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Upcoming Events and Important Dates
June 18 KLLA Meeting 6pm
June 30 4-H Animal Approval and Lease forms due (some commodity exceptions; refer to https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/) – Find tips on filling out these forms in an article below.
June 23-28 4-H Teen Camp, Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center (register today!)
July 1 Apply for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insurance
July 15 Last day to sign up with Extension office for Union Fair 4-H Club Exhibit space
July 16 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, 4-H Yurt, Union Fairgrounds
July 19-21 ESE Horse Tryouts, Skowhegan Fairgrounds
July 19-21 Maine 4-H Days, Windsor Fairgrounds
July 30 Deadline to submit your club’s Gift Basket theme (contact Cindy Rogers)
July 30 Union Fair 4-H Livestock Show (Horse, Rabbit, Small Domestic Pet, Working Steer) entry forms due at the Extension office
July 30 Union Fair 4-H Individual Exhibition Yurt entry forms due at the Extension office
Happy Birthday to Cole Casas, Alexandria Rounds, Zoe Baker, Kylee Cocks, Sophia Lichti, Elizabeth Eaton, and Olivia Richmond!
The 4-H Program of Knox and Lincoln Counties would like to congratulate two 4-H members who have graduated from High School in 2019: Aspen Dyer and Crystal Miller. We wish you both the best in your future endeavors!
4-H Scholarship Recipients Named
Two Knox-Lincoln 4-H members were presented with post-secondary scholarships at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Maine 4-H Foundation at the University of Maine, held in Augusta. Congratulations to Savannah Dube of the Jolly Farmers 4-H Club, the recipient of the Oxton Trust 4-H Scholarship, awarded annually to a 4-H member from Knox or Lincoln County by the KL 4-H Leaders’ Association. Savannah will be studying Nutrition at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine.
Congratulations also goes out to Aspen Dyer of the Muddy Mustangs 4-H Club, who received a scholarship through the Maine 4-H Foundation from Lafayette Hotels. Aspen plans to study Biology and Animal Science at Davidson College in North Carolina, with plans to practice Veterinary Medicine.
4-H Teen Camp at Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center
Building on the success of last year’s program, 4-H Teen Camp at Tanglewood will once again be offered to any currently enrolled Maine 4-H teen, ages 13-18, during the first week of Summer Camp, June 23-28, 2019. Check-in is 2:30-3:30 pm on Sunday & Closing Ceremony is 3 pm on Friday, but if you need to come later in the week or leave earlier please let Sara or Alisha know. The cost to attend is just $75 for the week! 4-H Teen Camp will focus on building life skills of cooperation, teamwork, and leadership that youth can bring back to their clubs, while also giving teens the chance to enjoy all that Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center in Lincolnville, Maine has to offer.
Space is very limited, so register TODAY! https://www.ultracamp.com/info/sessionDetail.aspx?idCamp=780&idSession=216242&campCode=nuj. Use code SUMMIT (all caps) to register. Questions about 4-H Teen Camp, please contact Sara Conant, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-781-6099 or Alisha Targonski, email@example.com, 207.622.7546. For more information or questions about Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center, or camp registration please call 207.789.5868.
Clubs/Community Groups Sought as 4-H Farm-to-Fair Volunteers
Do you know any community groups, civic organizations or businesses that might offer volunteer groups for our 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit at Union Fair in August? Does your club want to take a shift? Shifts are each day of the fair, 11am-2pm and 2-5pm. Please contact Kathryn or Cindy Kathryn.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 207.832.0343.
2019 Union Fair Important Information
The 2019 4-H Union Fair Information Booklet is now available on the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension website. Click here to view and download: https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/union-fair/ This is where you will find information, guidelines and entry forms you will need for entering 4-H Exhibits and Animal Shows at Union Fair. The same information will also be included in Union Fair’s Premium Book.
Tips for Filling Out the 4-H Animal Approval Form
Any youth age 9-18 who plans to participate in 4-H livestock shows in 2019 must complete and submit an Approval Form for 4-H Animal Show. If a member is leasing an animal to show, a Maine 4-H Contract for Rental/Lease of All Animals is also required. Animal Approval forms are NOT required for showing rabbits, poultry or small domestic pets (except dogs, which DO require the Animal Approval form). Both of these forms can be downloaded at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/resources/forms/ and are due June 30 for MOST commodities. Please refer to the 4-H Animal Science Resources (https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/) for information specific to your commodity.
When filling out your Animal Approval Form, please keep the following in mind:
-When downloading, be sure to select “shrink to fit page” so that information is not cut off the edges.
-Print form 2-sided.
-Your club leader (or advisor for independent member) must sign on the line immediately after last entry in the list of animals. Be sure to leave time for this before the due date.
-2-sided, signed ORIGINAL forms must be received at your county Extension office no later than the due date. 4-H staff will keep original for office records and return an official, embossed photocopy to you. This embossed copy is what you will need to have with you each time you participate in a 4-H livestock show.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your club leader or 4-H staff.
