4-H News in Washington County – August 2021

Dates to Remember

August 25: Union Fair Horse Clinic

August 28 & 29: Washington County Fair, Pembroke

August 31: Exhibits are Due at the Extension Office for Blue Hill Fair

August 31: Deadline to Submit to Maine State Virtual Fair

September 2-6: Blue Hill Fair – Blue Hill Fairgrounds


Washington County Fair

Come say hello! 4-H will be at the Pembroke Fair from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th. Come take your picture with the giant 4-H clover and pick up a take home activity! Hope to see you there!





9:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.


Admission $7.00/day – 10 and under free

All Day Events Saturday & Sunday

Children’s Games
Face Painting
Balloon Man
Livestock Display
Petting Zoo
Corn hole Competition
Crafts Table
Bounce House
Children’s Train Ride       

Pembroke Trotting Association FOOD SHACK and other Food Vendors


Saturday August 28th

Judging of Vegetables, Baked Goods*, and Handcrafted Items

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Antique Car & Tractor Show  

11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.: Harness Racing

Ventriloquist & Magician (2 Shows)

Carriage Rides

4-H Grab n’ Go Youth Activities


Sunday August 29th

9:15 a.m.: Grace Chapel Church Service 

Horse Showmanship Demo

Juggling & Variety Show (2 Shows)

Lady’s Skillet Toss & Men’s Hammer Throw 

Round Bale Race

For more information, see the facebook page, Washington County Fair


Blue Hill Fair 

The 4-H Exhibit Hall at the Blue Hill Fair will be open this year! The dates for the fair are September 2-6.  Start thinking about what projects to enter. Categories range from “Aquatic Life, Leadership, Nature Collections, Outdoors, Writing Sampler, Crafts”, and more! Remember that there are options to enter individual exhibits as well as club exhibits – and that everyone receives a cash premium! NEW THIS YEAR: Instead of dropping your project at the fair, you can drop off your project at the Extension Office from August 16th – 30th. Remember, Entry Forms and Exhibit/Life Skills Cards are required. The 4-H theme of the 2021 Blue Hill Fair is “4-H: Full Steam Ahead!”. We look forward to displaying your work to the public!

Information is now updated on the Blue Hill Fair section of the Hancock County website at extension.umaine.edu/hancock/4h/fair/. Please reach out if you have any questions!


4-H Camp in a Box!  Last Chance!

Summer is winding down to a close.  Don’t miss the chance to use one of our 4-H Camp in a Box kits!  Kits are available until August 20.  To find out more about the kits we offer, visit: Washington County 4-H Camp in a Box website.

Please reach out to Brittany Foster at Brittany.foster@maine.edu to schedule a kit.


One Camper’s Experience at 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Greenland Point

Do you wonder what it’s like to attend overnight camp at Greenland Point?  4-H’er Linda J. shared her experience!

“My experience this year at Greenland Point 4-H camp was amazing! I was one of the nine campers who were partaking in their fishing camp. Every morning we had a “morning meeting” in the brand new pavilion where we did many great interactive songs and stories as well as the 4-H pledge. During the course of the five-day stay, breakfast, lunch, and dinner were all served in the dining hall, followed by our groups sitting outside on picnic benches to eat. 

Cabins were very nicely put together, with lighting and fans in every cabin. All the beds and bunks have wood and metal frames, with ladders built into the frames so that you can get to the top bunk.  The cabin I was staying in had a very friendly and fun counselor!

The activities were all very enjoyable , field games were definitely a favorite, next to lunch of course! The counselors that took care of the group I was in were very nice, and they were lots of fun to be with! They were all willing to participate in field games with us! I was really sad when it was the last night, we had a “campfire” where we did skits and songs. I hope I will be able to attend again next year!”      


Linda participating in a water quality activity.
Linda participating in a water quality activity at camp.



2021 June Jamboree

Twenty-nine youth across Hancock, Washington AND Penobscot county participated in the 2021 June Jamboree celebrations. Whether it was the in- person workshops or the at-home activities, youth engaged in hands-on activities related to STEAM: Science, Technology, Environment, Art and Math. They learned how to felt with a needle, grow a tomato in a bucket, construct an outdoor fort, make a survival bracelet out of paracord, and more.

4-H June Jamboree is an annual event hosted by Hancock County 4-H. It is open to ALL 4-H members, friends, and family in Hancock and neighboring counties. This event is typically held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds during the first weekend in June, with overnight camping available. In 2021, we celebrated June Jamboree a little differently! This year, Jamboree activities were spread out from June 5th through July 11th. Activities were delivered to participants’ homes for youth to do on their own time. We also offered three in-person workshops at different locations throughout the county.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and an especially BIG round of applause to our volunteer workshop leaders: Tim Parson, Shreya from ArtWaves, and Kristin Beauchamp from Lone Spruce Farm.

Youth participate in a gardening activity during June Jamboree.
Youth participate in a gardening activity during June Jamboree.









Mainely Dish: Blueberry Cobbler


4-H News from the State

  1. 4-H Summer Learning Series – Part II Registration Still Open!
    Maine 4-H is offering its hands-on virtual summer learning series through August 20 with over 50 workshops open to all youth ages 5–18. The 4-H Summer Learning Series includes learning tracks in Arts and Crafts, Food and Nutrition, STEM, Marine Science and Aquaculture, Animal Science and Agriculture, Teen Leadership, and more! Offline projects that can be completed at home are also available.The series is free; registration is required and is open until August 13. Register here and find more information on the 4-H Summer Learning Series webpage. For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd, 207.581.3877; brainerd@maine.edu.
  2. Enter Your Projects in the Maine State Virtual Fair!
    Have you been working hard on a 4-H project that you’re ready to show off? The 2021 Virtual Exhibit Hall is here! Entering projects in your actual fair this summer? Consider entering them in the Maine State Virtual Exhibit Hall as well! We will be accepting submissions now through August 31st. We can’t wait to see what our talented Maine 4-Hers have created! Information about exhibit categories, submission guidelines, and judging can be found on the Maine State Virtual Fairweb page.
  3. National Trip Interviews, 2021
    In the past, we would have held interviews for National Trips in the early spring. At the time, we had youth that had been chosen but had not been able to participate yet due to the pandemic. It was decided that it was not in our best interest to add more numbers to those delegations given we still did not know the status of the pandemic and where all was headed. So, therefore we did not hold any National trip interviews in 2021. We will resume in 2022.  If you have questions, please email Heidi Palmer at thuotte@maine.edu.
  4. Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) 2021
    CWF 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.  Maine 4-H was committed to sending the 2020 delegation in July of 2021.  As we moved forward with the pandemic still around us, last winter the decision was made by National 4-H to hold CWF 2021 virtually.   Taking into consideration many different factors, we have decided not to participate in the CWF Conference virtually this year.  We will however be encouraging that the same delegation to be ready for July 2022.  All youth must still be between the ages of 14 to 18 and be an enrolled member in 2022.  We realize that, unfortunately, some youth will have aged out, etc.  This is very unfortunate but hopefully, those youth will come back when adult life gets underway for them and perhaps chaperone with us.  Monies that were sent in for the trips have been left on file and we will be reaching out to those individuals regarding that. If you have questions, please email Heidi Palmer at thuotte@maine.edu.
  5. National 4-H Congress 2021
    Exciting news! National Congress 2021 will be happening in person in November 2021!   As with other trips, Maine 4-H already has a delegation picked from previous National Interviews. We will be reaching out to that group of youth to see where they are at.  These youth will need to still be age 14-18 and still enrolled in 4-H. If you have questions, please email Heidi Palmer at thuotte@maine.edu.