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Celebrate the season in equine splendor at J.W. Ruby farm

Halloween with Horses offers treats, lessons about animals

Spooky season is right around the corner — and so is Halloween with the Horses.

Hosted by the West Virginia University Collegiate Horsemen’s Association, the event is set for  2-4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the J.W. Ruby Research Farm in Reedsville.

The  community activity provides families and children with the opportunity to visit the farm, meet WVU’s teaching herd and receive a treat bag in a fun and safe atmosphere.

According to Jensen Swartz, animal and nutritional sciences major and president of the student organization, the event is an opportunity to showcase the work of equine studies students and faculty.

“This year, we are excited to give back to a local nonprofit and share the WVU farm with local families all while bringing smiles to the faces of little ones,” she said.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, all guests will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing while indoors.

As during previous Halloween with the Horses events, the horses will be dressed in a variety of costumes and attendees are encouraged to dress in costume.

Prizes will be awarded for most original, scariest, funniest and best family costumes. Mr. Twister Balloon Artist will also be on-site.

Treat bags will be prepackaged and given to children as they leave.

The event is free and open to the public; however, cash donations will be accepted with proceeds benefiting On Eagles Winds Therapeutic Horsemanship Center in Fairmont.

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