CLOVIS – Here’s an event scheduled for early spring, and while it’s not being held in the foothills exactly, it’s noteworthy for its noble purpose.
The Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding is held to raise money for scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors in the surrounding mountain area, who are pursuing an education in Agriculture and/or Forestry.
Participants will want to register before Feb. 1, to get an early-bird discount for the 3rd Annual Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding, which takes place this year on Saturday, Mar. 7, at Blasingame Ranch in Clovis. The first event starts at 9 a.m. with mandatory rules review preceding that at 8:30 a.m. Registration on the day of the event starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m.
Proceeds from the Team Branding operation go to benefit the Gilbert Marshall Memorial Scholarship, made available in memory of Eastern Fresno-Madera County native, and Sierra High School graduate, Gilbert Marshall.
Gilbert was the son of Patrick Marshall of Templeton and Dolores “Sister” Topping of O’Neals. He grew up on the Topping Ranch located in O’Neals and attended Spring Valley Elementary School where his sons, Cody and Cole would later follow. Gilbert was a graduate of Sierra High School with the Class of 1988. While in school, he was an athlete, and a student of agriculture. Gilbert was an active outdoorsman, a cattleman, and a logger who made his living running the family herd and logging in the local area mountains.
“Gilbert was hard-working, fun-loving and loyal,” say organizers. “His work ethic and love of life were shared by all around him.”
Gilbert lost his life in a logging accident in the mountains, and now, many work to preserve his memory and honor his outdoor lifestyle by offering scholarships paid for in large part by the Team Branding event.
“It is the family’s hope that a future can be built that will both preserve and maintain the balance of agriculture and forestry in our local area.”
Register by email at GMRegistration@yahoo.com
Blasingame Ranch is located at 19606 Auberry Rd. in Clovis.