Barn fire benefit planned on March 14

Friends and neighbours are planning a benefit night here for a local family who lost their dairy barn to fire last fall.

Fire destroyed the barn of Scott and Katrina Gordon on Wellington Road 29 Guelph-Eramosa on Sept. 2. The Gordons are managing to keep their dairy operation going, thanks to aid of Terry and Marlene Matthews, who offered a vacant barn a few kilometres up the road to house the displaced herd of about 45 cattle.

While construction of a new barn on the Gordon’s third-generation farm property is underway, neighbours have organized a campaign to help out.

“We all know there are tremendous expenses involved in a dairy barn. A group of neighbours and friends have decided to organize a benefit night to help offset some of the expenses this young family might incur,” states a letter from benefit organizers.

The March 14 event at the Rockmosa Community Centre will feature live and silent auctions, as well as musical entertainment. Local auctioneer Scott Bessey, who is donating his services, will conduct the silent auction.

Auction items include homemade crafts, tools, farm toys, seed for crops, boxed meat, plus many more.

Bruce Miller of the benefit organizing committee said the event sold out quickly. However anyone who wishes to make a donation may still do so by contacting Miller at 519-822-1731 or committee members: Dave Freure, 519-843-2381, Alex  McNabb, 519-856-9034 or Craig Switzer at 519-855-4201.