Arethusa shoe sale

Photo by Blaise Pope/Arethusa Farm

Once again this summer, the popular Arethusa Farm Sample Sale will take place in Bantam, Connecticut, to benefit scholarships for UConn students.

Shoe lovers can expect deep discounts at the sale on Saturday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bantam Fire Company, 92 Doyle Road in Bantam. Proceeds go directly to the Arethusa Farm Scholarship Fund, which aids students in UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR). Arethusa executives George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis established the fund after they bought Arethusa Farm in Litchfield. With help from CAHNR faculty and staff, they have built an internationally renowned dairy herd and business that includes a line of premium dairy products as well as Arethusa al Tavolo Restaurant and Arethusa a Mano coffee shop and bakery in Bantam.

At the sale, bargain hunters will find a mix of past seasons’ items and samples from fashion shows, movie sets and ad shoots. A wide range of sizes will be available. At the 2015 sale, excited shoppers took home flats, stilettos, pumps and boots, in the process raising nearly $200,000 for the scholarship fund.

“The value of this fund-raising opportunity cannot be overstated,” said Cameron Faustman, interim dean  of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. “For students pursuing dairy-related interests at the University of Connecticut, this scholarship program provides a means for accomplishing their academic and career goals while minimizing their need to work long hours outside of their studies or to take on debt. It also will facilitate our ability to attract and retain students committed to the field and ensure a continued supply of fresh and local dairy products for the state.”

Steven Zinn, professor and head of UConn’s Department of Animal Science, agrees: “This scholarship opens doors to a UConn education for the next generation of dairy producers in Connecticut, helping maintain this critical industry in the state.”

UConn students will be on hand to help direct traffic, and entry into the sale is first come, first served. Credit cards and cash will be accepted. The samples are not to be purchased for resale, and all sales are final.