Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter-July 2022

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

July 15 Last day to sign up with Extension office for 4-H Cloverbud Demonstration

July 15 Last day to sign up for Club Exhibit space

July 15 Last day to declare your club’s Gift Basket theme for the Union Fair raffle

July 25 Individual and Club Exhibits accepted at 4-H Exhibition Yurt, 5-7pm, Union Fairgrounds

July 26 Individual and Club Exhibits accepted at 4-H Exhibition Yurt, 4-7pm, Union Fairgrounds

July 27-31 UNION FAIR

August 9 KLLA Meeting, 6:00pm, Union Fairgrounds & online

4-H Schedule at Union Fair

10:00am-12 noon, 1:00pm-3:00pm 4-H Farm-to-Fair Exhibit open (4-H Barn Area)
10:00am-6:00pm  4-H Exhibition Yurt open

Wednesday, July 27
8:00am-12 noon  Judging of Individual 4-H Exhibits (Yurt closed)
9:00am  4-H Horse Show (Riding Ring)Projects in 4-H Exhibition Hall
12 noon  4-H Exhibition Yurt opens

Thursday, July 28
9:00am   4-H Rabbit Show (4-H Barn Area)
4:00pm   4-H Small Domestic Pet Show (Sherman Park)

Saturday, July 30
8:30am  4-H Working Steer Show (Pulling Ring)

Sunday, July 31
9:00am   4-H Cloverbud Demonstrations (Livestock Show Ring)
2:00pm-6:00pm   Exhibits must be removed from Yurt

July Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Sabrinnah D. and Grace J.!

Help Wanted: Union Fair Volunteer Opportunities

As always, there will be many opportunities at Union Fair 2022 to help your 4-H program. In addition to livestock show days that you may already be participating in, entry passes will be provided for days that you sign up to help. 2-hour shifts are available, and adults and youth can help out.

Two places where we need the most people to take shifts during the fair are at 4-H Farm-to-Fair and at the 4-H Exhibition Yurt. Sign up as an individual, a family, or a club! You DO NOT need leader certification to volunteer in these positions and youth can sign up as well. Invite your friends and family! Contact, 207.832.0343.

Sign Up for Cloverbud Demonstrations by July 15

child, goat and adultCloverbud 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 Sunday, July 31 at 9am.

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 or or call 207.832.0343 to sign up for demonstrations by July 15.

Gift Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair

We are bringing back the gift basket raffle at Union Fair! The raffle, which benefits 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 nShelf full of raffle prizesotify Cindy Rogers (207.832.0343, of the theme by July 15. 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 3 baskets, all of which are located at the Knox-Lincoln UMaine Extension office:

  1. Kitchen BasketWe’ve started with an electric counter-top grill and a glass canister set. Ideas for items to add: spatulas, tongs, seasonings, recipes, an apron, dish cloths, etc.
  2. Picnic BasketWe have a 9”x13” baking pan with an insulated tote/carrier and a pop-up food cover. Ideas for items to add: reusable food containers, napkins, tablecloth, non-perishable snacks, utensils, picnic recipes, etc.
  3. Hiking Adventure Basket-We have a hammer multi-tool and binoculars. Ideas for items to add: reusable water bottle, bandana, flashlight, batteries, small first aid kit, compass, etc.
katydid on a leaf
Katydid by Arora E.

Enter the 2022 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

Start taking photos for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2022! The top photos per age category will be exhibited in the 4-H Gallery at the Knox-Lincoln Extension office.

This contest is open to any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2022. Members can enter up to four photos taken between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. Find entry information on the KL Photo Contest webpage. Contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or if you have questions.

4-H SPIN Club at Rockland Public Library—Changing Oceans

Librarian and 4H positive youth development volunteer Jessie Blanchard joins STEM expert and educator Carney McCrae to bring you “oceans” of summer science fun! “Changing Oceans” is a five-part program designed for youth 8 and up to learn about the life, science, and beauty of the Gulf of Maine, and the impacts of climate change. All sessions will include STEM learning activities, crafts, and resources for further action. Kids are welcome to drop-in to any session but are encouraged to attend all five. All sessions are on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 PM. Contact the library for more information: 207.594.0310,

Fridays on the Farm is Back!

You are invited to join Maine 4-H staff for Fridays on the Farm, a series of hands-on learning experiences for Maine teens. In this series of farm tours in July and August, participants will explore possible careers in agriculture, learn about the Maine Food System, and practice real-life farm skills. Participants may join one, or all of the farm visits. 4-H enrollment is not a requirement for participation, so share this opportunity with your friends! All youth ages 12-18 are welcome to participate. For more information on the available farm tours or to register visit the Fridays on the Farm webpage.

  • Rustic Roots Farm, Farmington, ME – July 15
  • Morning Glory Farms, Bethel, ME – July 22
  • Brigeen Farms, Turner, ME – August 5
  • Spruce Farm, Dedham, ME- August 5
  • Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, Somerville, ME- August 12
  • McDougal Orchards, Springvale, ME- August 19

EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Frozen Strawberry Sandwiches

By Debbie Barnett, EFNEP CEA in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties—

It’s summer in Maine, and whether you are at the lake, the mountains, camping, or enjoying time in your own backyard, there is nothing better than barbecue. Nothing tastes quite as good as a burger cooked on a grill or some amazing crispy chicken. Do you need a quick, refreshing dessert after a day out barbequing? Our Frozen Strawberry Sandwiches are an amazing treat to finish off that BBQ!

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.

4-H Summer Learning Series

After an incredibly successful 4-H Summer Learning Series over the past two years, Maine 4-H will once again offer virtual experiential learning workshops and clubs to youth ages 5-18 from July 5-August 5, 2022. Planning is still taking place, but topics in previous years have ranged from engineering, art, science, animals & agriculture, food & nutrition, teen leadership, and more.

Help us spread the word to your friends and communities – enrollment in 4-H is not required to participate, this event is open to all! For more information, visit the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage.

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. Fill out this short survey about Collegiate 4-H to let us know if you think you might be interested!