Submitted by Steve Haycock
The Maine State Grange Family Campout was a great success. More than 40 Grangers including three from New Hampshire gathered at Silver Springs Campground in Saco in July. There was truly something for everyone during the weekend. This event is a great example of what the Grange is all about, Food, Fun, and Fellowship.
On Friday, a group of 29 Grangers descended on Martel’s Ice Cream and Mini Golf. The competition was fierce, but there was a lot laughing along the way. In the end, Bill Small came out of top with his score of 50. After mini golf the group of Grangers had ice cream for a treat. Friday evening found many of the campers at the potluck.
Saturday was the big day, although a bit dreary in the morning, plans were amended to have a cribbage tournament in place of the traditional horseshoe tournament. This was done right after the judges of the Junior Grange crafts finished their near impossible job selecting the winners of the crafts of the various contests. While everyone was preparing for the cribbage tournament, the Chinese auction was in full swing along with the 50/50 raffle. Those not playing cribbage played a round of Sherry’s Dice Game with C.J. Roy winning. The cribbage tournament featured seven teams and was won by Roberta & James Meserve. After the games were over Junior Director Laurie McBurnie announced the winners of the Jr. Grange crafts and the winners of the auction and raffle were drawn. In the afternoon the weather improved and the vast majority of the Grangers participated in the Bocce Ball tournament, with Judy Meserve and Rick Grotton eventually coming out on top of the large field.
This was followed by a scaled-down Horseshoe tournament won by Mike Flagg and Jim Meserve. Saturday evening featured a delicious ice cream social, with State Lecturer Sherry Harriman passing out awards for the day’s activities, followed by fellowship around the campfire. Many thanks go to Wilbur and Jane Heath of the New Hampshire State Grange who hung out with us this weekend. Wilbur and Jane even brought ice cream with many toppings to choose from. Their son Chris Heath, Master of the New Hampshire State Grange visited with us on Saturday afternoon. A great weekend was had by all, plans were made for the 2016 Maine State Grange Family Campout Weekend which will be held at the same campground July 15 – 17, 2016.