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Monday, September 27,2010

Go west with Special Olympics

'Cowboy Day' takes place Saturday at Peacock Tree Farm

by Kritika Bharadwaj
Special Olympics athletes from
Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties will be joining their families and
friends for a day of cowboy activities on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Peacock Tree Farm
in Laingsburg. The event includes steer-roping, cow-milking, riding in a horse-drawn
wagon, watching pig races, visiting the animal barnyard and touring the 180-acre
tree plantation.

The Special Olympics organization
provides sports training and athletic competition in a range of sports for
children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Although
sports are the driving force, the ultimate goal of the organization is to help
people participate and receive respect as members of their communities.


To spread awareness, Special
Olympics is hosting a walk on the popular “2 Feet for 28” path, organized by
S.O. Area 28 of Clinton County. It will be open to all visitors; registration
begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. There are two trails
to choose from: The short trail is wheelchair-accessible. A $10 contribution is
requested for the participants.


The event is free for athletes; families
and friends pay a $2 admission. Tickets for rides on the train and wagons, and
some miscellaneous activities are $2 each.


The Peacock Road Tree Farm is located at 11854 Peacock Road
in Laingsburg. For more information, directions and a virtual tour of the farm,
visit www.peacockroadtreefarm.com.

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