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9th Annual Shrine Trail Ride A Success RAIN, RAIN GO A WAY was the call for the week-end of October 18, 19 and 20during the Carroll County Al Chymia Shrine Mounted Patrol's ninth annual Shrine Trail Ride at the Wrangler Camp in Natchez Trace State Park near Lexington, Tennessee. Like the first three trail rides we had, liquid sunshine was over flowing. Still, despite the rain, the generous 250 -plus sponsors and the 211 participating (and very wet) riders made it possible for us to send the Shrine Children's Hospitals a check for $12,500.00.The mounted patrol wants each and every person or business that sponsored the event or helped out in any way to know that they are very much appreciated. Registration was started Friday by Norma Atkins, Jo Ann Eason and Wanda Lee Higdon while Cis Cason, Nancy Riggs, Addie Lou chase and Brenda Spencer set up yard sale tables and prepared for Friday night's fish fry. Dick Bayless, Tommy Black, T. Richard Goodwin, Kenneth Pickler and Carly Bayless prepared the fish, hush puppies and French fries. Joey Simmons furnished 100 pounds of slaw for the Friday and Saturday's meals. Many ladies brought dessets and prepared the drinks. In all 135 pounds offish fillets, 50 pounds of French fries and 25 pounds of hush puppy mix were consumed along with all the tea, coffee and soft drinks. On our first ride in October, 1994 only six Shriners were present. 23 AL Chymia Shriners were present on this ride plus Kenneth Pickler from Jamil Shrine in Columbus, South Carolina, David Hall from Hamasa Shrine in Meridian, Mississippi and a member of AL Menah Mounted Patrol from Nashville Tennessee. Our 2002 Potentate D. Randy Waddell., Chief Rabban Charlie Moore (2003 Potentate). Past Potentate R. Roy Goode and candidate for 2003 Oriental Guide Shelby Berryhill were in attendance. It's still raining. Saturday morning most groups rode by themselves. Rain caused the all day ride to be canceled. Except for a few new riders most everyone now knows the trails and rode on their own. The new riders chose to ride with the group going the speed that best suited their horses. The Saturday night Bar-B-Que. was perfect. Eugene Scudder borrowed Jimmy Lamb's cooker so Billy Dalton, Tim Kemp, Tim Dries, Jim Norman, Greg Hillard and Wendell Norman kept the fire going and the 21 shoulders slow cooked Friday night and all day Saturday. As usual, our Ladies served the meal while Nancy Riggs and Sandy Lemons collected the money. Thanks to all the Ladies who brought many delicious desserts. The rain is still coming down. After supper Don King did another great job as our auctioneer which along with our yard sale, brought in over $3,900.00. When Don had to take a brake I presented him and Johnny Scott with a plaque for their service and dedication to the Al Chime Shrine Trail rides. For the third year the Trailriders Band from Colt, AR furnished the entertainment both Friday and Saturday night. Not only are they great musicians but they are also participate in our trail rides. We have invited and they have accepted a return performance for next year's ride. Vernon Manley of Manley's Printings in Forrest City, AR accompanies them and furnishes our fliers. Rev. Steve Whitworth from Bruceton First United Methodist Church was present for the Sunday morning worship service. His message was about one not only giving material items and money to Jesus but also giving one's self to Jesus. The unit is very appreciative to Bro Steve for giving his time to our ride. Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM the drawing was started with Jim Conrad of Holladay, 'IN winning the trail ride saddle and Donald Balentine of Hollow Rock, 'IN winning the raffle saddle. They along with the winner of the Thornton Package had headed home to dry out so no pictures of the winners were taken. As usual the Natchez Trace Park personnel did an excellent job helping with the ride. Johnny Scott went way above and beyond the call of duty helping. Dr. Nick Todd and Richard Finley, for which we are very thankful, turned several away for lack of current coggins papers. They also worked the over flow area at the bam and to send some away from there. Both of these men are from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and have been asked to help again in October 2003. Next year, our tenth anniversary ride, we will have memorial ride Montana silver belt buckles celebrating the event for $80.00 each. Lt. Darrell Douglas (731-986-8507 after 6 PM) is taking orders for them now. When we left the wrangler camp Sunday afternoon he had an order for 39. If you are interested please give him a calL Hopefully, the buckles will be in before Christmas, and remember they would make a great Christmas gift for your horse-loving friends and relatives. Otis Ozier of Hillard Lyons Investment of Memphis donated a $50.00 savings bond to be selected by a drawing. All children present 12 and under were registered and Emily Sellards of Linden, 'IN was the lucky winner. In addition to Otis Ozier our other sponsors were Bert and Shelly Baker, Veleria Maddox, Faye Winsett, Wanda Lee Higdon, W. L. and Susan Wyatt. Co!. Dan Simon, Ed and lann Cary, Melton and Sons Trucking, Noah's Ark, Ray Smith's Chevrolet, McGrady Boutique, Studio 256, Shirley Martin, The Gift Gallery, Dollar Discount, Smokey's Closet, Marilyn's Florist, Hall's Hardware, Country Nook, E. W. James, Brenda Carter, Bruceton First Bank, Hopper Drug, Butcher's Block, Bruceton Service Center, Judy Sills, Ronnie and Brenda Bennett, Fashion Fabrics, Jim's Barber Shop, Mac's Bargain House, House of Style, Gerald's Big Star, General Store, Huntingdon Value Plus,Wilks's Used Cars, TDS Telecom, Bruceton Tiger Mart, Gwen Hodge, A. J. Sales, Dave's Alternator, Oakdale Funeral Home, Early's Discount, Reed's Furniture, Cypress Mart, Ivey Comer, Value Max, Five Star, Medlin's Flea Market, Auto Zone, Camden, Farm Supply, 641 Fast Lube, Rand R Copier and Supply, TV A Credit Union, Kirby's Propane, Carroll Bank and Trust, Taylor's Insurance, Baker's Insurance, Computer Solutions, Ralph's Nursery,Lilly Pad Florist, Miller and Son Furniture, Penny's Petals, Nautical Treasures, Hulmes Sporting Goods, Gary's Discount, NAPA Auto Parts, Paris Florist, Jeans Ltd., Leach's Radio Shack, Advanced Auto, Murray McKenzie Jewelry, The Toggery, Market Street Florist, Jack Jones Florist, Leach's Music, Lisa's Hallmark, Unimin Co., Belisle Machine and Tool, Allegro Plant, Jim's Discount Pharmacy, Tracye McDaniel, Johnny Scott, Don King's Auction, Jim Smith, Jessica Towne, My Favorite Things, Kentucky Lake Urology Clinic, Town and Country Florist, Weatherly's Central Electric, Lomar Lamps, Lakeway Florist, T. S. Micro, adorn's Supermarket, The Odyssey, Smith Tire Barn, Duchess Beauty Salon, New Direction, Midway Materials, AlfTaylor Trucking, Pat's Pony Parties and Petting Zoo, Arnold Trucking, Steve King Trucking, Mc's Grocery, Southwestern Stockyard, Keeton Law Firm, Off'S Jewelry, Huntingdon Auto Parts, Redneck's Pawn, Morrisett Tires, Lori Ann's Florist, Alive in Christ, Turner's Dairy, City Drug, Chandler Music, Huntingdon Animal Clinic, Mack's, Arrow