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Bangor State Fair site of Maine 4-H 100th birthday celebration

 ORONO, Maine — Current and former 4-H members of all ages are invited to the Bangor State Fairgrounds July 27 to take part in a commemorative group photo celebrating the 100th birthday of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program.

 The photo session is at 5 p.m. on the hillside between the midway and agricultural area, where members and alumni will form a human “100.”

 The commemorative photo is one of many events statewide in celebration of the 100th birthday of 4-H in Maine. The UMaine Extension in Penobscot County Leaders’ Association, which has coordinated and maintained Old MacDonald’s Farm at the Bangor State Fair for the past 18 years, will set up a 100-year 4-H timeline in this year’s exhibition. Past and present 4-Hers are asked to contribute stories and photos to the timeline. And as part of annual fundraising activities, 100th birthday helium-filled balloons will be on sale.

 This year’s fair will again feature many 4-H shows — beef, dairy, dog, horse, sheep, goat, and market lamb and steer — and displays in the Exhibition Hall (which this year is under the grandstand), reflecting the wide variety of 4-H projects — from science, robotics and GPS/GIS to aquaculture, theater and public speaking. For people interested in geocaching, the county has placed several new caches, which feature some great 4-H treats.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 942-7396.

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