September 2019

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Upcoming Events and Important Dates

September 13-29 Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, MA

September 30 KL 4-H Photography Contest entries due

September 30 Project Records due

October 1 Start of 4-H year 2020

October 9-20 Fall 2019 Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Stores

October 11 Award Nominations due from leaders

October 15 KLLA Meeting, 6pm, Extension office

November 3 2019 4-H Achievement Celebration, 2-4pm, Knox-Lincoln Extension office

September Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Phoebe H., Taylor G., Victory S., Katie W., and Jordan O.!

Knox-Lincoln at the Big E!

The following Knox-Lincoln 4-H members will be participating at Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts. Best of luck to all!

Beef Team: Elizabeth E., Adam E.
Communication Science Team: Nathan D.,  Jeremy D., Sadie O., Julia B.
New England Center Science Pods: Savannah D., Sabrinnah D., Anna P.

Memories of Union Fair 2019

 Club Exhibits at Union Fair

Two clubs from Knox and Lincoln Counties submitted Club Exhibits for judging this year at Union Fair. The Jolly Farmers created a display about bicycle safety. The Aldermere Achievers gave step-by-step instruction for tying a halter. Both clubs received a blue ribbon for their exhibits. The People’s Choice award went to the Jolly Farmers. Each club will receive a $35 premium from Union Fair. Congratulations to all and thank you for participating!

KLLA Gift Basket Raffle

The 2019 Gift Basket Raffle at Union Fair was a huge success! 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 Tractor Supply Co. Store in Thomaston, which donated several bird feeders and Western clothing to 4-H. The Gift Basket Raffle added $822.00 to KLLA’s treasury. In addition, $58.28 in cash donations and $11.10 in returnable bottles were collected at the yurt during the fair. All of this will support 4-H programs in Knox and Lincoln Counties!

4-H Farm-to-Fair 2019

Thank you to Jeremy D. and Nathan D., 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! Not only did they each cover eight shifts, but they also helped create a new iteration of the Fiber Barn and re-wrote volunteer scripts for all stations of the exhibit. Many comments were given by fair goers and adult volunteers about the professionalism and depth of knowledge you both showed the public throughout the 8-day fair.

Of course, several 4-H members and leaders also stepped up to volunteer at 4-H Farm-to-Fair. Thank you all for your continued support! As 4-H Farm-to-Fair provided educational value to the public, the public showed their appreciation in the form of donations totaling $1168.50 in support of the program!

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 2019 4-H Character Award, may be submitted to Knox-Lincoln Extension Office, 377 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572 or via email by September 30, 2019. The form is posted here:

Leader nominations for the following individual and club awards are due October 11: Team Player, Treasurer, Secretary, Community Service, Leadership, Citizenship, Katherine Watier Green Award. The nomination forms for these awards will be emailed to primary club leaders.

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 Project Record form and Cloverbud Activity Record form and instructions can be found at

Hold the Date: November 3

Plan to attend the 2019 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Achievement Awards Celebration on Sunday, November 3, 2-4pm at the Knox-Lincoln Extension office in Waldoboro. It is time to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our 4-H members with awards and an hors d’ouevres soirée!  Details to come. You won’t want to miss it!

Enter the 2019 Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photo Contest

Get your entries ready for the Knox-Lincoln 4-H Photography Contest 2019! Open to any Knox-Lincoln 4-H member age 9 and up. Entries will be accepted at the KL Extension office in Waldoboro through September 30, 2019. Members can enter up to three photos taken between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. Go to for more information, or contact Cindy Rogers at 207.832.0343 or

Animal Science Resources Available

In order to provide more support for youth enrolled in animal science projects, UMaine 4-H has provided each county office a set of resources from Ohio State University that leaders and members may borrow for use in their 4-H programs. The Knox-Lincoln office now has a single copy of five different 4-H animal science resource publications on the following projects: Beef, Dog, Goat (combined meat and dairy), Horse, and Sheep. These resources are widely used in 4-H programs and are highly recommended for youth and volunteers. Come in to the office during our normal business hours to take a look at these publications

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

The Fall 2019 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply Co. Stores will take place October 9-20. During this time, TSC customers can purchase paper clovers at the register for $1 each to support 4-H nationally and in our counties! We encourage clubs and independents to participate in this event at the TSC store closest to you. 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 the store manager if you are planning to participate at your local store.

A Word From Camp Scholarship Recipients

KLLA makes funds available annually to Knox-Lincoln 4-H members to help with the cost of camps and other learning experiences. Two recipients of scholarships from KLLA tell us about the programs they experienced.

I started riding at Hill-N-Dale Farm at the end of September, 2018. I started to really like riding so I did Pony Camp.

When I first started camp I knew most of the girls, but I made more friends. We learned why we had to take rocks out of paddocks; for example, a horse could trip and fall. We also learned about different breeds of horses, like bay, dark bay, chestnut, and gray. We got to have lunch on a hill and watch other people ride. We would also have group and private riding lessons. I made a really good friend. She rode the horse I would ride. His name is Echo. We would clean his stall, dump and scrub the water bucket. There would be times when all the camp girls would take manure out of the riding ring. Then we would play games like hide and seek, red light-green light, and tag.

Hill-N-Dale Farm has been a great experience so far. Pony camp has reinforced my LOVE of horses, especially Echo.                                         —Teah H.

Dear Knox and Lincoln Leaders Association,

Thank you for giving me the camp scholarship. I was able to go to Citizenship Washington Focus, which is a leadership camp based outside of Washington, D.C. In the week that I was there, I had the time of my life. Not only did I see the monuments around D.C., I also saw how the government works. Once we got back to the 4-H Center that we were staying at, we went to leadership workshops and had our own mock congressional session. If it were not for the scholarship, I would have never been able to go. It was a life-changing experience and I am glad I had the chance to go to D.C. Thank you for this opportunity!                         —Savannah D.

State 4-H Office Core Newsletter

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog & Rabbit Shows Open to All Maine 4-Hers: The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held Friday, September 27, 3:30pm at the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Rd, Cumberland, Maine 04062 (Directions). This show is open to all Maine 4-H members between the ages of 9 to 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.

The Cumberland Fair 4-H Rabbit Show will be held Saturday, September 28, 9:00am at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. This show is open to all Maine 4-H members between the ages of 5 to 18, enrolled in the 4-H Rabbit Project as of April 1, regardless of prior show experience. Showmanship classes for Cloverbuds (demonstration only), Juniors, Intermediates, and Seniors will be offered.

For more information about either show, visit the Cumberland Fair 4-H Information page. Questions, please contact Sara Conant,, 207.781.6099.