Wholesale, Hometown Rent to Own, Flippin Drug, Wilson's Jewelry, Vacuum Center, D& J Art Work Gallery, Touch of Heaven, Kathryn Robinson, Darty's Trailer Sales,Lisa'a Cut & Curls, Argle & Ronnie Graves, A-one Lumber Company, Thompson Appliance, Bill's Florist, Espey Oil Company, Burrows,Hi Tech Printing, Cottage House Florist, Sharon's Nutrition Center, Thompson Machinery, Hair Designs Unlimited, Mathis Battery, Danny Ivy Enterprises, French's, Benton County Plumbing & Electric, Tennessee River Restaurant, Buddy's, Camden First Bank, McKenzie Antique Mall, Denise Cory Premier Jewelry, C & L Bargain House, Arnold's Hardware, New Generations, Tropical Tan, Blow's Gun Shop, Fine Line Designs, Snow Doves, The Gift Grove, Carroll County Chiropractic Center, The Cowboy Store, Hilltop Wholesale, Dyers Auto Parts, Mor for Les,G. E. William's Furniture, Hamilton Smith Designs, Lexington Lumber Company, A-I Carpet, Helms Motor Company, Golden Circle Implement, Raycon Enterprise, Antoniette Driver, Fishy Business, Creasy's Honda Shop, Reed's Muffler, Wood's Maytag, True Value Hardware, Davis Dry Goods, Backstage Bridals, Douglas Law Office, The Old Oak Shop, Children Fashion, Stewart Drugs, William's Ace Hardware, Miller Gift and Collectibles, Upscale Boutique, Fashion Fair, Palmer Tool Company, Colvett's Fix-it-Shop, Bill Sills' Sportswear, Griffin and Powell Monument Works, Taylor Real Estate an Auction, Scarbrough Realty, Janice's Jewels, Mary K. Sills, Pete's Body Shop, Stanton Furniture, Fair Oaks Ranch, Huntingdon Insurance Agency, Dilday Funeral Home, Maddox & Maddox Law Firm, Joe Moon, Homestead Ace Hardware, Lighthouse Book & Gift, Legendary Styles, Chase Funeral Home, CBK Limited, Suedell's, Jewelry Box, The Ivy Cottage & Dining Parlor, Furniture Barn, Bruceton Funeral Home, Town of Hollow Rock, Jo Ann's Fashions, Dave Enterprises, Little Minnies, Lanzer, Calla Lilly Collection, Fairview Farms Sadddlery, Moder Woodmne-James & Karen Fucks, Carroll Farmer's Co-op, Styles & Profiles, The Headquarters, Lucy Johnson, The Orange Blossom, Wicks & Scents, The Home Place, Rural King, Weakly County Animal Clinic, Bill's Auto Part, Christian Music Book Store, 4 Seasons Florist, Office Products, Van's Pharmacy, S1. Charles Florist & Gifts, Ken-Ten Sports, Sher's Dress & Casual Wear, Vincent Boot & Shoe, Sugar & Spice, The Color Shop, Bob's Pharmacy, Vaughn Bros., Huntingdon Carpet, Huntingdon Termite & Pest Control, City Florist, Nanney's Florist, The Service Center, Carroll Insurance Agency, William's Furniture, Super Drugs Discount, Heartworks Decorating Center, Wardrobe Cleaners, Parish Law Office, Jones Plastics, Associated Rubber, Tatum Auto Parts, Johnson Auto Parts, Inc., Humboldt Pawn and Sales, Personal Hang-Up, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Howe & Jordan Refrigeration Co., Jeffs Lawnmower Service, Maddox Insurance Agency, Webb's Auto Parts, Karen McCullough, Joy Parker, Sign and Trophy Express and Charlie Neal of Sunbeam Bread Company. Again thanks for each and everyone that helped in anyway making this ride successful. If you know of any child we can help just contact any Shriner or call 1-880-237-5055. Please don't forget the 26th Tom Boyd Memorial Ride on April 12&13,2003 and the Central Quarterback Club Ride on May 3 & 4, 2003. Both rides will be at the Natchez Trace State Park Wrangler Camp. Looking forward to seeing you again for the 10th annual Shrine Ride on October 17, 18 &19, 2003 at the Natchez Trace State Park Wrangler Camp. Thanks again for all your help and support.

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