Knox-Lincoln 4-H Newsletter—June 2022

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

June 1 Apply ASAP for Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) membership/insuranceBe sure to apply for the 2022-2023 membership year

June 6 Deadline to register for Adulting 101 SPIN Club

June 10 NEW DATE Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent form due

June 21 4-H Union Fair Prep Party #1, 4-7pm, Union Fairgrounds

June 21 NEW DATE KLLA Meeting, 6:30pm, Union Fairgrounds & online

June 30 4-H Animal Approval and Lease forms due (some commodity exceptions)—Find tips on filling out these forms in an article below.

June 30 Union Fair 4-H Livestock Show (Rabbit, Small Domestic Pet, Working Steer) entry forms due at the Extension office

June 30 Union Fair 4-H Individual Exhibition Yurt entry forms due at the Extension office

July 13 Union Fair 4-H Horse Show entry forms due at the Extension office

July TBD 4-H Union Fair Prep Party #2, 4-7pm, Union Fairgrounds

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

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

June Birthdays4-H graduation honor cord

Happy Birthday to Zoe B. and Calvin C.!

Congratulations Knox-Lincoln Graduates!

4-H of Knox and Lincoln Counties would like to congratulate three 4-H members who will graduate from High School in 2022: Julia B. of the Aldermere Achievers, Jeremy D. of the Jolly Farmers, and Britney J. of the Aldermere Achievers! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

4-H Camp Day at Blueberry Cove

Knox-Lincoln 4-H members and volunteers met at Blueberry Cove 4-H Camp & Learning Center on May 14 for a day at camp! We took photos, explored the grounds, including the beach, and made blueberry sorbet. It was considerably cooler at the camp than in other parts of Maine on that day, which was very welcome! Thanks to the families that came to camp!

kids petting goats girl climbing a hill using a ropekids cooking sorbet

Summer Camp Opportunities

Visit the Summer University Youth Programs’ Youth Summer Camps page to learn about a huge variety of camp experiences available to youth. From our traditional 4-H Camp and Learning Centers to camps that focus on Academics, Art, Music, or Sports, there is something for everyone. Financial help is available for 4-H members:

Maine 4-H Foundation Summer Camp Scholarships

The Maine 4-H Foundation has a limited number of scholarships for 4-H members for Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, Greenland Point, and Tanglewood These scholarships are applied by the camp when you register and pay the deposit for camp. Scholarships are available from $50 to $200 depending on the camp expenses and needs.

4-H Camp and Program Scholarships

The Knox-Lincoln 4-H Leaders’ Association offers scholarships to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to be used to attend educational camps and programs. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as they are submitted, through the summer of 2022, or until available funds run out. Download the 4-H Camp/Program Scholarship application or request a paper copy by contacting Pamela Doherty at 207.832.0343 (in Maine 800.244.2104) or

Congratulations 4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helpers!

Two Youth Helpers and one alternate have been selected to assist staff and adult volunteers in overseeing the operation of the 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibit at Union Fair 2022. Congratulations to 2022 Youth Helpers Arianna C. and Anthony D., and alternate Sabrinnah D.! We look forward to working with you this summer.

These designated Youth Helpers will be working toward scholarship funds to participate in programs such as Citizenship Washington Focus, 4-H National Congress, 4-H National Conference, and Leadership Development Programs at Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, Greenland Point or Bryant Pond 4-H Camps.

4-H member assisting child at 4-H Farm-to-Fair exhibitClubs/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 July? Does your club want to take a shift? Individuals welcome, too! Shifts are each day of the fair, July 27-31, 10am-12 noon and 1-3pm. Please contact Cindy, 207.832.0343.

Get Ready for Union Fair!

With a new earlier date, don’t miss any deadlines for participating in Union Fair July 27-31, 2022.

Download the 2022 4-H Union Fair Information Booklet from the Extension website, or request it be emailed to you. Paper copies are available at the Extension office upon request.

Tips for Filling Out the 4-H Animal Approval Form

Any 4-H youth age 9-18 who plans to participate in 4-H livestock shows in 2022 must complete and submit an Approval Form for 4-H Animal Shows. 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). Animal Approval and Rental/Lease forms can be downloaded and are due June 30 for MOST commodities. Please refer to the 4-H 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.

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 a Maine Associataion of Livestock Exhibitors membership for an individual or a family, making sure that you are applying for the for 2022-2023 season. If you require a printed application, contact MALE and make sure you are given the 2022-2023 application. Apply ASAP so you will receive your membership card in time for Union Fair. The cost of this membership is $25 for an individual, $50 for a family.

Union Fair Volunteer Opportunities4-H yurt and garden

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. (Read about the 4-H Union Fair Prep Parties below for one way to help!)

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.

