4-H in Washington County, July 2019

Volume 14, Issue 7

Dates to Remember

July 19-21: Maine 4-H Days, Windsor Fairgrounds

September 13: Washington County 4-H Photo Contest Deadline

August 27: Exhibits are Due at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, 3–7:00 pm

Aug. 29 –Sept. 2: Blue Hill Fair – Blue Hill Fairgrounds

New 4-H Club in Whiting

Phoebe and Ruth participate in the first meeting of a new club!

A new club in Whiting had a great inaugural meeting on June 10. They completed paperwork, reviewed the 4-H pledge, and warm-up activity.  They spent time brainstorming a club name and what might be topics of interest for the club.  Future plans include participating in the 4-H photo contest, a display at the Washington County Fair, Perry Harvest Fair, and determining a service project to complete.  The grand finale of the first meeting was to create a real, buzzing, moving, Bristle BEE-Bot!

Welcome to the new club and we look forward to seeing all you do in 4-H!

4-H Tech Changemakers Donate Salad Greens to Machias Food Pantry

The 4-H Tech Changemakers have been busy in the garden! In the past two weeks, they have harvested, washed, bagged and labeled 31 bags of salad greens and 6 bags of kale which was all donated to the Machias Food Pantry. TEENS: you are welcome to join us on Monday and Wednesday mornings at the garden from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Come plant and play in the soil, learn some gardening tips and help be a part of a great cause!

4-H Camp and Learning Center at Greenland Point Opens for the First Season

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Greenland Point

On June 22, an official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Greenland Point in Princeton!  Staff from UMaine Extension, the Maine 4-H Foundation, donors, camp counselors, and community members were all in attendance to celebrate this exciting event.

There are still some camp sessions and scholarships available.  Please visit the 4-H Camp and Learning at Greenland Point website or call Bethany Pelletier at 207.665.2068 for more information.  Don’t miss out on summer camp fun!

2019 Washington County 4-H Photo Contest

The deadline to submit photos to the Extension Office is Friday, September 13, 2019. There are five photo categories – you may enter one photo in each category. Full details can be found on the Washington County 4-H Photo Contest page at or call the office if you have any questions.

Get out there and start snapping photos!

Photos from 2018:

Exhibit Your Projects at the Blue Hill Fair

We have updated all of the 4-H Exhibit Hall categories this year,so start thinking about what projects to enter! Lots of fun and exciting new categories such as “Aquatic Life”, “Leadership”, “Nature Collections”, “Outdoors”, “Writing Sampler”, “Fair Theme”, and more! Remember that there are options to enter individual exhibits as well as club exhibits – and that everyone receives a cash premium! The 2019 Fair Book and 4-H Information is now updated on the Blue Hill Fair section on the Hancock County website. The 4-H theme of the 2019 Blue Hill Fair is “4-H Seeds for Success”. We look forward to displaying your work to the public!

sewing machine

Sewing Machines Needed for SPIN Club

A heartfelt thank you to Ruth Feldman for her donation of a Singer sewing machine to the Washington County 4-H Program. We are looking for two or three more similar sewing machines to offer a SPIN club! Please contact Sandy Copel-Parsons at 207.255.3345 or sandra.copelparsons@maine.edu if you have a machine that you would like to donate.


News from the State

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!

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at jessica.brainerd@maine.edu or 207.581.3877.

4-H Horse Show at Union Fair 

 Maine 4-H Horse members: You are invited to participate in the 4-H Horse Show at Union Fair on Wednesday, August 21 starting at 9:00 am at Union Fairgrounds in Union, Maine. Open to all 4-H members, 4-H ages 9-18, in the State of Maine who are enrolled in a 4-H Horse Project. For more information and entry form, visit the Union Fair website to download the Premium Book under Information>Printable Documents. Questions? Pamela Doherty, 207.832.0343, pamela.doherty@maine.edu.

4-H National Trip and CWF Winners

We recently held interviews for National Trips. Please join us in Congratulating the following winners for this year’s National Trips and also the delegates selected to attend 2019 Citizenship Washington Focus. We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Four Winners for National 4-H Congress will be headed to Atlanta, GA on November 29-December 3, 2019. Representing Cumberland County will be Don S., Matthew D., and from Kennebec County will be Andrew D., from Piscataquis County will be Gabrielle H., and the 1st Alternate is from Waldo County, Abbie K.

Four Winners for National 4-H Conference will travel to the National 4-H Center in Washington DC on March 28-April 2, 2020. Representing Cumberland County will be Natalie D., and Lauren P., and serving also from Cumberland County is 1st alternate Alyvia C., from Androscoggin-Sagadahoc will be Jordyn M., and from Piscataquis County will be Ingrid H.

Thirty Delegates for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) will be traveling to Washington DC on June 29 – July 6, 2019. Delegates include: from Cumberland County: Emma H., Alyvia C., Aidan E., Eliana B., Nimo A., Marwo S., Salima K., Plamedia N.; from Somerset County: Mackenzie J., Abigail G.; from Knox-Lincoln County: Sadie O., Jeremy D., Savannah D., Nathan D.; from Oxford County: Marina L.; from Franklin County: Jack S., Johathan C., Alexis M.; from Piscataquis County: Tyler L., Susannah H.; from Penobscot County: Elizabeth D.; and from Androscoggin-Sagadahoc County: Marissa M., Maddie G., Reginald B.