ROCKPORT — Members of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club are continuing to find creative ways to raise money for their trip to the National Belted Galloway Show in Louisville, Ky., this fall. They recently purchased an original, 16-inch-by-20-inch acrylic painting by artist Barb Bausch of Rockport that features two Belties grazing at Aldermere. The 4-H members are going to raffle off the painting on Nov. 1, and in the process, they hope to close in on their $12,000 fundraising goal.
Artist Bausch grew up on a farm in La Porte City, Iowa, where she participated in 4-H beef projects as a child. She recounted some of her 4-H memories with members of the Aldermere Achievers recently. “I am so glad that you liked my painting and wanted to use it in your fundraising efforts,” she told the club members. “I hope it helps you reach your goal.” Bausch and her husband have lived in Rockport for 20 years, and they both enjoy painting in their retirement.
The Aldermere Achievers have worked steadily all year to raise the money needed to fund their trip to the North American International Livestock Exposition, which has the largest collection of purebred livestock in the world, during November in Louisville. While there, the 4-H members will participate in the National Belted Galloway Show with their project cows, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Other fundraising sources for the club this year have included a chowder dinner and auction, and the 4-H farm stand. Located at 20 Russell Ave. in Rockport, the farm stand features herbs, vegetables, baked goods, preserves and flower arrangements, all contributed by the 4-H families and available to the public by donation. The farm stand will remain open through October.
The grazing Belties painting, “Yummm,” will be on display in the Camden office of The First bank at 19 Elm St. through October. Raffle tickets for the painting are $5 each, or five for $20. The drawing will be held Nov. 1. To purchase tickets, visit The First bank or contact Amy Rollins at 592-6619 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are also available through the eight participating 4-H members: Addie Bragg, Alice Flint, Lucy Heal, Samantha Leighton, Tyler Leighton, Ellie Pendleton, Frances Pendleton and Erin Rollins, and club leader Heidi Baker.