September 2018

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

September 14-30 Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, MA

September 18 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, 4-H Exhibition Yurt, Union Fairgrounds

September 30 Project Records due

September 30 KL 4-H Photography Contest entries due

September 30 Award Nominations due

October 1 Start of 4-H year 2019

October 3-14 Fall 2018 Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Stores

October 15 Oxton Trust applications due

October 16 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

November 3 2018 4-H Achievement Celebration, 4:30-6:30pm, Masonic Lodge, Warren

September Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Phoebe Hartley, Magdelena Mills, Scarlett Abbott, Chloe Bryant, Greta Bishop, Katie Walker, Jordan Overlock, and Jordan Farrin!

Youth Helpers at 4-H Farm-to-Fair a Huge Help!

Thank you to all four youth who participated in our 4-H Farm-to-Fair Youth Helpers scholarship program this year at Union Fair. Your help and leadership were greatly appreciated! 4-H Professional, Kathryn Jensen, reports that you all helped make her first Union Fair experience a very positive one. Many comments were also given by fair goers and adult volunteers about the professionalism and depth of knowledge you all showed the public throughout the 8-day fair. Thank you again to Jeremy Dube, Nathan Dube, Savannah Dube and Sadie Olmsted.

Memories of Union Fair 2018

See more photos on the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Facebook page!

4-H member with hen

Club Exhibits at Union Fair

Four clubs/groups from Knox and Lincoln Counties submitted Club Exhibits for judging this year at Union Fair: Jolly Farmers Poultry, Sheep and Rabbit groups and Aldermere Achievers. The three Jolly Farmers groups earned the top scores and will each receive a $35 premium from KLLA. The Aldermere Achievers will receive $10. Congratulations to all and thank you for participating. We would love to see more clubs enter in 2019!

KLLA Gift Basket Raffle Winners!

The winners of the Gift Basket Raffle at Union Fair were: First Aid-Roy Andrews, Camping-John Kramer, Bird Feeder #1-Rainey Jackson, Bird Feeder #2-Diane Hoppe, Lasagna-Leah Libby, Around the House-Rick Dodge, and Movie Night-Brandy Perkins. Congratulations all! Thank you to our 4-H members, leaders and families for selling and purchasing tickets, and for donating great prizes! Also, a big thanks to the Thomaston Tractor Supply Co. Store, which donated several bird feeders to 4-H. The Gift Basket Raffle added $459.00 to KLLA’s treasury for supporting 4-H programs in Knox and Lincoln Counties!

Nominations Sought for 4-H Awards

During the fair season, a few outstanding 4-Hers may be chosen to receive the 4-H Character Award. This honor may be awarded to a 4-Her who carries out his or her project and who treats other 4-H members, fair colleagues, spectators and their animals (when applicable) according to the six pillars of character:
Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Fairness and Citizenship.

Nominations for the 2018 4-H Character Award, may be submitted to Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or via email by September 30, 2018. The form is posted here:

Project and Activity Records Due September 30

Don’t forget to complete and turn in your Project Records and Cloverbud Activity Records for judging by September 30 so that you can be recognized for your year of project work. Judged records will be returned and awards announced at the 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on November 3. The interactive 4-H Project Record and Cloverbud Activity Record forms, as well as printable versions and instructions can be found at

Hold the Date: November 3

Plan to attend the 2018 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Celebration on Saturday, November 3, 4:30-6:30pm at the Masonic Lodge on Route 90 in Warren. This will be a gala evening with dinner and recognition of the hard work and accomplishments of our 4-H members. You won’t want to miss it!

Enter the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

It’s time to get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2018! Be sure to look back at photos you took in the winter and fall so that we have a variety of seasons and subjects represented.

Any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up can enter. Entries will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro until September 30, 2018. Entry forms and contest rules can be found at For more information contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or

My Experience at All About the Dogs Camp

Hello, my name is Sadie Olmsted and I got a scholarship from the Knox-Lincoln Leaders Association to attend the All About the Dogs Weekend in New Boston, NH. I have gone to the All About the Dogs Weekend for a total of 3 years. It is a very fun and informational camp.

When I arrived the first day I checked in, had dinner, and attended a couple of clinics on Dog Body Language and Agility Orientation. After that I took my dog, Cooper to an agility workshop, where l taught him how to do weave poles, a tire jump, etc.

The next day was filled with fun workshops all day including Farm Dog, Agility, Showmanship, Crafts and more!

The day after that was Agility, a couple workshops and the Awards Ceremony. After the awards ceremony we packed up and came home.

Thank-you Knox-Lincoln Leaders Association for giving me this opportunity.     —Sadie Olmsted

Oxton Trust Applications Due for Winter/Spring

Through the generosity and foresight of Robert Oxton, the Oxton Trust Fund was established to support 4-H youth development programs and activities in Knox and Lincoln Counties. The funds are available annually, with application deadlines of May 15 (for funds to be used June-November), and October 15 (for funds to be used December-May). Grants may be awarded for 4-H youth development programs and projects falling into one of the following areas: leadership, youth development and special programs. Applications can be submitted by 4-H staff, volunteers or members enrolled in the Knox and Lincoln Counties 4-H program. The application form is available at the Extension office in Waldoboro. The deadline to apply for the current round of funding is October 15, 2018.

Raise Funds for Your Club and County at Tractor Supply Event!

The Fall 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co. Stores will take place October 3-14. During this time, TSC customers can purchase paper clovers at the register for $1 each to support 4-H nationally and (from the Thomaston store) in our counties! We encourage clubs and independents to participate in this event at the Thomaston TSC store. It’s been proven that in-store participation with 4-Hers increases donations! Hold a bake sale, do an animal or science demonstration, or provide a carry-out service for customers any time during this campaign. Use your creativity! Contact Cindy Rogers AND the store manager if you are planning to participate.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

4-H National Youth Science Day in Maine: This year’s NYSD experiment is “Code Your World” and is based in computer science. No prior experience with computer science is needed—we promise!  Here are some things you may be interested to know. Want to learn more about leading “Code Your World” with your 4-H club or at a community event? Join us for a train the-trainer workshop offered via Zoom on September 26.  Times are either 2:00-3:30 pm or 7:00-8:30 pm. This training is open to staff, volunteers, teen leaders, and community partners interested in leading the ‘Code Your World’ experiment. RSVP here. If you are interested in being kept up to date as more trainings/events are scheduled, sign up here and we will include you on our contact list.

Fryeburg Fair Challenge: Fryeburg Fair will be from September 30 to October 7 this year. The Maine 4-H Foundation will have a booth once again on the fairgrounds designed to raise funds for 4-H agriculture education. If the Foundation can raise $10,000, the Maine 4-H Foundation will receive another matching grant from Fryeburg Fair for $10,000!  This is where volunteers and 4-H Members can help.  We can use volunteers and clubs in the booth and around the booth helping to raise funds.  If you are willing to help, please call Susan at 615-7300 for details.

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show Open to All Maine 4-H Dog Project Members: The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held on Friday, September 28, 3:30 pm at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Rd, Cumberland, ME 04062. This show is open to all Maine 4-H members between the ages of 9 and 18, enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project as of April 1, regardless of prior show experience. Showmanship (Novice through Advanced) and Obedience (Pre-Novice though Graduate Novice) are the primary award-winning classes. There will also be a fun, non-competitive obstacle class. All classes are judged using the Danish System and all award-winning classes come with a ribbon and premium. Registration is closed.  Questions, please contact Sara Conant,, 207-781-6099.