Horse enthusiasts who enjoy trail rides and beautiful scenery will want to attend the second annual University of Nebraska 4-H Trail Ride Benefit.

The Sept. 9 and 10 event, at the Nebraska National Forest and Nebraska State 4-H Center, in Halsey, offers trail rides, forest tours, live entertainment, a steak fry and auction. Those who don't have horses can register as non-riding participants in all the activities plus wagon rides.

The steak fry and Sunday morning breakfast are provided. Participants may purchase sack lunches when they register or bring their own food.

Lodging is available at the State 4-H Center on a first-come, first-served basis for $11.50 per night, $21.50 with bedding provided. Accommodations also are available at the park's campgrounds and motels, in Halsey and Thedford. Certified hay will be available for sale.

Registration is $65 per person or $175 per family. Early registration is preferred, but will be accepted late, if space is available. Send checks payable to the Nebraska 4-H Development Foundation, c/o Sue Ferguson, 114 Agriculture Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0700. Participants are encouraged to raise donations from community supporters.

To donate items for the auction, contact Monte Stauffer, at 402-444-7804. All proceeds will benefit the state's 4-H horse program.

For more information or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Ferguson at, 402-472-4748, or Kathy Potthoff, at 402-472-9021.

The event is sponsored by 4-H, part of Cooperative Extension, in NU's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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