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Fremont ice cream shop hosts Newaygo’s inaugural member event

Both in their late 90’s, longtime Newaygo County Farm Bureau members Myriel Akershoek and Velmond Smith were among the 50+ who turned out for the county’s inaugural ice cream social, hosted by Elsie’s in Fremont.
Date Posted: June 12, 2023

Newaygo County Farm Bureau recently hosted its inaugural ice cream social at Elsie’s in Fremont, a gesture by leaders to show appreciation to the organization’s 300 members across the county. 

Thanks largely to Elsie’s staff, the event was a huge hit with the nearly 50 Farm Bureau members who came into town June 4 for a cold treat, well-timed to coincide with June is Dairy Month. 

Among them were two special guests, longtime Farm Bureau members Myriel Akershoek, 98, and Velmond Smith, 97. 

“Elsie’s provided excellent service for a great event,” praised Ross Harwood, current president of the Newaygo County Farm Bureau. “We had perfect weather great attendance from kids and adults of all ages.”

Harwood raises corn, soybeans and wheat in Ensley Township. 

Newaygo’s is one of 65 county-level Farm Bureaus across Michigan, all of which serve the interests and champion the priorities of thousands of farmer members statewide. Active Farm Bureau members develop policy for implementation at the local, state and national levels, working directly with municipal, governmental and regulatory agencies to preserve and protect the prosperity and integrity of Michigan agriculture — and the livelihood of farm families across the state.

For more information about Newaygo County Farm Bureau, visit its Facebook page or call the county office at 231-796-1119.

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Bridget Silvernail

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