarship
Lauren R.
4-Her receiving a scholarship
Jonathan C.

Farmington Fair 

Farmington Fair is just around the corner! Information on 4-H shows and exhibits will be sent out to all
members and volunteers via email. If you don’t have email, you will receive a hard copy in the mail.
The information can also be accessed on the fair website: If you plan
to exhibit, please read all information carefully and make your entries out clearly. Be sure hall exhibit
entries for the correct category. We would like to encourage all of our 4-H clubs to consider having an
Educational Exhibit in the Exhibition Hall this year. It is always very impressive to see the displays and
information the clubs provide for these exhibits. It would be super to have one from each club. If you
have questions, or if you would like to reserve space for your club to have an Educational Exhibit,
please contact Kristen at the Extension Office. 

All entries for shows and exhibits are due in the Extension Office by September 1st .

Hannaford Reusable Bag Program

We are so excited to share that Franklin County 4-H has been selected to be a part of the Hannaford
Helps Reusable Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their
local community while supporting the environment. For the month of September, each time a $2.50
reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Hannaford located at Farmington. $1 will be donated to
Franklin County 4-H. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise
for our cause. Let’s get started! We can begin by spreading the news to our friends and family. Call,
send emails, and post on social media. The more people who learn about the program and purchase
the Community Bag during the month of September, the more money we will raise.

State 4-H News

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 4-H Unconference

UMaine 4-H Unconference will be an organized forum for 4-H volunteers, club leaders, after-school providers, teachers, parents and teen leaders to gather. UMaine 4-H Unconference is intentionally designed to have YOU teach and learn from each other. There is no agenda; you come with 4-H ideas and topics you want to talk about or learn more about, and we’ll guide the process to get folks into groups where YOU are the experts.

Save the dates: Saturday, October 22nd and Friday, November 11th.  Come to one or both. Watch this website for more information as it becomes available.

2022 Topsham Fair Summer Horse Show

Join us on August 7, 2022 for the Topsham Fair Summer Horse Show! Registration deadline is August 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. Warm up starts at 7:00 a.m. and the show starts at 8:15 a.m. Premiums will be paid. There are open events that anyone can register for. Register online.

Maine 4-H Survey Request

From: Andrew Hudacs, the new member of the Maine 4-H team, whose work supports 4-H teen leadership and career exploration statewide:

If you are 11 years old or older, please help me learn more about your interests in 4-H activities by completing the following SHORT survey (about 30 questions/7 minutes). The survey results will be used to improve statewide 4-H program planning.  If you are a parent of a 4-H child receiving this message, please have each child 11+ years old complete one survey.

If you have any questions, I can be contacted at, (207) 581-8204, 24 Main Street Lisbon Falls, ME 04252. Thank you in advance for your support!

EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Flavored Water

After the long cold winters here in Maine, the summer sun is a welcome sight and feeling. Many of us are out enjoying the beaches, lakes, mountains, and sports camps. With the hot weather comes the need to stay hydrated, and drinking plenty of fluids is important all year long, but so much more so in the heat. General guidelines state that it is important to drink eight glasses of water a day, as this will keep the average person doing average activity adequately hydrated throughout the day. Remember, if it is hot or if you are staying active, you may need to drink more water throughout the day. Here is a great recipe for Flavored Water that is very refreshing and enjoyable on hot summer days.

For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series.  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.