Oakhurst Awards $3,900 to 4-H Winners At Maine & New Hampshire State Fairs
Portland, Maine (December 2, 2010) - Maine’s Oakhurst Dairy recognized the achievements of young dairy farmers in New England, awarding $3,900 in cash prizes this year to participants in 4-H Youth Development Programs at state fairs in New Hampshire and Maine.
The competition was open to youth in 4-H between the ages of 9 and 18 who entered dairy cows they have raised, cared for and groomed. The winners each received $100 and a banner from Oakhurst. Winners were chosen from 39 classes at 11 fairs in both states.
2010 is Oakhurst's sixth year supporting 4-H Youth Development Programs in Maine, and the fourth year in New Hampshire. Oakhurst has contributed over $25,000 to 4-H efforts during this time.
“For years, 4-H has given future dairy farmers the hands-on experience they need to be successful,” said Oakhurst President and COO Bill Bennett. “Local farmers and their dairies are critical to our success, and we believe in supporting 4-H and their vital work in our communities.”
For the fourth consecutive year at the Fryeburg Fair, Maine's largest, Oakhurst had a presence in the fair's milking parlor and transported the milk from the cows milked at the fairgrounds to its plant in Portland. “The milking parlor is a chance for people to see up close where their milk comes from,” noted Bennett, “and we always enjoy displaying our vintage delivery truck and our antique horse-drawn milk wagon. Our milk has been a part of Maine life for a long time!”
About Oakhurst Dairy
Oakhurst is northern New England’s truly local brand of milk. As the region’s largest independent dairy company, Oakhurst is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 89 years and three generations, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk, contributing 10% of profits to local organizations through their Living Natural Goodness programs that support healthy kids and a healthy environment – just another reason to choose Oakhurst, The Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information, visit www.oakhurstdairy.com