Plan Your 4-H Club Exhibit—Independents, too!
4-H Club Exhibits at Union Fair may be submitted by 4-H clubs and pairs or groups of independent members enrolled in Knox or Lincoln Counties. Any club or sub-group within a Knox-Lincoln club can enter a club exhibit. Independent members can work together with other independents on one exhibit. For current guidelines, check the Union Fair Information Booklet: https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/union-fair/. To reserve exhibit space, please contact Cindy Rogers at 207-832-0343 or firstname.lastname@example.org by July 15, 2019.
Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors Membership Requirement
Anyone showing livestock at Maine fairs who cannot show proof of a farm insurance policy (with the exhibitor’s name on the certificate) with a coverage level the same as or better than that offered by MALE is required to prove current membership in MALE. Apply online for an individual or a family, making sure that you are applying for the for 2019-2020 season. If you require a printed application, contact MALE and make sure you are given the 2019-2020 application. Apply by July 1 so you will receive your membership card in time for Union Fair.
Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest
Get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2019! Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up who brings one or more single photographs (not photo stories/collages) to be entered into the Exhibition Yurt at Union Fair will be asked if they wish to also be entered into the photography contest. Entries (whether entered in Union Fair or not) will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro through September 30, 2019. Members can enter photos taken between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. Go to https://extension.umaine.edu/knox-lincoln/4h/photography-contest/ for more information, or contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or email@example.com.
Gift Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair
This year’s fundraiser raffle at Union Fair to benefit Knox-Lincoln 4-H will once again feature themed gift baskets filled with quality items donated or made by KL 4-H clubs. Each club is asked to come up with a theme for the club basket and notify Cindy Rogers (207.832.0343, firstname.lastname@example.org) of the theme by July 30. Then the club should fill a large basket or other container with items relating to the theme as a prize for the raffle. We ask that these items be new and high-quality or handmade by 4-H club members, with a total basket value of at least $50.
Ideas for a basket might be a pet care basket, a jams and jellies basket, a scrapbooking basket, a family games basket, a Made in Maine basket…etc. Remember that the basket should appeal to a broad public audience, not necessarily matching your club’s focus. Think about what will sell lots of tickets!
Independent members and volunteers: please contribute items to your choice of 2 baskets, both of which are located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office:
1. Kitchen Basket (above left)–We’ve started with 2 pieces of cookware, a spatula set, glass measuring cups, chef’s knife. Ideas for items to add: recipes, an apron, dish cloths, gadgets, etc.
2. Lunch-on-the-Go Basket (above right)-We have an insulated backpack and two smaller insulated lunch bags (with food containers inside) and a steel water bottle. Ideas for items to add: napkins, non-perishable snacks, utensils, small freezer packs, etc.
Sign Up for Cloverbud Demonstrations
Cloverbud 4-H members (4-H age 5-8 years) may participate in a non-competitive animal or non-animal “demonstration show” in the Livestock Show Ring at Union Fair on Saturday, August 24.
Animal Demonstrations: Cloverbud animal demonstrations may be done with a rabbit, dog, poultry, kid goat, non-market lamb, piglet, or small calf. One-on-one supervision by an adult or older teen with at least 3 years of experience maintaining primary control of the animal is required. Older 4-H members or adults will interview the younger children while they are demonstrating.
All animal and non-animal demonstrations must be approved by 4-H staff prior to the fair. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.832.0343 to sign up for demonstrations by August 5, 2019. See Union Fair Information Book for details.
State 4-H Office Core Newsletter
Register Now for Maine 4-H Days: Maine 4-H Days will take place July 19 – 21 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. Get ready for a fun-filled weekend full of exciting Enrichment & Livestock activities! From Tie-Dye to Relay Races; Fairy Gardens to Composting; Meet an Alpaca or sign up for Poultry Camp – Registration is now open, and workshops are filling up fast! Go to https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/maine-4h-days/. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at email@example.com or 207.581.3877.
4-H Camp Opportunities for Children of Military Families: There are numerous wonderful programs being offered to children of military families through special grant programs. These Adventure Camps are sponsored by the Department of Defense to provide quality outdoor experiences for children of Service Members in the active, reserve, or guard components. Specific questions about eligibility should be made to the Tanglewood office at 207.789.5868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs are designed to build self-esteem, trust, teamwork, friendships, skill building, and appreciation of nature through outdoor adventures. Staff of UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Centers and key outdoor education and adventure partners lead camps. Open sessions for ages 14-8 include: Ocean Adventure (6/25-6/28 and 6/30-7/5), Coastal STEM Challenge (6/23-6/28 and 6/30-7/5), and for ages 8-14, Make and Create STEM Challenge (7/28-8/2). Learn more at: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/tanglewood-lincolnville/4-h-military-partnership-youth-programs/. Register at: https://extension.umaine.edu/tanglewood/registration/.