S.M.A.R.T. Plant#039;s Relay team plans April 14 trail ride

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 14, 2007

Put on your cowboy boots and your cowboy hats and prepare to hit the trail Saturday, April 14, as S.M.A.R.T. Alabama LLC Relay for Life Team sponsors a trail ride to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

S.M.A.R.T.'s Relay for Life team is just one of many teams around the county raising money in the fight against cancer. The Crenshaw County Relay for Life will be held at E.L. Turner Park on April 27.

The April 14 trail ride will begin at &#8220The Big House,” also known as the Cowles' Reunion House down County Road 4 on Old Meriwether Trail in Highland Home.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages five to ten, and $2 for children four and under. These prices, according to S.M.A.R.T. Plant's Relay Team co-treasurer Reba Sexton, will also include each participant's lunch. Lunch will consist of a hot dog or hamburger, chips, baked beans, cole slaw, a drink and dessert.

Sexton emphasized the fact that anyone participating in the trail ride under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The 12-mile ride, Sexton said, will take travelers from Old Meriwether Trail through the Cowles Road, Rocky Mount Road, and back again.

&#8220We'll basically make a loop,” Sexton said.

She also added that those who would like to participate but who do not have a horse may ride in one of the two wagons that will be filled with hay.

&#8220We'll have the two wagons pulled by horses, and we'll also have several trailers filled with hay that will be pulled by tractors for people to ride in,” she added.

Sexton encourages those with horses who would like to participate in the trail ride to do so.

&#8220For those who would like to ride their own horse, we require the negative six months Coggins vaccination information,” she said.

&#8220All ages are welcome to come out and help us to raise money for this very worthy cause, the fight against cancer.”

Anyone participating in the April 14 trail ride must fill out information flyers, which includes signing a waiver that S.M.A.R.T. and/or Crenshaw County Relay for Life will not be held liable for any accidents or injuries.

Sexton added that the S.M.A.R.T. Relay for Life team had already been busy raising money for the American Cancer Society.

Don Dunbar is the S.M.A.R.T. Plant Relay for Life Team captain.

&#8220We've had several small fundraisers just for the employees,” she said. &#8220We sold Valentine's baskets, and we sold chances on a cake.”

The employees have even enjoyed a &#8220Tasters' Luncheon” where the employees bring different covered dishes, pay $5 per plate, and go through the &#8220buffet” line and are served a portion of everything on the table.

&#8220We'll be selling chances on an Easter basket all this week; plus, we're in the process of selling $1 chances on a fish cooker that will be given away the day of the trail ride,” Sexton said.

The team will also be selling chances on the fish cooker the day of the trail ride as well.

For more information, please contact Reba Sexton at 335-5800, Ext. 295. After 5:30 p.m., contact 334-850-3478 and ask for Rana or Ricky Roper.