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Left: Workers package sausage as it comes off the compressor and packaging machines. Rolls are placed in boxes ready for shipment. Center: Thousands of rolls of sausage are produced every day during peak selling season at the Blue & Gold Sausage manufacturing plant in Jones, Okla. Right: A worker stacks a box of Blue & Gold Sausage on a pallet for transport to the cooler. Photos by James Pratt


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“The highest seller always won a new pair of Justin boots, and we had a lot of fun competing for that top spot,” she says.


On a statewide level, Blue & Gold Sausage has served as a title sponsor for the Oklahoma FFA Association and Foundation since 1986. Every year, it donates a portion of its profi ts to the foundation for leadership development activities and projects.


“The Ramsey family has provided a very consistent fundraising project that is easy to manage and utilize,” says Oklahoma FFA Foundation Executive Director Kendall Brashears. “The product is fresh and consistent year after year, and the Ramseys are extremely dedicated to agriculture students around the state.”


True to Its Mission


Customers can search every grocery store shelf in the state for Blue & Gold products but they will never fi nd that familiar logo; Blue & Gold is sold ex- clusively through fundraising campaigns and is not available direct to the public. Brett says holding true to the company’s mission has contributed to its long-standing success.


“If you can buy it at the local grocer, why would you buy it from the kids— you have to do one or the other,” he says.


The Ramseys are hesitant to implement any changes within their company but beginning this month, they will halt production to make room for one very big change—a new facility. The family plans to demolish its current structure and break ground on a new building with three times the amount of space. The facility will include a processing room to accommodate sausage production, cold storage to house the fi nished product, raw materials and other products created off-site as well as space to handle support services. “We’re expanding from 9,000 to 27,000 square feet for actual production and storage,” Brett says. “Then we’ll be ready for production again in the fall.” Over the past 40 years, Blue & Gold Sausage has put the small, central Oklahoma town of Jones on the map and now with a new facility in the works, the family’s commitment to local fundraising is stronger than ever. Don Ramsey never imagined a simple fundraising idea would become so successful but the product sold itself. His basic business model is a testament to how a little community support can go a long way and still does to this day.


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