Sept. 27 2010 12:00 AM

'Cowboy Day' takes place Saturday at Peacock Tree Farm


    Special Olympics athletes from
    Clinton, Ingham and Shiawassee counties will be joining their families and
    friends for a day of cowboy activities on Saturday, Oct. 2 at Peacock Tree Farm
    in Laingsburg. The event includes steer-roping, cow-milking, riding in a horse-drawn
    wagon, watching pig races, visiting the animal barnyard and touring the 180-acre
    tree plantation.

    The Special Olympics organization
    provides sports training and athletic competition in a range of sports for
    children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Although
    sports are the driving force, the ultimate goal of the organization is to help
    people participate and receive respect as members of their communities.


    To spread awareness, Special
    Olympics is hosting a walk on the popular “2 Feet for 28” path, organized by
    S.O. Area 28 of Clinton County. It will be open to all visitors; registration
    begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the walk beginning at 10 a.m. There are two trails
    to choose from: The short trail is wheelchair-accessible. A $10 contribution is
    requested for the participants.


    The event is free for athletes; families
    and friends pay a $2 admission. Tickets for rides on the train and wagons, and
    some miscellaneous activities are $2 each.


    The Peacock Road Tree Farm is located at 11854 Peacock Road
    in Laingsburg. For more information, directions and a virtual tour of the farm,
    visit www.peacockroadtreefarm.com.