Members of the Aldermere Achievers 4-H Club are continuing to find creative ways to raise money for their trip to the National Belted Galloway Show in Louisville, Ky. this fall. They recently purchased an original 16-by-20 inch acrylic painting by artist Barb Bausch of Rockport that features two Belties grazing at Aldermere. The 4-H members are going to raffle off the painting on the first of November; in the process, they hope to close in on their $12,000 fundraising goal.

Bausch, grew up on a farm in La Porte City, Iowa, where she participated in 4-H beef projects as a child. She recounted some of her 4-H memories with members of the Aldermere Achievers recently. She said she was glad they liked her painting and hopes it helps them reach their goal. Bausch and her husband have lived in Rockport for the past 20 years, and they both enjoy painting in their retirement.

The painting, titled “Yummm,” is on display in the Camden office of The First at 19 Elm St./Route 1 through the month of October. Tickets to win the painting are $5 or five for $20. The drawing will be held on Nov. 1. To purchase tickets, visit The First banking office; or contact Amy Rollins at 592-6619 or amy.rollins@thefirst.com. Tickets also are available through the eight participating 4-H members — Addie Bragg, Alice Flint, Lucy Heal, Samantha Leighton, Tyler Leighton, Ellie Pendleton, Frances Pendleton and Erin Rollins — and through club leader Heidi Baker.

The Aldermere Achievers have worked steadily all year to raise the money needed to fund their trip to the North American International Livestock Exposition, which hosts the largest collection of purebred livestock in the world during the month of November in Louisville. While there, the 4-H members will participate in the National Belted Galloway Show with their project cows, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Other fundraising sources for the club this year have included a chowder dinner and auction; and its 4-H farm stand. Located at 20 Russell Ave., the farm stand features herbs, vegetables, baked goods, preserves and flower arrangements, all contributed by the 4-H families and available to the public by donation. The farm stand will remain open through October.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.