The 4th Annual Load the Wagon and Saddle Up for St. Jude Trail Ride promises to be quite an event. While the Nov. 9 fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital doesn’t start until Nov. 9, $6,000 has been already been donated, along with nearly four dozen auction items including livestock.
Aside from returning big ticket sponsors, several businesses have stepped forward to help out with the trail ride and lunch including Northeast Texas Tractor, Circle E, Jacobs’ Dairy, Fix ‘n’ Feed, Black Oak Saddle, Lowe’s, A-1 Trailer Sales, Ponders’ Mower and Lawn Service, Guaranty Bond Bank, HRE Investments, Bankers Products and NET Data Corp.
Numerous area businesses and individuals have donated items for the auction, too. Live animals donated include two mini horses from Twin Oaks Ranch, a live steer from Jacobs Dairy, a live 5-year-old mare mule from Eddie Lee of Lee Asphalt in Canton. Other donated items include: picture frames, saddle racks, Dallas Cowboys Charities VIP Tour of AT&T Stadium for four, two $50 spa gift certificates, tools, a handmade quilt, cookware, pillow set, outdoor gift basket, wreaths, restaurant gift certificates, three-person tent, Duck Commander clothing and other items, yard benches and electronic cigarettes. Instead of event host Jim Murray calling the auction after lunch (about 1 p.m.), it will be called by professional auctioneer Wade Bartley.
The gates will open at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, for the trail rides. Horses and mules will saddle up (coggins required) and wagons load starting at 9:30 a.m. Riders and wagons will depart for the trail at 10 a.m. and return at noon for lunch. The wagons even include bathroom facilities! Mini-wagon rides, which are about 10-15 minutes long, will be offered for youngsters and others who can’t make the two-hour trail ride. Parents also must ride with their small children.
Leading off this year’s trail ride will be 13-year-old Caroline Beard of Louisiana. She will talk about her experiences at St. Jude, where she was treated starting in infancy for retinoblastoma. The youth and her family attend various events to let people know the impact their donations have for the children who receive care at St. Jude and offer personal thanks for their continued support.
Lunch includes brisket, roughneck sausage, chili, coleslaw, potato salad and beans for a donation. Dessert will include cookies prepared by a Sulphur Springs sorority and Dutch oven peach cobbler prepared on the grounds by Rick Wilson, Brandon Brewer and other Dutch oven cooks.
The event begins at Jim and Jean Murray’s Two J Ranch, located just south of State Highway 11 at 993 County Road 2331, east of Como.
For more information about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, including stories about children who have been served at the hospital, go online to www.stjude.org.
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