Folks hit trails for first-ever Ride for PRIDE benefit

By: Laura Beranek, Mitchell Grogg Email
By: Laura Beranek, Mitchell Grogg Email
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Update: April 6, 2013

The inaugural Ride for Pride in London went beyond horse riding.

The event also included several vendors, including a chain saw artist, along with inflatables and two nights of concerts.

"You don't necessarily have to have a horse to enjoy this," said Mark Davis of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE. "You can just come, and just enjoy some of the vendors that's out there and some of the music, just take part in what's going on."

PRIDE is an organization that works to eliminate illegal dumping and littering, along with cleaning up waterways and educating future generations on keeping Eastern Kentucky clean, Davis said.

"Our grandfathers and our parents and so forth didn't necessarily take care of the environment like they should have. Not because they intentionally did it, because they didn't know any better."

Ron Cundiff brought his two mules, which pulled him in a wagon.

"We just enjoy horse riding, getting in the outdoors," he said.

Dale Greer also rode in the Ride for PRIDE event.

"This year, it's been such a bad winter," Greer said. "This is the first weekend we've had a chance to enjoy it."

While rainy weather in the first part of the fundraiser kept some people from attending, Davis is pleased overall with attendance, he said.

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Original Story: April 2, 2013

The first ever Ride for PRIDE Benefit began in Laurel County Wednesday morning.

Horse rides, vendors, evening concerts, camping facilities, and inflatables will all be available at the London Drag Way.

Several visitors took to the trails both on horseback and in horse-drawn wagons Saturday.

The event will last through Sunday.

Money raised will go toward Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cleaning up outdoors, improving water quality, and supporting environmental education.

"Of course this is April and it's time to start cleaning up," said Mark Davis, a field representative for Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, "So we're just trying to raise some money to help us you with our continuing support throughout our region."

Some of PRIDE's work also allows people to better enjoy the weekend's event, Davis said.

"It's so nice to ride around and drive and to see the beauty that's out here, and it's not trashed up like it once was, and that's something we can all be proud of," Davis said.

Events are scheduled to begin around 7am every day and last until 11pm. For a complete lineup of events, information about admission, and more information, visit kypride.org.


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