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Wagons Ho! 24th Annual Friendship Wagon Train June 23-June 30, 2012


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Members of the Friendship Wagon Train are gearing up for their annual week-long trek through southeast Minnesota. Their #1 goal ... to raise funds for children and adults with developmental disabilities who attend Camp Winnebago. Camp Winnebago, located near Caledonia, Minnesota, runs several one-week camps for these special people to share in outdoor activities that most of us take for granted.

For 24 years this dedicated group of wagontrainers has gathered and traveled through many parts of Minnesota. The group has grown to consist of people from across the country—Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi. Many of the volunteers of the 2012 Friendship Wagon Train will be traveling across the countryside in wagons pulled by horses or mules, while others will be riding in a saddle. The public is invited to come out to see and visit with them during the week of June 23 – June 30.

This year, the group will be assembling in Stewartville, MN, on Friday, June 22. The wagon train will leave on its journey at 8 am on Saturday, June 23. Through the week, the wagon train will travel as follows: Stewartville to Chatfield; Chatfield to Fountain to Preston; Preston to Harmony to Canton; Canton to Hesper to Mabel; Mabel to Blackhammer; Blackhammer to Schech’s Mill to Caledonia; Caledonia to Camp Winnebago. On Saturday, June 30, the Wagon Train will have its final ceremony at Camp Winnebago where the group will present all donations raised through the week to Barb Cage, Director of Camp Winnebago.

Meals along the route will be prepared by several organizations in the communities the Wagon Train is passing through—Lions Clubs, Churches, 4H clubs, local individuals and businesses.

100 percent of the funds raised by the Friendship Wagon Train will be donated to Camp Winnebago on June 30. Last year the group raised over $30,000 during the week’s journey. It is their hope to have a successful fundraiser again this year. Individual, business, and group donations are accepted all along the route.

Take time to come out to meet the Wagon Train participants when they pass through your area. Souvenir T-shirts, hats, bandanas, and more will be available from the Wagon Train’s Peddler Wagon. For more information, contact John Davis, Wagon Master, at 507-365-8064 before June 20, 2012.

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