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Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Ryerss Farm held their 24th Annual Blessing of the Animals this past Saturday, October 4th.  After a rainy morning, the sun and blue sky arrived right on schedule at noon as people drove into the farm for the event.  Shortly after 12 o’clock, all animals and pets gathered in the main barn for the short, non-denominational service given by local Pastors Rick Hostetter and Tom Neilson.  There were dogs and cats, goats and, of course, all of the Ryerss resident horses in attendance.  Following the service, the pastors gave individual blessings to all who wanted to participate. 

The Ryerss Fall Festival followed the Blessing with a lunch of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and other lunch items available.  Games were offered, as well as face painting and a “Make your Own Scarecrow” booth.  The Ryerss Gift Shop was open and had lots of new items for horse lovers and other visitors shopping for early holiday gifts.  Ryerss 2015 Calendars were available as well as the new Ryerss Cookbook titled “Good Grazing” Favorite Recipes from Ryerss Farm. Toy tractors, soft stuffed horses and horse puppets were also big sellers with the children. One of the most popular activities of the day was the hayride around the farm driven by our farmer, Tim Blevins with volunteer Dave Coyle as a tour guide!   Of course, visiting with the horses was a special treat for many of the children and adults.  The horses loved the attention as well as the treats of apples and carrots that were offered to them!   

The day was a wonderful success and, in addition to being able to offer a Blessing to every pet in attendance, funds were raised to help support the 80 retired and rescued horses at the farm.

 

BlessingPhotowithBorderPhoto by John Strickler. Used with permission.

Ryerss Blessing of the Animals 2014