Harmony-based club receives $30,250 federal grant

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 5:21 p.m.

HARMONY, Maine — The Patriarchs Club has been selected to receive a Rural Economic Impact Initiative Grant of $30,250 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency.

The grant will be used to assist in the construction of an exhibition building on the town’s fairgrounds. The facility will provide educational and cultural displays and activities focused on natural agricultural-based fibers such as those from alpaca and sheep.

“Supporting local agricultural activities is key to building awareness and support for Maine farmers and agricultural producers,” said USDA Rural Development Director Virginia Manual in a statement. “I am so pleased USDA Rural Development could assist the Patriarchs Club in their valuable efforts.”

Jeff Chadbourne, president of the Patriarchs Club, said he was pleased to be awarded the grant.

“This grant will enable the Patriarchs to promote local farmers and their products and educate the public in a variety of different aspects of agriculture in Maine. The grant also benefits the local contractors who will be working to build this exhibition building, which will be focused on fiber animals and their products,” Chadbourne said in a statement.

The Patriarchs Club is a community improvement society established in 1947 to promote community projects for the betterment of the town of Harmony, USDA Rural Development said in a statement. The Patriarchs Club operates the Harmony Free Fair, an agricultural fair that provides cultural and educational activities through agricultural exhibits and events.

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