The Eleventh Annual NCH Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride will be held over the Labor Day Weekend in Middle River, Minnesota with all activities located in or beginning in town. Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, August 30st and 31st and join in the fun all for a great cause.

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The Eleventh Annual NCH Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride will be held over the Labor Day Weekend in Middle River, Minnesota with all activities located in or beginning in town. Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, August 30st and 31st and join in the fun all for a great cause.

This year’s Cancer Benefit and Ride is respectfully dedicated to the Memory of Barb Geer, Trails To Treatments Committee Member from 2013-2019.

“Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.” - Harmon Killebrew

Trails to Treatments (TTT) is a grant program administered by the North Country Horsemen (NCH), a non-profit organization based out of Middle River, Minnesota. The North Country Horsemen Trails To Treatments grant program offers financial assistance to patients receiving cancer treatments. Grants are prioritized and intended for residents of Minnesota in Marshall, Pennington, Roseau, Kittson, Polk and Red Lake counties.

TTT's Mission Statement: Our mission is to assist those in need of funding during their treatment of cancer. We believe most people are not fully prepared for the out of pocket expenses cancer treatment requires. Our volunteers are dedicated to the long-term success of this grant program through ongoing donations and fundraising efforts.

It was in October of 2011 that Trails to Treatments issued its first grant of $300. Since that time (as of July 31, 2019), TTT has awarded 847 grants that have financially assisted patients dealing with cancer. The total amount awarded to date is $462,200! In 2019, TTT is averaging 18 grant applications per month at $700 each, which comes to $12,600 per month! While many organizations, individuals and teams have donated to the cause, the largest fundraiser for NCH Trails to Treatments is the Annual Cancer Benefit and Ride.

Throughout TTT’s six focus counties, many teams have contributed to the success of the grant program by organizing fundraising events in their local communities during the year. Team names include; Flying V Cancer Fighters, Gentilly Rocky Ridge Riders, Gracie’s Tackle Cancer, Greater Middle River Community Choir, Keyboards of Kindness, Klub Club, Northwest Cancer Crusaders, Northern Hope-Altru Clinic Roseau, Paul’s Family of Hope, Ronnie Davidson Team, St. Hilaire Community Club, St. Hilaire Vintage Snowmobile Show, The “FUN”raisers, The Retired Flaming Flamingos, TRF Eagles, Trash the Dress for MDS.

In the spirit of recognition and competition, a “Traveling Trophy” was presented to the Gentilly Rocky Ridge Riders for achieving the “largest team dollars” in 2018. All are anxiously waiting to find out which team will win the “Traveling Trophy” award in 2019.

The Cancer Benefit and Ride schedule of events for 2019 starts off with ride registrations on Friday at 4pm, this includes registrations for Saturday’s Trail Rides (Horse & Motorcycle) at The Wheel. There will also be registrations for the Horse Fun Run that will take place on Friday from 4pm-8pm with a $10 donation. This will be a perfect time to drop off any auction items, purchase luminaries, raffle tickets, clothing, caps, etc., and tickets for Friday night’s basket drawings. (Auction donations prior to August 31st are encouraged and can be dropped off at Border State Bank in Middle River or contact Shirley at 218-686-4163 to make arrangements for pick up.)

Also, on Friday at The Wheel from 6pm-8pm, there’s a Best Chili Contest and Chili Feast with a free will offering. Bring a crock pot of chili to share or just come and enjoy the food. Chili condiments will be provided and prizes for Best Chili will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd places.

The next scheduled event is the ever-popular Goat Milking Contest at 7pm on Friday. It will take place at the Davidson Construction Parking Lot.

Stick around for Friday night’s Karaoke Contest at 8pm at The Wheel, with accompaniments provided by Jason Rominski. This event premiered in 2014 and is a good time whether you compete or just come to enjoy the music. Cash prizes of $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be awarded, along with a People’s Choice Award, which is a 50/50 split between the singer and Trails to Treatments. The amount of the People’s Choice is determined by the number of people who vote and the dollar amount with which the audience members vote. Call Jason at 218-686-3830 or Jody Kirkeide at 218-684-1228 to pre-register for the
competition.

Saturday morning kicks off at the Middle River American Legion with a hot breakfast served from 8am-10am by the Klub Club Team. The registration table will be set up at 8am at the American Legion to sign up for the Horse Trail Ride or the Motorcycle Fun Run, drop off auction items, or purchase luminaries, raffle tickets, clothing, caps, etc.

Between 8:30-9:45am at the Ornquist Arena, there will be another opportunity to register for the Horse Trail Ride. Then at 10am, after a group picture or two, it will be time for riders to head out on the approximate 13-mile Horse Trail Ride from the Ornquist Arena Parking Lot off County Road 6. Spectators are welcome to send off the trail riders, however please no motorcycles at the Ornquist Arena. Lunch will be provided immediately following the trail ride for a minimum donation of $5 at the Ornquist Arena Food Shack. Also set up in the Ornquist Arena will be an obstacle course. No prizes will be awarded and there are no age categories, it is only for fun.
Time now to turn everyone’s attention from the activities at the Ornquist Arena back to what’s happening in the City of Middle River.

The Silent Auction will open on Saturday morning at 9am at the Old Ambulance Garage.

