October 7, 2016

Blue Seal hosting 4H farm day - By Stephen Signor

On Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blue Seal Feeds & Needs retail store located at 43 Main St., Windham, will be hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Young Farmer's 4H Beef Club of Gorham with their endeavor of traveling to Ohio. 

“The purpose of this road trip is to attend the Ohio Beef Expo located in Columbus. For three days the 20 to 25 current members of the club will be exposed to exhibitions, auctions, competitions and seminars. Being there to observe what takes place elsewhere than Maine will be a good experience they can take with them,” explained Jenn Grant, club leader. While the dates of the expo are March 17-19, 2017, there is still work to be done. “We are hoping to at least raise funds to cover the cost of transportation and hotels,” she continued.

Because of Blue Seal’s product line their involvement with related fundraisers has been ongoing.
“In the past we have always worked in conjunction with 4H and held similar events here such as rabbit day, goat day and others,” said Aimee Smith, Blue Seals’ retail store manager. For four hours families will be treated to the opportunity to get up close and personal with young cows, sheep and goats with just a donation to a good cause. Feeding them will also be permitted. Among those providing the animals are Findview Farm of Gorham, Prides Family Farm, and Lewis & Stanley Family Farm of Buxton. Weather should not be a deterrent. 

“This is rain or shine. There will be tents set up and animal pens. Worst case scenario would be to bring everything inside,” said Smith. There will also be a bake sale by Young Farmers with all those proceeds also being applied to their trip.

Along with this event, Blue Seal Feeds is doing a Round up the Change for the Cumberland County 4H program. “Customers can donate the change from each sale and the money collected goes into a general fund. We have been doing this since October 1st and will continue through October 16th. Ordinarily we do this on a yearly basis but this year we are doing it twice,” said Smith. There will be more than bake sale items available. “There will also be hot dogs, drinks and whatnot with those proceeds also going to the Round up Program,” she continued. 

Smith is optomistic about the turnout. “I’m hoping for similar success that we experienced in Spring for Goat Day. There had to be at least 500 people in attendance. There was a long line the entire time to just snuggle a baby goat.” 

Admission and refreshment fees are donation based.

For more information on this event visit www.facebook.com/windham.bluesealfeed.

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