2017-10-12 / News

Hayrides in the Park scheduled for Oct. 21

Timothy Mucciante
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Richfield Township Parks and Recreation, together with the Genesee County 4H Club, is holding Hayrides in the Park on Oct. 21, at Richfield County Park. Admission is $5 for adults, but kids 15-years-old and younger get in free. Free donuts and hot cocoa are included and costumes are encouraged. The 4H Club will be on site offering pumpkins for sale.

Richfield Township Supervisor Joe Madore is the organizer of the event. “This is our eighth annual, and we're doing it as a fundraiser for our Little League. We also work in conjunction with a couple of the 4-H groups, and they raise a little funds with it, as well. Like, last year they were selling pumpkins and gourds,” Madore said.

The hayrides are pulled by a tractor, Madore said. “There's a group that comes out, and they provide the tractors. I get the wagons and the straw from friends of mine, and then the 4-H group comes out and pulls them around,” Madore said. “It's kind of like a big parking lot show. You start at one side of the park. We have a pavilion there. We have a big fire going in the fireplace. We pick you up there and drive you on the other side of the park. It's about a three-mile round trip,” he added.

On the opposite side of the park, kids can get off the hayride and play on the playscape and get donuts and cocoa. “The tractor keeps going around in circles. Get on and ride it back to the other side and ride it as many times as you want, all the way around back and forth,” Madore said.

Last year, Madore estimates that about 400 people attended. He expects about the same this year.

Madore originally started the event because he grew up going to Richfield Park, “I lived right by it. A lot of time people in Davison nowadays don't even realize those parks are out here. So I thought it was a good idea to have something inside the park to let people know and get them out in the park and realize how big and beautiful it is and what's out there,” Madore said.

Madore said that holding this event is important to let residents and guests know that a beautiful park is local and ready to be used. “You know, I don't think people even realize the parks are out here. How big and beautiful there are. There's a disc golf course right across the road,” Madore said. “A lot of times, I think we just need to drag people out here for some event just to let them know it's here,” Madore added.

Richfield County Park is located at 6322 N. Irish Road. The rain date is Oct. 22.

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