Getting Down at the Hoedown for Charity

When it comes to fund raising events, it can often be rather difficult to find something that hasn’t already been done millions of times.

The Senior Ministry at Zion Dominion has come upon a unique idea – an old fashioned Western Hoedown. On August 19 the church held their fourth annual hoedown that featured a mechanical bull, square dancing, western attire, a buffet dinner, giveaways, and a costume contest to raise money for the senior programs.

For three hours the Zion Dominion Vision Center became a Country and Western venue filled with hay bails and salon decor.

Harry got the afternoon’s events started with some square dancing. And for those who had never cut a square before, Harry was on hand to provide a few lessons.

Host Marsha McWilson was on hand to keep the events moving along as they switched from the dance floor to the bull ring.

Several church parishioners tried their hand at riding the mechanical bull. And while it was announced that riders did so at their own risk and there was plenty of padding for protection, bull operator Josh kept the settings on slow to ensure riders had a good safe time. Many riders rode for over 40 seconds but a few even stayed on long enough to top over 80 seconds with the top rider at 88 seconds!
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And thanks to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department Mounties, Doc and Pepe were on hand to pose for photos with the hoedown attendees.
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After all the dancing and bull riding the crowd had worked up an appetite for the buffet of pulled pork, chicken, corn, baked beans, and coleslaw and all topped off with some hot peach cobbler for desert.

Mary took home the top prize for her western wear.

The summer afternoon showers outside did not dampen the spirits inside with an afternoon of music and fun…and all for a good cause.

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