Veterans Day service, tractor show, trail ride on tap for Saturday

Published 6:44 pm Thursday, November 9, 2017

For anyone looking for something to do this weekend, they won’t have to look very far.

This Saturday, there are several events taking place in Selma and Dallas County to help celebrate Veterans Day weekend.

The Friends of Paul M. Grist State Park is teaming up with the Humane Society of Central Alabama to host a trail ride at the park starting at 9 a.m.

The ride was organized to help raise awareness about both the park and the work the Humane Society does in Selma and Dallas County. The Humane Society oversees the Adoptable Dogs program and works with Selma’s Purrrfect Pals to offer dogs and cats that are fully vetted through the Selma Animal Shelter.

“We’re just trying to promote the park and get people there,” said Melanie Mitchell, who helped organize the ride. “We’re just trying to get the word out there that we do need volunteers, and if we can help the community then maybe the community will come and help us.”

The park has 21 miles of horse trails that riders can take guided or non-guided rides on.

Admission is $15 for riders and $10 for non-riders.

The HSCA is asking visitors to bring a donation of shavings/litter or pet food.

The admission fee includes park admission and lunch, which is hotdogs, chili, stew, dessert, and drinks.

Selma American Legion Thomas R. Mackin Post No. 20 will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Memorial Stadium at 10:45 a.m.

The guest speaker for the ceremony will be U.S. Army National Guard Capt. Jonathan Brown.

“Veterans Day is the way the nation honors all the men and women of our country who have sacrificed for our country to help maintain the freedoms that we enjoy every day,” said American Legion member John Coon.

The Selma Rotary Club will serve a lunch of hotdogs, chips and drink after the ceremony.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 316 and its auxiliary will hold its Buddy Poppy drive.

Donations go to help veterans in the community.

The West Dallas Antique Tractor, Car, Gas Engine and Craft Show is also Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the old Orrville High School.

There will be vintage tractors and antique cars. There will also be blacksmith demonstration, pottery, quilting, a pedal tractor race, a cake walk, a petting zoo, music, arts and crafts and food vendors.

The show is sponsored by the Orrville Volunteer Fire Department.