4-H at the Blue Hill Fair

Exhibit Hall | Livestock | Awards | Judging Info | Fair Info | Forms | Volunteer | Food Booth

4-H Exhibit Hall

The 4-H Exhibit Hall is a place for 4-H’ers to exhibit their projects to the public! We encourage all Hancock County 4-H’ers (club and independent members) to enter projects into the Exhibit Hall. Entries will be judged on the Danish system and members and clubs are eligible for cash premiums. Entry Forms are required.

More information about the 4-H Exhibit Hall, including the theme and entry categories.

4-H Livestock Projects

Important!! 4-H Members must be enrolled by April 1 in order to show in any 4-H classes at the Maine State Fairs in that same year. There is also required paperwork that must be submitted by the deadlines in order to participate.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H livestock program has three goals:

  1. To provide opportunities for youth to learn and practice 4-H Life Skills and to develop good character.
  2. To teach young people to raise, train, fit and show an animal using the best practices identified by university research and industry.
  3. To provide educational opportunities for 4-H youth and the viewing public to learn about 4-H and all aspects of participation in the show.

Expectations of 4-H Animal Show Participants

In keeping with the goals of learning life and project skills and exercising good character, 4-H members in any animal project are expected to follow these guidelines:

  • The member must have worked with the animal enough to minimize disruption in the show ring. The member must be able to safely control his or her animal at all times.
  • Members will treat their animals humanely and meet their needs for food, water, and shelter.
  • The member is expected to have or be developing the knowledge and skills to fit the animal.
  • The member is expected to personally fit their animals for each show entered. No adults are allowed to fit or care for the animals after arrival on the grounds.
  • Members raising market animals must document all medications and adhere to all label and withdrawal time requirements.
  • Members are expected to follow all requirements for dates of possession and completion of lease and animal approval forms.
  • Members will be respectful at all times.
  • Members, volunteers, and parents must exhibit good sportsmanship at all times.

4-H Danish System of Judging

The Danish system is a method of evaluation where a product or process is evaluated against a set of standards and recognition is awarded on the degree to which the standard has been met by each competitor. In Danish system judging, the exhibitors are not judged against each other. In a “true” Danish system the standard of excellence is the same for everyone regardless of age or experience. In 4-H, a “modified” Danish system is used that uses standards adjusted according to the member’s age and years of experience in the project. The Danish system is used in 4-H for ages 9-18 because it is a way to provide recognition to greater numbers of youth who may all be making significant progress in their projects. The Danish system is considered by National 4-H Policy to be a competitive form of judging and is therefore not to be used for 4-H members under the 4-H age of 9.

In Maine 4-H, ribbons traditionally awarded by the Danish system are:

  • Blue – for excellence, exceeding the standards
  • Red – for good work that meets the expected standard
  • White – for work that falls below the expected standard

Evaluation of Cloverbud Activities

Cloverbuds, 4-H members ages 5 – 8, are not ranked or judged competitively. Cloverbud members will receive identical forms of recognition of participation for work exhibited in exhibition halls or for participation in non-competitive animal demonstrations, skill-a-thons, clinics, or other educational events. Although Cloverbud exhibits or demonstrations are not ranked or scored, it is important for the youth to receive feedback on their work. They may participate in a “show and tell” activity about their exhibit or receive written or oral feedback that includes positive encouragement and constructive suggestions for growth for their exhibits or animal activities.

Blue Hill Fair Information

2019 Blue Hill Fair

August 29 – September 2, 2019

Labor Day Weekend

2019 Theme: “4-H Seeds for Success”

2019 Blue Hill Fair 4-H Information Booklet

Blue Hill Fair Website

4-H Schedule at the 2019 Blue Hill Fair

Tuesday, August 27 3:00–7:00pm Drop off your Exhibits at the 4-H Exhibit Hall
Wednesday, August 28 9:00 – 12:00am Exhibit Hall Judging (Judges only)
Thursday, August 29 4:00pm Fair Opens
5:00pm 4-H Hand Spinners Sheep Class
7:00pm Merritt Averill 4-H Sheep Lead Line
Friday, August 30 9:00am 4-H Sheep Show
Afternoon New Cooperative Extension Dean Hannah Carter visits the Blue Hill Fair!
5:00pm Youth Sheep Obstacle Course
7:30pm 4-H Cake Contest
7:30pm Beef Cook-Off
Saturday, August 31 8:00am 4-H Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
9:00am 4-H Open Beef Cattle Show
Sunday, September 1 9:00am 4-H & Open Dairy Cattle Show
9:00am Open Youth Horse Show
3:30pm 4-H Dairy Goat Show
Monday, September 2 11:00am Razor Crosman Award Announcement in the Livestock Show Ring
5:00pm Drawing of 4-H Steer Ticket Raffle

Blue Hill Fair 4-H Forms

Forms for entering projects in the Exhibit Hall:

  • Entry Form for 4-H Exhibit Hall (PDF)
  • Fair Card (These are custom printed, request cards by contacting the Extension Office)

Forms for showing Livestock:

Volunteer Opportunities at the Blue Hill Fair

  • Volunteer in the 4-H Food Booth (Info and Sign Up)
  • Volunteer in the Exhibit Hall/Activity Tent
  • Photograph 4-H Shows and Events
  • Judge Exhibit Hall Projects or Livestock Shows
  • Help with fair set up and clean up

4-H Volunteers will receive free admission to the fair on the day of their volunteer service. Contact the Extension Office to make arrangements for volunteer work by August 15.