Feel like horsing around? Your favorite four-legged friends – along with several of their human handlers – will be hosting Perkins Rein in a Dreamfourth annual fall festival this Sunday, October 25 from noon to 4 p.m. It promises to be a howling good time. This is a major fundraiser for the program, and Director of Rein in a Dream Cherie Ansin promises the horses and the staff will be dressed to party.
Your little ones are welcome to join in the fun as well by arriving in costume. Hayrides, a BBQ, homemade goodies and, of course, horses will make the day magical. You and your small charges will be able to help barn staff search for Linus, who they fear is lost in the pumpkin patch. For $10 guests can ride a horse into the pumpkin patch in search of the great pumpkin. Attendees can also take a hayride around the barn seeking Linus. If your party is the one to find the most Linus’s while on the hayride, prizes will be awarded. Pony rides will also be offered for $5, but they will not go into the patch.
If horse or hayrides are not your thing, you can instead have your face painted, paint a pumpkin or a canvas bag, play one of several games or walk along the candied path. “This is the first year that we have done a trick-or-treat walk,“ Cherie said. “The kids will get to travel along a walking path collecting candy while enjoying the many sights and sounds along the way.” Right at noon several Rein in a Dream families will put on a costume parade. “The horses will be in full costume and there will be ribbons awarded in many categories,“ Cherie said.
Raffle tickets are available from now until Sunday at 3:45pm when the winners will be drawn. Cost for tickets is $1 each or 6 for $5. There are a total of 17 baskets with values between $50 and $75. There are also three silent auctions running: Ready to Ride valued at $145 includes all of the items necessary to start riding, In Home Massage valued at $120 includes a massage, a bottle of wine and several yoga items, and finally Irish Wool valued at $125 includes a wool lap blanket from Ireland, a bottle of wine and a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble.
“It is super fun and very family friendly,” Cherie said. “Best of all 100 percent of the funds raised will go back to the care of the animals and programs.” For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, check out Rein in a Dream on Facebook, stop by the barn or call 978-368-4804.