New this year is the Motorcycle Fun Run. At 10am the Motorcycle Fun Run participants will gather by the American Legion for a picture and begin their 180-mile journey. The riders won’t return until the evening.

At 12pm at the American Legion, lunch will be served by the Flying V Cancer Fighters Team.

There will be Live Music playing from 2-5pm. Come out to enjoy a variety of area musicians in the shade of a tent on Main Street.
2:30-4:30pm there will be horse rides, kids’ activities and games near the American Legion and the Fire Hall.

3:30-5:45pm Wagon Rides start on Main Street and will go along the luminary trail.
5-8pm the evening meal will be served at the American Legion. Come and enjoy a delicious meal of Barbecued Ribs and all the Fixings. There will also be a hotdog meal option.

5pm the Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest will be the place to be on Main Street. (Remember to bring your youngsters all dressed up and ready to participate!)

At 6pm on Main Street, the Cancer Tribute Ceremony, a program that honors those who currently have, have had or have lost their battle to cancer. This program shares a heartfelt message concerning the many that have been affected by cancer.
Guest speakers are Honna Westlund and Hanna Bergsnev. Honna and Hanna recently presented TTT’s story at a state level competition to FCCLA, a student leadership organization. They will share their award-winning presentation on Main Street.

The Live Auction will immediately follow the Cancer Tribute Ceremony, at approximately 6:30pm. Check out the Trails To Treatments Facebook page photos for a peek at the many exciting auction items being added each day.

The Silent Auction ends 15 minutes after the completion of the Live Auction. This will give everyone a last chance to up their bids on the items they want to win!

The Silent Auction winners will be announced and finally, there will be evening entertainment at the Middle River American Legion by the “1 Night Stand Band”.

Highlights:
Pocket schedules are available. Check local businesses.

Primitive camping is available at the Ornquist Arena in the trailer parking area with room to put up portable fencing for horses.

Chili Contestants wanted for Friday night. Bring a crockpot of your favorite homemade chili by 6:00pm for the Best Chili Contest followed immediately by a Chili feast with all the fixings. Prizes through 3rd place will be awarded.

Raffle Tickets are currently being sold for $2 a ticket. Contact anyone on the TTT committee if you would like to buy or sell raffle tickets. Drawing will be held at the American Legion on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:30pm. Need not to be present to win. Raffle Prizes and those who donated them are:

• 1st- 2-Nights Lodging for 4 people at Sunset Lodge on Oak Island - Courtesy of Davidsons & Palmquists

• 2nd- Thompson/Center Arms Compass .243 caliber, bolt action rifle - Donated by Jerald & Darcie Larson

• 3rd- Thompson/Center Arms Compass 6.5 Creedmoor, bolt action rifle - Donated by Davidson Construction & Ready Mix

• 4th- Thompson/Center Arms Compass .308 caliber bolt action rifle - Donated by Dairyland Seed, Brad & Sara Lunke

• 5th- Full/Queen Size "Katies Quilt" - Made & Donated by Adele Rosencrans & Dana Jenkins

• 6th- Cooler - Roto-Molded - Pink Big Frig 75 Quart - Donated by Coop Oil of Middle River, MN

• 7th- Woop Power Winch - Donated by Fleet Supply, Thief River Falls, MN 218-681-2850

• 8th- Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer - Donated in Memory of Paul Erickson

• 9th- King Kooker - Donated by Underdahl Hardware Hank of Newfolden, Karlstad, RLF & TRF

• 10th- John Deere 16” Boys Bicycle with training wheels - Donated by Evergreen Implement, Thief River Falls, MN

Items for sale at the event include T-shirts, sweatshirts, can koozies, luminaries, caps, etc.
Luminaries are available for a $5 donation and will be viewed along the wagon trail. You can choose your own special “IN HONOR” or “IN MEMORY” message.

Cash Donations &/or Silent & Live Auction Items are Welcome

Donations for the Silent and/or Live Auctions can be brought to Border State Bank in Middle River prior to the event or contact Shirley at 218-686-4163 to make arrangements for pick up. Items may be brought to The Wheel on Friday or the Old Ambulance Garage on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend.

Prizes will be awarded to those people collecting CASH sponsorships, (not including the ones listed on the t-shirts). Cash sponsorships of $100 or more receive an Ultra Plush Blanket. Cash Sponsorships of $200 or more receive a TTT Hooded Sweatshirt.

Forms for cash donations are available on the website: https://www.northcountryhorsemen.com/trails-to-treatments.

Cash Donations or Sponsorships must be turned in to the registration table by noon on Saturday. Information should include the sponsors name, address, phone number and the dollar amount. This information is important so thank you notes may be sent out.

For more information regarding the Eleventh Annual NCH Trails to Treatments Cancer Benefit and Ride, contact a TTT Committee Member: Mardy Anderson 218-689-2063, Steve & Stacy Bierman 218-686-7074, Sue Helm 218-686-4340, Marc & Shirley Horien 218-686-4163, Kristi Westlund 218-686-7440, Tanya Peterson 612-913-1189, Melissa Galland 218-686-4214, Ronnette Anderson 218-689-8154

Come and enjoy your Labor Day weekend with NCH Trails To Treatments in Middle River, Minnesota. A fun-filled weekend is planned, rain or shine, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it!