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RUTLAND — Rainy weather last Saturday caused the 18th annual St. Jude Trail Ride at the Dill Farm near Rutland to be postponed, but the event will — weather permitting — be held this Saturday.


Isabel Dill stated that the ride would begin at noon on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the farm located at 34843 Beech Grove Road just outside of Rutland.


Despite the bad weather on Saturday, many people arrived earlier in the week, camping and enjoying music on Friday evening.


The ride travels for 10 miles through scenic Rutland Township. Halfway through the ride organizers provide an intermission and refreshments. There is no charge to participate in the 10-mile ride though donations to St. Jude are welcome.


All the proceeds from the event go to benefit St. Jude Research Hospital.


Last year, $23,129.76 was raised for St. Jude with 353 riders registered.


This was an increase of more than 100 from 2011, when 222 riders took part, with 286 people either riding or making donations.


To date, the annual trail ride has collected $168,871.01 for St. Jude.


Once again, ribbons and prizes will be presented to the top three money collectors for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which has a mission to find cures for children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude has treated children from all 50 states and from around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay.


Donations are accepted any one that would like to donate money, door prizes, drinks, or snacks. For more information contact Michael or Isabel Dill at (740) 742-2849, or my mail at 34843 Twp.Rd.447 Rutland,Ohio 45775, or email at isabeldill@hotmail.com.


Raffle tickets can also be purchased throughout the week if you are unable to attend on Saturday.


For more information on Saddle Up for St. Jude, visit mysaddleupforstjude.org or stjude.org.


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