January 1: Deadline for purchase of 4-H Beef Steers
January 2: Intent to Participate in Eastern States Exposition Due to Kennebec Office for Beef
January 2: Leaders’ Association Meeting (Reminder: These are for all volunteers and occur every month throughout the year), 6:30-8:15 p.m., Kennebec Extension Office, 125 State Street, 3rd Floor, Augusta, ME 04330
President: Lori Larrabee
Treasurer: Cathy Thomas
January 12: 4-H Volunteer UNconference Lewiston (Snow Date January 19) 8:30-3:00 Breakfast and Lunch provided. Register online. A volunteer forum led by 4-H volunteers for 4-H volunteers. UMaine 4-H Unconference will be an organized forum for 4-H volunteers, club leaders, afterschool 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. All experience levels are welcome and no one person has all the answers. Sample sessions might include: working with Cloverbuds, effective 4-H Leaders’ Associations, project records, animal science activities, ideas for including STEM, and many more – the group decides the topics at the beginning of UMaine 4-H Unconference. Door prizes will be given at the end of the day.
January 26: 4-H Volunteer UNconference Orono (Snow Date February 2).
January 29: 4-H Page Day in Augusta. Registration deadline January 22 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be a 4-H Page and gain invaluable hands-on citizenship experience! Representatives needed from each election district. From 1:30-2:30 4-Hers and their chaperones will attend a museum tour and activity hosted by the First Amendment Museum located on State Street.
February 1: Intent to Participate Forms Due for all Eastern States Exposition (ESE) animal commodities. See animal specific website for form and application materials. Dairy, Working Steer, Horse, Goat, Dog, Sheep
February 6: Pillowcase Making! 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. As part of a county-wide service project, 4-H youth, adults and parents are invited to come and make pillowcases that will be donated to local shelter and foster services for youth in our community. Come help us give back!
February 23 (Snow Date Feb 24): State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest hosted at UMaine Augusta. Quiz is for all ages. Senior 4-H’ers can make the Quiz Bowl Team that travels to ESE in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.
March 2: Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships due to local Extension Office. These scholarships are available to current seniors in the 4-H program or those that have graduated within the past year. Scholarships range from $500 to $2500.
March 3: County Awards Banquet and Ice Skating. Starting at 12:00pm join 4-H at the Ice Vault (203 Whitten Rd, Hallowell, ME 04347) for a pizza party and short awards ceremony to recognize service and the work all the 4-H’ers and volunteers did in Kennebec County this past year. Then stay and join us from 1:30-3:00 p.m. for ice skating (each person will pay the Ice Vault $5 skate fee, but rentals are free for 4-H’ers and their families). Must RSVP to the Extension Office by February 28 to attend.
March 6: Leaders’ Association Meeting (1st Wednesday of every other month) 6:30-8:15 p.m. 125 State Street, 3rd, Floor, Augusta, ME 04330.
March 9: National 4-H Trip Applications are due to local Extension Office
March 23: Regional County 4-H Public Speaking Contest. Hosted at UMaine Farmington, open to Kennebec County 4-H’ers. To be eligible to compete in the State 4-H Communications Contest, you must participate. Participation in the County event does not make the state event mandatory. Registration will be announced. Visit the Maine 4-H Public Speaking page to learn more about the Public Speaking Program. Snow Date: March 30.
April 3: How to be a 4-H Club Officer Training: Open to all youth and 4-H volunteers. 6:00pm-7:30pm. Dinner included. RSVP by April 1.
April 6: State Public Speaking Tournament at UMaine Orono. Must participate at the County level to enter. Snow Date: April 7
Tuesdays, April-May, 6:00-8:00 p.m.: 4-H Tractor Safety Course Tuesdays, at Kramer Tractor in Sidney. Cost: $20.00 for 20-hour course (including work on own), includes instructor-led driving experience, written exam, and driving test. Participants will learn how to handle tractors and equipment safely, how to identify hazards and how to minimize the chances of accidents.
April 13: State 4-H Dairy Show Judging Open to all 4-H youth. Senior members can make the Dairy Judging Team to qualify to attend ESE in Springfield, Massachusetts in September.
