Chester Greenwood Day
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. Those who attend may also enjoy a tasty piece of cake in honor of Chester Greenwood.
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 above. In addition to the Chamber office, donations of food are also being accepted at these locations: KeyBank, Wilton and Otis FCU, Jay. Please submit request applications for food baskets to the Chamber no later than Friday December 1 at 2 pm. Monetary and food donations will be accepted until December 8 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 15 from 11:00 am – 2:00 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.
Seth Wescott & Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic
Location: Sugarloaf Golf Course, Carrabassett Valley
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Seth Wescott held their 15th annual golf classic on September 22, 2017 at the Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley. 25 teams participated and basked in the gorgeous weather to again help raise funds for the Level Field Fund and the Chamber’s David Robie Scholarships.
Results of the tournament were:
- First Place Low Gross: Darling’s
- First Place Low Net: ARC
- Second Place Low Gross: Osgood’s Flooring
Individual accomplishments include:
- Women’s Longest Drive (hole #12): Deb White
- Men’s Longest Drive (hole #18): Mitch Orser
- Closest to the pin (hole #3): Kyle Ladd
- Closest to the pin (hole #11): Seth Wescott
- Closest to the pin (hole #3): Tom Bufalino
Ben Spencer was the winner of our Putting Challenge event after a putt-off. The Franklin County Chamber and Seth Wescott wish to thank all the teams, participants, and sponsors that helped to make this event a great success. We especially wish to thank Coca-Cola of Farmington, Darlings, Dead River Company, Franklin Savings Bank, Poland Spring, Rob Elliott Excavation & Trucking, Skowhegan Savings Bank and Western Mountain Financial Services for their generous major partnerships, as well as The Rack for hosting our delicious lunch and awards ceremony. We look forward to next year's tournament!