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South Central Ruritan hosting horse show to benefit ballfield

The South Central Ruritan Club will sponsor the 10th annual Tennessee Walking Horse Show on June 11.
Proceeds from the show will go toward repairs from the damage sustained in last month’s storms as well as to light a youth baseball field at Ruritan Park.
South Central Ruritan was founded in 1965 and has maintained a park for community use as well as sponsor nine to 11 Little League baseball and softball teams each summer.
The park served as a supply distribution point for Washington County residents of the April 27-28 tornadoes.
The area around the park was one of the most severely hit in the county, with the park itself also suffering major damage from the storms.
“The horse show is the biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Hontas Bailey, show manager. “This time around is especially important because we lost fencing, dugouts and trees around the park as a result of the storms.”
The horse show will also allow a second field at the park to be lit, an upgrade for the young ball players who use the park’s fields.
Along with many children of the community, South Central Elementary School also uses the venue for athletic events.
“The horse show means a lot to the community, because the park means so much,” Bailey said. “Aside from allowing us to sponsor several Little League teams, we can also provide a place for these kids to play ball. These profits are what maintains the park and helps us keep it open.”
The park will also provide the club house for the Coalition for Kids survivors beginning on June 20.
Horses will be shown from Middle Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
The horse show will take place at the park which is located in the South Central Community on Highway 107. Gates will open at 2 p.m. and the show will begin at 5 p.m. Price of admission is $5. For further information contact the South Central Ruritan Club.