Franklin County Agricultural Society offering tree memorials as mudslide remediation fundraiser

  • As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts for the mudslide remediation project, the Franklin County Fairgrounds on Wisdom Way in Greenfield, pictured, is hosting a tree fundraiser that offers individuals the opportunity to memorialize a loved one. Staff File Photo/MARY BYRNE

Staff Writer
Published: 11/17/2021 4:09:49 PM

GREENFIELD — As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts for the mudslide remediation project, the Franklin County Fairgrounds is hosting a tree fundraiser that offers individuals the opportunity to memorialize a loved one at the fairgrounds.

“There are a lot of people out there, particularly veterans, that are deserving of recognition for their contribution to our community,” explained Michael Nelson, president of the Franklin County Agricultural Society, which manages the fairgrounds on Wisdom Way.

For a donation of $150 or more, the fairgrounds will purchase and plant a tree with a memorial plaque in honor of someone’s loved one. The trees, 50 of which will be planted, will also serve to further stabilize the area once contractors complete the mudslide remediation project.

Last month, contractors broke ground on the mudslide remediation project, which involves stabilizing a failing embankment of the fairgrounds, located directly above Linwood Street, through repairs to three eroding gullies, installing stormwater drains on the embankment, replacing damaged wetlands and replanting fallen vegetation, according to Nelson.

“We’re getting very close,” Nelson said. “Western Earthworks of Florence has been working since October and is really hoping to wrap up in the next two weeks.”

Nelson said once the contractor’s work is completed, students from Franklin County Technical School will replace the chain link fence damaged in a storm and re-plant 50 native trees to further stabilize the area.

The $265,000 project is still about $65,000 away from its fundraising goal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided $103,000 in grant funding toward this work, but the Franklin County Agricultural Society is responsible for the remaining $162,000. Through fundraising efforts, the agricultural society has raised nearly $100,000.

“Hopefully this will help us get a little closer to our goal,” Nelson said.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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