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Upcoming events to benefit firefighters, town

FARMINGTON - There has been an outpouring of community support for those impacted by the Sept. 16 explosion at the LEAP Inc. building on the Farmington Falls Road. Initial donations included food for the firefighters at the scene, hundreds of offers of support for LEAP and the creation of funds to benefit the firefighters, their families and residents displaced by the incident.

Ten days later and a number of organizations have had time to plan events to further benefit local efforts. Events are listed below, in chronological order, followed by information reiterating some ways people can donate money.

Other events planned to benefit those impacted by the Sept. 16 explosion can be emailed to the Daily Bulldog here.

[Editor's Note: This post was updated on Oct. 17, removing events that have already occurred.]

Community fundraiser, featuring North Woods Outlaws, to be held on Oct. 19 in Jay


Chili and Chowder Cook Off event at Customer Appreciation Festival to support disaster funds on Oct. 19

Local Franklin County Area businesses are pleased to announce the first annual Fall Customer Appreciation Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at H & R Block located at 118 Knowlton Corner Rd. in Farmington. H&R Block, Harris Septic Services, Justa Alpaca Farm, The Downtown Press Cafe, Nystrom Lawn & Landscape, Restore Massage & Healing Arts, Burdick Training & Consulting Services, Skyline Masonry, and Rustic Elegance have joined together in appreciation to provide a day of fun for current and future customers.

As part of that festival, a chili and chowder cook off will be held to benefit the Disaster Relief fund at Franklin Savings Bank. Samples will be available for $2. All samplers will be able to vote for both best chili and best chowder.


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Old South Church Concert Series to raise money for displaced families on Oct. 22
The Old South Church Concert Series will host a community gathering to benefit families displaced by the Farmington explosion on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature local brother-sister duo Zak and Lena Kendall of GoldenOak with their band. Also performing will be legendary Maine guitar master, Denny Breau along with Steve Muise and The Franklin County Fiddlers. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Because of a glaring felt need to help those displaced by the blast, Phill McIntyre director of New England Celtic Arts; Scott Landry, local State Representative; and Debbie Davis-Robinson, director of Old South Church Concert Series, quickly formulated a plan that would seek to help those displaced and also offer healing through music.

The region has long been a hot spot for Celtic and Traditional music in Western Maine. The participants instantly jumped at the chance to lend a hand. The event will start a little early, 6:30, as it is a school night. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the displaced families and will be dispersed through Franklin Savings to the account set up for that purpose by the Town of Farmington.

Ticket reservations are highly recommended by calling 207-491-5919. Walk-ins without reservations will be offered space as available. Suggested donation of $15 or more and a non-perishable food or household item if desired.


Free community meal at Farmington Baptist Church on Oct. 26
Farmington Baptist Church will be hosting a free community meal on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., with live music throughout the evening. The goal is to provide an encouraging evening, with the community coming together, sharing a meal.

The event will include a perfect-for-fall dinner including chili, soups, fresh baked breads and salad. Pie and coffee will also be served. A variety of musicians will be providing music throughout the evening. All are invited, with a special invitation to firefighters, first responders and those impacted directly by the explosion. This is an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy an evening out. This is a free event, with donations accepted and all proceeds going to the Franklin Savings Bank Disaster Relief Funds.

RSVP is not required, although encouraged. Please contact Farmington Baptist Church at 779-0731 or Natashia at, for more information and to RSVP.


'Invite the Wild' and 'To Be Determined' will hold a benefit concert on Nov. 9 at The Roost. All proceeds will be donated to three funds: the LEAP Explosion Fund at United Way, the Farmington Firemen's Benevolent Association and the Farmington Disaster Relief Fund. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


There are multiple ways for people interested in making donations to assist those impacted by the explosion. These include:

  • The LEAP Explosion Fund has been established by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, to benefit firefighters, their families, LEAP Inc. and its employees and those displaced by the explosion. Funds will be distributed by United Way based on need, in consultation with community partners, local emergency agencies, town officials and social service providers. Donations can be made online, via mail to PO Box 126, Farmington 04938, or at the United Way office at 218 Fairbanks Road.
  • The Farmington Firemen's Benevolent Association is collecting money to benefit the firemen and their families. That fund was established through Franklin Savings Bank and donations will be accepted at all branches. Checks made payable to the fund of the donor's choice can be mailed to: Franklin Savings Bank, ATTN. Hannah Boivin, PO Box 825, Farmington, ME 04938. Franklin Savings Bank is matching all donations in this and the following account, up to $10,000 per account.
  • The Farmington Disaster Relief Fund is collecting funds to benefit others affected by the incident. This fund is also through FSB and those interested in contributing can follow the instructions for the previous entry. Again, FSB will match up to $10,000 in donations made to this account.
  • A gofundme page has been established for Larry Lord, the maintenance manager of the LEAP Inc. The account was established to support Lord and his family. A FSB account has also been opened, under the name The Larry Lord Fund.
  • The Portland Firefighters Children's Burn Foundation is helping victims of the Farmington explosion by paying for hotel rooms, food and supplies, and other burn-related expenses not covered by insurance. Funds are being collected by Progressive Portland here.

Other events planned to benefit those impacted by the Sept. 16 explosion can be emailed to the Daily Bulldog here.


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  1. United Bikers of Maine will also be having a ride on Oct 5th . All proceeds will benefit Larry Lord and the Firefighters.

  2. What a great community and state we live in!
    I'm glad to see that all our brothers and sisters are coming together for the loss and cause.☺❤👥💞

  3. WOW~ we live in an incredible community. I love our roots. We do still care about one another. We all give what we can~~even powerful prayers count!

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