Chester Greenwood Day

December 7, 2019

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Chester Greenwood Day is our annual celebration of Farmington resident Chester Greenwood, the inventor of earmuffs. Greenwood was only fifteen when he designed the first pair of ear protectors out of wire, beaver fur, and cloth. At the age of nineteen, he acquired a U.S. patent. By age twenty-eight, the Chester Greenwood & Company factory was producing and shipping champion ear protectors worldwide. In 1936 the company had its biggest year producing 400,000 pairs.

The annual Chester Greenwood Day is hosted by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and takes place the first Saturday in December, bringing thousands to the area to watch and/or participate in the hour-long parade.

Enjoy the wonderful gingerbread houses that many have spent hours on in the Annual Gingerbread House Contest.

As you stroll through the downtown area, you'll see folks of all sizes and ages having great fun while shopping, enjoying food from the wonderful eateries, or enjoying a scenic horse and buggy ride through the downtown area. You may even run into one of Chester's family as many make the trek to Farmington each year to participate in the parade and visit with relatives who still live locally. Local student musicians and carolers also line the streets and corners sharing beautiful songs and carols for passerby.


Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce has set its sights on providing holiday meals to Franklin County families this December. Last year, with tremendous support of area businesses, individuals, and numerous volunteers, the program helped more than 200 families come together over a warm meal during the holidays. With a community like Franklin County behind it, the Chamber is confident it can reach even more people this holiday season.

The Chamber seeks donations of food and monetary contributions in preparation for this community service project. Food baskets are distributed to families referred by local service agencies, schools, Operation Santa Claus volunteers, United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, members of the Chamber’s board of directors, and other area businesses and agencies.

The Basket Drive is now named in honor of local resident Gerry Wiles, who left us in October of 2010. As shared in a tribute to Mr. Wiles last year, ‘It would be Gerry’s personal request that wherever you are, whenever you can, do so much for a child as is possible by sharing your time, talents and values.

Donation and basket request forms are available below. Donations of food are also being accepted at the Chamber Office. Please submit request applications for food baskets to the Chamber no later than Friday, December 6 at 2 pm.  Monetary and food donations will be accepted until December 6 at 2 pm. Applications will be reviewed by the food basket committee, and granted based on eligibility and availability. If contacted, baskets will be available for pick up by individual recipients on December 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce office, 615 Wilton Rd in Farmington.

By everyone doing a small part, it really makes a big difference in our communities! Thank you for your consideration. 

To make a donation toward the Gerry Wile's Holiday Food basket program click here


Seth Wescott & Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 17th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic

Location:  Sugarloaf Golf Course, Carrabassett Valley

On September 13, 2019, the Seth Wescott / Franklin County Chamber of Commerce held the Annual Scholarship Golf Classic held at Sugarloaf Golf Club.  The weather was far better than last year and the field was almost full, with 34 foursomes playing. 

The major sponsors of this event were Darling’s Family of Dealerships, Franklin Savings Bank, Dead River Company, Rob Elliott Excavation & Trucking and Skowhegan Savings Bank.  Hole sponsors were:  ARC Enterprises, Ayotte’s Country Store, Home Auto, University Credit Union, Otis Federal Credit Union, Bangor Savings Bank, Valley Gas & Oil, Mountainside Realty, Franklin Somerset Federal Credit Union, Kyes Insurance, A-Copi, The Bag & Kettle and One Call Contracting.  We also had help with our prizes:  Hugs Italian, Calzolaio’s, Stratton Plaza, The Bag, Sugarbowl, Cape Neddick Country Club, The Homestead Kitchen, Mingo Springs Golf Course, Wilson Lake Country Club, Sugarloaf, Martindale Country Club, Waterville Country Club, Rising Tide Brewery, Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, Arrostook Valley Country Club and Sunday River Golf Club.  Without the support of these sponsors we would not be nearly as successful in raising funds for scholarships.

The FCCOC supports local students continuing their education by offering scholarships to students who live in Franklin County.  Last year we offered 3 scholarships to the following students:  Marielle Pelletier, Benjamin Butterfield and Summer Ross.  Seth Wescott supports an organization called the Level Field Fund who provides help for kids who are underprivileged and want to play a sport.  This fund offers scholarships for fees and for sporting gear.  These are two very worthy causes. 

Thank you to all that came out to play and support the tournament! 

This year the winning team was the Otis Federal Credit Union foursome.  Next year the tournament will be played on September 11, 2020 at Sugarloaf.  Please consider being part of that!