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Palmer Home For Children Announces 2nd Annual Blessed Saddles Family Weekend Palmer Home for Children announces the 2nd Annual Blessed Saddles Family Weekend to be held Friday, October 13 through Sunday, October 13, 2002. All the money raised from the event will go to help build Palmer Homes' second campus in DeSoto County, just outside Hernando, Mississippi. The Blessed Saddles Family Weekend developed last year from the desires of Kathy and Bob Loeb, Kirby Dobbs, and Michelle and Chuck Bolton to host a trailride/benefit like none other and that in the process raise much needed money for Palmer Home for Children's expansion campus in DeSoto County Mississippi. At last year's weekend held at Cedar Lane Farm, the home of Bob and Kathy Loeb, and Clear Creek Farm, the home of Chuck and Michelle Bolton, trail riders enjoyed over 1000 acres of trails and two nights of food, fun, and fellowship around the campfire. Saturday night over 300 friends joined the trail riders to celebrate Old West style. The evening included dinner, a blue grass band,. square dancing, mechanical bull riding and an exciting fireworks show that lit up the Mississippi sky. In addition to all the country fun, guests participated in a silent auction. In aIl, over $30,000 was raised for Palmer Home for Children from this kickin' country weekend. In an attempt to grow the event this year, the Loebs, Boltons, and Kirby Dobbs expanded the focus to not only include trailriding for the horse folks, but for the weekend to be a time for families to come together to camp and play the old fashioned way. The weekend gets started Friday afternoon with an afternoon trail ride, dinner and singing around the campfire. Families arc invited to come and camp out for the weekend. Saturday will include horseback riding, a fishing rodeo, hole in one-golf, pumpkin carving, a horse show, volleyball, horseshoes, and much more. Saturday evening mends will gather for the Hoe Down. This year while the grown-ups will enjoy a local bluegrass band, dinner, mechanical bull riding and silent auction, the kids will be having their own Country Fair. The Blessed Saddles team has planned a country fair with face painting, sack races, bobbing for apples, frog jumping contest, a hay ride, and much more. It will be an event for the whole family with the evening ending in a magnificent fireworks display. Participants will top off the weekend with a time of worship Sunday morning, a fitting climax for a weekend of fellowship and fun. All proceeds from the event will go to help build Palmer Home for Children's expansion campus in Hernando, Mississippi. Palmer Home for Children, currently located in Columbus, Mississippi, is a ministry to children in need. For more than 100 years, Palmer has provided a stable, Christ centered home life built on loving one-to-one relationships. To help meet the urgent need of children who have no hope and no place to turn, Palmer is establishing a second campus in DeSoto County, Mississippi, near Memphis, Tennessee. When fully complete, the new campus will serve up to 120 additional children in full time care. Palmer serves both individual children and sibling groups, brothers and sisters who need and want to be together, providing an opportunity for every child to learn traditional family values and to become responsible, caring adults. The Blessed Saddles Family Weekend will be a weekend designed around the family, full of fun and fellowship. It is our desire that throughout the weekend folks will join in our ministry to provide hope to otherwise hopeless children, and that the event will help raise money to continue the construction already begun in DeSoto County. For more information on ways to get involved, please contact Palmer Home for Children (662) 893-5266. It is guaranteed to be a sure-fire, get ya bow-legged, honest as the day is long, yippy kiyay weekend!

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