Celebrate the Cold with a Sleigh & Cutter Festival in Pelican Rapids, MN Feb. 4

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Becca Babolian with her POA gelding, Tonka, at the 2016 Sleigh & Cutter Festival. Photo by Ley Bouchard.

Celebrate the Cold with a Sleigh & Cutter Festival
and Winter at the Barn in Dunvilla Feb. 4

Fargo, ND, Jan. 6, 2017 – Step back in time to a day where sleighs were an  important mode of transportation across the prairies. Imagine many vintage sleighs, cutters and bobsleds being pulled by beautiful equines with heavy winter hair coats.

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Polly Thorsness with her mule team Kit and Jane at the 2016 Sleigh & Cutter Festival at Dunvilla in Pelican Rapids, MN. Photo by Ley Bouchard

Members of the Midwest Minnesota Harness Club and Red River Harness Club invite you to enjoy the majesty of horses, ponies, mules and donkeys,  pulling sleighs, cutters, and bobsleds at the 3rd annual Sleigh & Cutter Festival and Winter at the Barn at 9 a.m. February 4, 2017 at the Barn in Dunvilla, 48203 Highway 59 in Pelican Rapids, Minn.

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Ken Pawluk, left, with David Steedsman, driving Dick, in a novice class at the 2016 Sleigh and Cutter Festival near Pelican Rapids, MN. Photo by Ley Bouchard
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Lori Steedsman driving her Haflinger team, Nevada and Chance, at the 2015 Sleigh and Cutter Festival near Pelican Rapids, MN. Photo by Ley Bouchard.

According to Christy Bjorgan, event organizer, “Each year the event grows bigger with teamsters coming from all over MN and ND. We are also planning more activities in between show classes including shovel races and skijoring.”  Free sleigh rides will be provided by Brian and Denise Layman.

Winter at The Barn includes a Boutique Show with 40 vendors featuring unique, vintage and repurposed creations, along with some of your favorite product line vendors. You can also dine at the lunch and snack counter for some hot sandwiches and goodies.  The Boutique Show runs from 9am-3pm on Saturday.

Right next door, The Inn at Dunvilla is featuring a January special with $99 rates! Gather in the beautiful lobby, sitting in front of the fireplace. Enjoy some pizza along with beer and wine with your friends. Then finish the day by relaxing in the pool and hot tub.  Call 218-863-8000, or go online to Choice Hotels.

Teamsters who wish to participate in the Sleigh & Cutter Festival may contact Bjorgan at myblackhorse65@gmail.com or call 218-841-1674. Vendors who wish to rent booth space may contact Grefsrud at dunvillainc@gmail.com or call 218-841-4022 for additional information or to reserve a booth.

This event is hosted by the Midwest Minnesota Harness and the Red River Harness and Saddle Clubs.

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Information and registration forms may be found at the Red River Harness and Saddle Club, www.redriverharnessandsaddleclub.com/sleighcutterfestival/ or the Valley Equestrian News web site: www.theveonline.com or at the Facebook pages of the Red River Harness Club and the Valley Equestrian News.

Contact Ley Bouchard for media inquiries, interviews or additional information at leybou@gmail.com or 701-361-8648.

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