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Summer State Fairs and the Beginning of 4-H Dairy Award Show Season

The 4-H dairy award season is fast approaching. Each summer across Maine and New Hampshire, youth in 4-H between the ages of 9 and 18 compete at state fairs as part of the 4-H Development program. These young men and women enter the dairy cows they have raised, cared for and groomed and compete in a variety of showmanship classes at various experience levels including novice, intermediate, junior and senior.

This year marks the eighth consecutive year in Maine and sixth in New Hampshire that Oakhurst has supported and recognized the achievements of these young dairy farmers. At 11 state fairs in Maine and New Hampshire from July to September, Oakhurst provides prizes for the 4-H dairy competitions — $100 for each competition level and a banner to the winners. To date, Oakhurst has contributed more than $31,000 to 4-H competition in this way.  Additionally, our mascot, Oakie often attends these events to congratulate all the competitors.

Below is a list of the state fairs with 4-H competitions.

Maine
Ossippe Valley Fair – July 11 – 14, 2013
Bangor State Fair – July 26 – August 4, 2013
Skowhegan State Fair – August 8 – 17, 2013
Piscataquis Valley Fair– August 22 – 25, 2013
Windsor Fair– August 25- September 2, 2013
Farmington Fair – Date TBD but usually in September
Cumberland Fair– September 22-28, 2013
Fryeburg Fair – September 29 – October 6, 2013

New Hampshire
Stratham Fair– July 18 – 21, 2013
Rochester Fair – September 13- 22, 2013
Deerfield Fair– September 26 – 29, 2013

With 4-H competition about to get underway, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of the wonderful children participating in 4-H great success this summer, and we also wanted to congratulate the winners from last year’s competition season. Below is a list of the 2012 winners who agreed to allow us to share their names. If your name is not on the list and you would like us to include it please let us know at  and we’ll update our records.

2012 4-H Winners
Ossipee Valley Fair (Maine)
Novice Class — Kaysia Carroll of Lyman, Maine
Junior Class — Patrick Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine
Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine
Senior Class — Gregory Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine

Skowhegan State Fair (Maine)
Junior Class — Mackensie Schofield of Troy, Maine
Intermediate Class — Kristen Davis of New Sharon, Maine
Senior Class — Colleen Schofield of Troy, Maine

Cumberland Fair
Novice — Caleb Braley of Alton, Maine
Junior Class — Alivia Stanley of Buxton, Maine
Senior Class — Brittany Moon of Freeport, Maine
Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine

Fryeburg Fair
Novice — Caleb Braley of Alton, Maine
Junior Class — Emily Fisher of Pittsfield, N.H.
Intermediate — Allison Merriman of Windham, Maine
Senior Class — Gregory Mussey (Mussey Family Farm) of Limington, Maine

Stratham Fair (New Hampshire)
Novice Class — Amber Paquette of Mont Vernon, N.H.
Junior Class — Branon Wolinski of Webster, N.H.
Intermediate Class — Bram Robertson of Contoocook, N.H.
Senior Class/Showmanship — Nate Robertson of Contoocook, N.H.

Each summer, all of us here at Oakhurst are thrilled to see so many young people take an active interest in the business we’ve loved for more than 90 years. We look forward to following this year’s group of competitors.

We continue to be strongly committed to the 4-H program because it gives future dairy farmers the hands-on experience they need to be successful and because local farmers and dairies are so critical to our business.

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