FARMINGTON — Franklin County’s 4-H Open Air Market is partnering with the Saturday Sandy River Farmers’ Market this year to give 4-H members an opportunity to sell their produce, baked goods and other items to the public.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, the 4-H’ers will occupy tables at the Farmer’s Market in the District Court parking lot, Main Street. The members, age 5 through 18, will have numerous items for sale, all products of their own labors. They will benefit directly from their sales.

This is an annual event sponsored by the Franklin County 4-H Leaders’ Association, which helps to organize 4-H activities. 4-H Community Education Assistant Judy Smith and event volunteer organizer Michelle Winslow have encouraged the young members to develop their marketing skills and to think about costs and profits, skills essential to developing any small business.

In past years, as many as 20 4-H members have participated in the market and have been able to use the proceeds for expenses incurred in their other 4-H activities. Currently, there are a dozen 4-H clubs and well over 100 members in Franklin County focusing on beef, dairy, fiber animals, horses and homemaker activities.

Four-H is the youth development program of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. FMI: Judy Smith, 207-778-4650.

Franklin County 4-Her’s sell goods at the 4-H Open Air Market. This year’s market will be held during the Sandy River Farmers’ Market on Aug. 26.

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