Sunday, October 9, 2011

Some News You Can Use

Preparations for the twenty-third annual Dansko Fair Hill International have reached a fever pitch, as only four days remain until Opening Day. Here is some news you can use:

Merchandise – Sarah Colenda and Diane Trefry report that they will have a full line of embroidered items – including polo shirts, fleece vests and jackets, ¼ zip sweat shirts, hoodies, long sleeve tee shirts, chunky knit hats, fleece beanies, assorted scarves, tote bags, and coffee mugs.  There will be something for everyone’s taste and wallet. And it’s all just in time for the Holidays

The Merchandise Booth will be set up within the mammoth Country Shops tent to take maximum advantage of the flow of foot traffic that circulates during the four days.

And as a gesture of gratitude to the army of hardworking volunteers that make this event possible, Sarah and Diane will offer a 10% discount on any purchase made by a FHI Volunteer. Just present your Dansko Fair Hill International volunteer credentials to redeem this benefit.

Hoedown – Barbara Bateman, Mary Ioppolo and their energetic crew are hard at work preparing for the second annual “Hoedown at the Fair Hill Saloon” to be held in the VIP Tent at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, October 12. Based on the reaction to last year’s inaugural outing, this evening of good food and good cheer is the perfect way to get the week started on a happy note. Some of the highlights:
  • Western Buffet - featuring Pig Roast, Steamship Round, Baked Beans, and all the trimmings;
  • Auction of the Teams – a panel of experts divides the CCI Riders into teams of four or five, and each team is sold to the highest bidder. Winners are determined after the competition on Sunday, when the scores of each team member are added together. The bidding is a spirited affair, as bidders are egged on by the wit and wisdom of Auctioneer Jimmy Wofford, who is ably assisted by some of the best event riders in America, the members of PRO (Professional Riders Organization) in the role of bid-spotters; 
  • The Dallas Band – One of the best western bands in the area will return to the Fair Hill Saloon to keep things lively throughout the night. Last year, with the adrenaline still pumping after the auction, the dance floor filled up quickly and kept going until the wee hours. Pity the rider who has an early dressage test on Thursday.

With an admission price of $40 + cash bar, the Hoedown is a major Fundraiser for Fair Hill International. Tickets can be ordered in advance – (410) 398-2111 – or purchased at the door. We hope you’ll come to enjoy the fun.

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