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Gallrein sets annual family fundraiser
Gallrein Farms will open its annual fall season by hosting its third annual “Family Fun Fundraiser” at 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21.
Three years ago, Randie Gallrein came up with the idea to try to help a couple of organizations that were in need, and the event has grown to five different organizations: Operation Care, Mentor Shelby Kids, ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, Shelby County Backpack Project and the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.
Josh Hurst, chair of the organizing committee, said the goal this year is to raise $15,000.
“All of the usual fall fun at the farm will be a part of the day, along with the addition of some great silent auction items as well as an opportunity to give a general donation to the organizations,” Hurst said in a release. “We just invite folks to come out and have a good time, whether they donate or not it makes for a great day. This has been such a fun event to be a part of the past couple of years and we can’t wait to see what this year brings.”
Activities will include pony rides, gourd sling shots, a straw pyramid, petting zoo, hay rides to the pumpkin patch and a barrel train. A new addition to this year’s event will be that Gallrein Farms will be roasting its popular sweet corn for patrons to enjoy.
To participate or for more information, contact Hurst at 502-633-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New tobacco specialist
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association announced the hiring of Jeff Vice to serve as a tobacco specialist.
"We feel very fortunate to have a person with the experience that Jeff has in the tobacco industry" President Pat Raines said in announcing the hiring. “Jeff has worked over 38 years in grading, purchasing, and blending tobacco and we look forward to working with him.”
As tobacco specialist, Vice will be responsible for grading and purchasing of burley tobacco with a goal of increasing the amount of tobacco purchased and expanding the marketing.
Vice, a resident of Flemingsburg, retired after 38 years with Philip Morris USA/Altria.
He will begin work when the co-op opens on Oct. 18.
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