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Trail ride benefits children throughout Commonwealth

CROCKETTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The annual Crockettsville Charity Concert and Trail Ride wrapped up today, with four wheelers riding 42 miles through the mountains. Drivers did not just ride just to have fun, but to make the lives of folks throughout the Commonwealth better.

The sixth anniversary concert was Saturday night, but there was more fun down the road. On Sunday morning, it was time for the trail ride.

"This is what we like to do. This is where we're from. This represents what we do as Eastern Kentuckians," said Chad Warrix, a singer, guitarist and songwriter for the country music duo Halfway To Hazard.

Members of the country music duo Halfway To Hazard say when they began the festival in Crockettsville, they knew they wanted to have four-wheeling in it. They also wanted to help their community.

One hundred percent of the money raised from the trail ride will go here, to the Buckhorn Children's Center.

This will benefit kids from throughout Kentucky who live at the center, like D.J. Walters, who is from Owensboro and says he used to get in trouble at school and at home before getting on the right track at the facility.

"It makes me feel good and it makes me feel happy inside that somebody cares about us and they don't even know us and that they're doing this just to help us," Walters said.

Officials with Buckhorn Children and Family Services say extra recreational events, programs, and access to certain specialists are now possible because of the trail ride fundraiser.

"It adds a lot of quality of life. It allows us to do more fun things for the kids and allows them to have that normal part of being a kid," said Darlene Allen, the Care Manager for Buckhorn Children and Family Services.

And the children at the Buckhorn Children's Center had the chance to say thank you to the ones who are helping them, as the trail ride rode past the kids while they waved and showed their appreciation.

Organizers say more than 150 four wheelers were driven during the trail ride They say the festival has raised over 100-thousand dollars so far this year and they are still counting the exact total.

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