April: 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training. At this training, Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Muzzleloader, and Hunting/ Wildlife instructor training will be offered. Certification allows you to lead a 4-H Club or oversee shooting sports events under the guidelines of the State and National 4-H Shooting Sports curriculum.
May 1: Leader’s Association Meeting. Open to all. 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Extension Office
May 17-18: 4-H@UMaine. Interact with 4-H’ers from around the state at the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono. Stay in dorms and attend workshops in college classrooms. Explore campus with interactive tours and fun activities!
May 23: Maine 4-H Foundation Annual Meeting
May 25: Spring Fling! This is a spaghetti dinner and fundraising auction for the 4-H program to help sponsor youth traveling on national trips and attending 4-H summer camps.
June 5: 4th H is for Health Training. Attend a training on healthy living topics and see the kit available for your program to use. 4-H Training for Adults and Teens. 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.
June 29: Kennebec River Fest at Mill Park in Augusta, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
June 30: Deadline for Animal Approval Forms for 4-H Animal Shows to be in the UMaine Extension Kennebec County office. NO EXCEPTIONS! Must be signed by the 4-H Club Leader before forms arrive in the Extension office. Must have ear tags, tattoos, and/or pictures with names on each animal or pictures if needed.
- Animal Approval Form for 4-H Animal Shows (Word | PDF)
- Animal Approval Forms: Leader Guidelines (Word | PDF)
- Lease Form: Contract for Rental/Lease of ALL Animals (Word | PDF)
June 30: Deadline for Intent to Exhibit Form for the Kennebec County Fairs
July 10: Leader’s Association Meeting. (Note: 2nd Wednesday this month) 6:30-8:00 p.m., Extension Office
Early July: ESE Tryouts for Horse Commodity, Skowhegan Fairgrounds
July 18-21: Maine 4-H Days at Windsor Fairgrounds. Family camping on the fairgrounds. ESE Tryouts for Dairy (State Dairy Show) and Sheep. Tons of amazing workshops and Horse Track! $7/person and $20 maximum for families if registered by June 29.
July 25-28: Pittston Fair, Exhibit Projects in the Indoor Exhibition Hall. Animal Commodity Shows. July 28: Open Horse Show.
July 31- August 3: Monmouth Fair, Exhibit Projects in the Indoor Exhibition Hall. Animal Commodity Shows. July 31: Horse Show.
August 21-22: Maine Farm Days, Misty Meadows Farm in Clinton. Children’s areas, bounce house, Ag Tradeshow, Agricultural workshops.
September 5-8: Clinton Fair, Exhibit Projects in the Indoor Exhibition Hall
September 6-8: Litchfield Fair, Exhibit Projects in the Indoor Exhibition Hall. Animal Commodity Shows and September 7: Horse Show.
September 14-29: The Big E/Eastern States Exposition, Regional, Multi-State 4-H Competitions. Animal Commodities travel down in teams to compete. Non-animal projects are also able to compete. Public Speaking team will travel to participate in the pod science workshops.
September 14: Maine Day & 4-H Day at the Big E, Parade and Bus to go down with family. Contact Jessica.Brainerd@maine.edu for more information.
September 18: Leader’s Association Meeting (Note: 3rd Wednesday this month), 6:30-8:15 p.m., Extension Office.
September 30: End of 4-H Year
October 6-12: National 4-H Week/ National Youth Science Day
October 9: Kennebec County Extension Executive Committee Meeting. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Extension Office
November 6: Leader’s Association Meeting, 6:30 -8:15 p.m., Extension Office. Election of Officers.
November 15: 990N Forms due to IRS (forms can be submitted July-November)
November 30: Club Plan of Work and End of Year Report/Financial Records due to Extension office due for next 4-H Year to Extension office (Club Leaders).
November 30: Club Enrollments due to Extension office (for all Members and Volunteers).
November 30: Project Records due to Extension office (4-H Members)
December 7: Kennebec County Extension Executive Committee Annual Meeting.
January 1: Deadline for purchase of 4-H Beef Steers
January 4: Intent to Participate in Eastern States Exposition are due to Kennebec Office for Beef
Early February: Annual Awards Banquet