Franklin County 4-H Newsletter, MAY

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Franklin County 4-H Calendar

  • April 24-May 5: Farm Animal Care SPIN Club – FUNdamentals
  • May 1: Equine ESE Intent forms Due
  • May 16: Franklin County Extension Association Annual Meeting 5pm – 7pm
  • May 20: Franklin County 4-H auction slips are due
  • May 24: 4-H Science Friday-Vernal Pools
  • June 1: 4-H Fair & Auction at Farmington Fair Grounds
  • June 5: Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent to Participate Deadline
  • June 20-27: Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), Washington D.C.
  • July 19-20: Maine 4-H Days @ Windsor Fairgrounds

Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association

The  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 May 20.

Zoom information will be included in the Agenda for the 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.

County 4-H News

Bloomin’ 4 Good

We are so excited to share that, for the entire month of May, Franklin County 4-H has been selected by store leadership at Hannaford’s Farmington to receive a $1 donation from every purchase of the specially marked Bloomin’ 4 Good bouquet. This is a great way to broaden awareness and help our cause. Flowers can make someone’s day, brighten a room, or spread a smile. 

Hannaford Blooming for Good Program Flyer

Franklin County 4-H Fair Auction 



State 4-H News

UMaine 4-H Invites You to be a Part of Pride 2024

4-H will be participating in Pride festivities in Portland on June 15, 2024.  A pride event is a
celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, the rights won, and recognition of these individuals as
existing and loved members of our communities. 4-H will participate in the parade portion by
walking with a banner. Participants should plan on being at the event from noon – 2:30pm.
This event is open to any 4-H member or 4-H volunteer. Friends, family, and 4-H alumni are
welcome but must have a 4-H member/volunteer hosting them.
To register or for more information, go to this webpage.
If you have questions you can email

4-H Market Lamb Intent for Fryeburg Fair

Youth planning to participate in the Market Lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit the
2024 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form by June 5 th . An online form is available, otherwise
youth can print and mail a copy downloaded from the website.

4-H Tick Project

The 4-H Tick Project is a community science project engaging K-12 youth and educators, made
possible through a partnership between 4-H Youth Development, UMaine Cooperative Extension
Tick Lab, Maine Forest Tick Survey, and members of the Learning Ecosystems
Northeast partnership. The project provides youth an opportunity to explore ticks and tick-borne
diseases, which is a connected story of climate, ecosystem change, and public health.
All educators interested in teaching about ticks in Maine are encouraged to participate in the
project at no cost to you. This is a great project for 4-H clubs, SPIN clubs, homeschool groups,
and more. For more information and to register, visit the 4-H Tick Project webpage.

Save the Date: Maine 4-H Days is Happening in 2024!

Where: Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine
When: Friday evening, July 19 – Saturday, July 20. Animal Science tracks are being scheduled
from Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21. Registration for the event for 4-H’ers and their families
will be opening in mid-May. More information is coming soon. We can’t wait to see you there!

Do you know someone interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer? Tell them about Start Your
4-H Journey!

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a two-part online informational session for
adults interested in becoming Maine 4-H volunteers on May 22 & 29 from 6 – 7 p.m. “Start Your 4-
H Volunteer Journey” will provide participants with information about the UMaine Extension 4-
H youth development program through four short e-Learning modules. Attendees will also
participate in an experimental learning activity, learn about the key aspects of positive youth
development, and be introduced to ages and stages of youth. The two one-hour virtual sessions
will wrap up with an outline of next steps and an introduction to a county staff contact to help with
the application process if desired.

Registration is required. The sessions are free. To register, visit our website.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jennifer
Lobley,, 207.255.3345.