Come to One or Both 4-H Union Fair Prep Parties

Help get the 4-H areas of Union Fairgrounds ready for Union Fair 2022! We are planning to have two Prep Parties this year, the first on Tuesday, June 21, 4-7pm, the second date in July will be announced soon. If you can, bring rakes, shovels, and cleaning supplies, although some will be available. Dinner and water will be provided at the end of each session. Sign up to help on June 21 by contacting Cindy, 832.0343.

Photo of embryology 4-H exhibitPlan 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. To reserve exhibit space, please contact Cindy Rogers at 207-832-0343 or by July 15, 2022.

Gift Basket Fundraiser for KLLA at Union Fair

Shelf full of raffle prizesWe 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 notify 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.

    lupin plant
    photo by P. Dyer

Plan to 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. Entry information will be coming soon. In the meantime, keep snapping those great photos! Contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or if you have questions.

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.

Early registration will be available to enrolled 4-H’ers on Friday, June 3, 2022 and will open to the public the following Monday, June 6. 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.

Fryeburg Market Lamb Intent Forms—Deadline Change

Youth planning to participate in the market lamb program at Fryeburg Fair need to submit a 2022 Fryeburg Fair Market Lamb Intent to Sell form by June 10. The lamb’s tag number and bill of sale must accompany the intent form. Market lambs must be owned and in the possession of the 4-H member by June 1, 2022. Please contact your local Cooperative Extension office with any questions or to obtain a printed copy of the form.

Adulting 101: 4-H Virtual Club

Are you a teen worried about impending adulthood? Do you want to know how to find answers to your questions about money, jobs, and roommates? Consider joining the Adulting 101 SPIN Club! Over the course of six meetings, we will learn some basic adult skills, including how to manage stress, interview for a job, and take advantage of existing resources in your community. Each week will cover a different topic: life/work balance and stress management; saving, spending, and credit; nutrition on a budget; resumes and interviews; rent and roommates; and a topic chosen by the participants! Access to a computer is required for participants, a smartphone won’t be sufficient.

Youth ages 13-18 need to register for Adulting 101 by June 6 for this club which will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays June 22-July 27 from 4:00-5:30 pm.

Maine 4-H Virtual Learning Hub

Maine 4-H Virtual Learning is a hands-on, virtual learning program for youth ages 5-18. Workshops will be organized by age and topic. Topics include engineering, science, animals and agriculture, teen leadership, and more. Workshops will range from single-time events to short-term programs (typically four to six sessions). Participants will engage in hands-on activities, interact with other 4-Hers, and be positive adult role models. No prior experience with 4-H is required to participate. This is a great way for those who are interested to learn more about 4-H.

Check out the upcoming 4-H Virtual Learning Programs we have planned in the coming months.

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Presenter? Visit the Become a Volunteer Presenter page for more information and to complete an interest form.

Read what 4-H Parents, Youth, and Teachers have to say about these 4-H Virtual Learning offerings: Visit the 4-H Parents, Youth, Teachers: Stories and Testimonials page.

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

Save the Date for the Maine 4-H State Dairy Show

The Maine 4-H State Dairy show will be July 22-24 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. The event is open to all Maine 4-H dairy project members 4-H ages 9 and above. In addition to the 4-H dairy show, the event includes a 4-H dairy fitting contest, grilled cheese contest, and educational workshops. For additional information and a schedule of events please visit our webpage.

Upcoming 4-H Working Steer Events

Save the date for upcoming 4-H working steer shows! In order to qualify and be a part of the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, you must attend two of the three tryouts. The tryout events are:

Saturday, July 9 at Ossipee Valley Fair
Saturday, July 23 at Windsor Fairgrounds
Thursday, August 11 at Skowhegan Fair

Click for more information on upcoming 4-H working steer events and the Maine ESE Working Steer Team, or contact Sadee Mehuren at 207.342.5971 or

Animal Science Health, Nutrition, and Parasite Prevention Panel

Join us at the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab, 9 Depot Street in Bridgton, on July 9, at 10:00 am for a free workshop. Learn from a panel of veterinarians and nutrition experts on the health and wellness of animals. From your dog and backyard goats to poultry and large livestock. Don McLean, DVM and Paul G. Rudenberg, DVM will provide information followed by a question-and-answer session to help you keep your animals safe and well. Contact for more information.

EFNEP Recipe of the Month: Massaged Kale Salad!

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

Summer is finally here! School is out, and it’s time to gear up for picnics, barbecues, and cookouts. For this month’s EFNEP Recipe of the Month we have a delicious Massaged Kale Salad recipe that is the perfect side dish for any occasion. When you massage the kale, it becomes tender and aromatic. You can even change up the fruit with whatever is in season. Even the youngest family members can help with this recipe by massaging the kale! For more delicious recipes, check out our UMaine EFNEP Mainely Dish Video Series.

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.