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Horse Show And Country Fair Returns To Peekskill

The Rotary Club of Peekskill will host a horse show and country fair at the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill.
The Rotary Club of Peekskill will host a horse show and country fair at the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. Photo Credit: Contributed

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- The Rotary Club of Peekskill will host its 43rd Annual Horse Show and Country Fair Sept. 21-22 at the Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill.

A Wells Fargo Stagecoach and team of four horses will complement the Western riding competition Saturday and offer a unique photo opportunity for all.

Admission and parking are free and the show will go on, rain or shine. Competition and attractions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This is the only show in Westchester County with both English and Western riding classes. There are 28 Western classes with eight championships Saturday, and 28 English classes with eight championships Sunday. Riders from stables throughout the tri-state area participate in the show.

In addition to the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, fair attractions include pony and hay rides, a country fair and craft market, bounce and slide rides for the children and a “Kountry Kitchen” offering home-baked goods, pumpkins, apples and mums.  In the food tent, Rotarians serve up burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage and peppers, fries, beverages, ice cream and pretzels.  Breakfast is available for early arrivers.

Other special attractions include live bands, heavy horse pulling, demonstrations of kung fu and boxing, performances by Magical Margo and photo opportunities with Shrek.

The highly regarded Masonic Child ID Program offered by Courtlandt Masonic Lodge #34 will be offered again this year. The program provides parents at no charge with a CD that includes a child’s photo and background data in order to help law enforcement agencies more quickly recover a missing child.

Peekskill Rotary President Sandra Smith said: “We enjoy producing this show and are proud that it is recognized as one of the ‘must see’ family events in our community.  We also are thankful for the hundreds of Rotarians who have worked so hard to make this event successful for the past forty-two years. The horse show continues to be our club’s main fundraiser, with all proceeds donated back into the community and to meet international humanitarian needs.”

Blue Mountain Reservation is on Welcher Avene off Route 9.

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