Fall Festival, Spur Cross rides to benefit Luv Shack

By Curtis Riggs | October 15, 2008

A busy weekend for equine rescue
DESERT FOOTHILLS – The 4th Annual Fall Festival will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Luv Shack at 36029 N. 10th Street. (Take 7th Street north of the Carefree Highway to Cloud Road. Turn right on Cloud and follow it to the Luv Shack.)

Luv SahckThe Fall Festival is the Luv Shack’s primary fund-raiser of the year. Last year $5,000 was raised. This year Luv Shack owner/operator Joey Ogburn hopes to double the amount.
There will be face painting, horse painting, a cakewalk, a bounce house and a horse-kissing booth for the younger set. The main treat for the young ones will likely be the hayride trip to the Pumpkin Patch where they can pick their own Halloween pumpkin.

Adults will be treated to a fabulous silent auction, which will include airline tickets to anywhere in the United States, stays in condominiums in Sun Valley, Idaho, San Diego (Sea World), Sedona, Lake Havasu City and at many Arizona resorts and casinos, flight lessons, jeep tours, Ernie Banks autographed baseballs, certificates to a number of fine Valley restaurants, theater tickets and even a chance to play at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course in Cave Creek.

Ogburn said the money raised at the Fall Festival will go toward paying for feed and veterinarian bills for Luv Shack horses. If Ogburn can raise enough money she would like to increase the Luv Shack programs for children, which are offered free of charge, and even possibly “growing into a larger facility.”

Both adults and children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Fall Festival.

A $5 donation is requested from adults who attend.

For information about the family-friendly Fall Festival visit the website www.luvshackranch.com or call 602-400-0826.

The busy weekend will not end for the Luv Shack on Saturday. On Sunday proceeds from the “Take a Hike Arizona” event at Spur Cross Stables will go to the Luv Shack. The Sunday event is to “help abused, neglected or unwanted horses” across the nation. The rides will begin at 9 a.m.

Photo: The popular horse painting will take place at the Luv Shack’s Fall Festival on Saturday.
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