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Humane society, harness club to host trail ride, auction, music

What happens when the Humane Society of the Lakes meets the Mid-Minnesota Harness Club? A trail ride, dance and campout to remember.

The Waggin Trail Ride set for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday is a fundraiser for the Humane Society, and features a short ride Friday evening and a long ride on Saturday, followed by a barbecue meal, a live auction, music with deejay Jim Colby and camping both nights. Horses and wagons are welcome — the trails are wide enough.

Cost is $20 per person, $30 for a couple and $40 for a family.

The event will be hosted at the Jon Jackson spread in the Hidden Hills area.

To get there from Detroit Lakes, take Highway 10 east, go left on County Road 54 across the railroad tracks, turn right on 300th, then left on 137th Street, and it’s the first place on the left. The roads will be marked. The address is 30312 137th Street, Frazee.

“We always have to have fund-raisers, we have to have money coming in to take care of the daily expenses,” said Georgia Nagel, a volunteer with the Humane Society.

“I mentioned maybe combining dogs and horses — we met with these guys and it was a go,” she said.

The event was supposed to have been held in the fall, on Oct. 6, but on Oct. 4 it snowed, so the Waggin Trail Ride was rescheduled for this month.

“We’ve done benefits before,” said Jackson, “and this one is actually turning out to be really big — we got really good sponsorships off the bat, and a lot of people have already signed up.” The Red River Valley Horse Club was invited and agreed to come, he said.

“It’s on Facebook, so word just kind of followed along the Internet,” he added. Riders are coming from the Twin Cities to the Canadian border — about 200 people are expected to show up, if the weather is nice.

Jackson said his group is also much obliged to the half dozen or so landowners  who agreed to allow the horses and wagons to travel across their property: The wagon train will bounce along in a loop from the Hidden Hills area past the Detroit Mountain area and back.

Don’t own a horse? No worries — just come out for the barbecue dinner, live auction, music and dancing on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

“We want another 100 people out for that,” Jackson said.

“If they can’t participate in the ride earlier in the day, they can come out that night and enjoy the music,” Nagel said.

Your free-will donation will help the Humane Society, which does not, by the way, plan to bring any dogs along on the trail ride. They don’t want any accidents or dogs being stepped on in all the excitement, Nagel said.

The auction will feature gift certificates and other items donated by businesses, and the event will be led by “the great Darby Nundahl, real champion cowboy auctioneer,” Jackson said.

Whether they’re bull riders or barrel racers, lots of horse owners are expected to attend, Jackson added.

“A lot of people are horse show people or rodeo people, they like to kind of enjoy a weekend instead of going on the circuit,” he said.