Ride the Wilds Jamboree to be Held in September
The Berlin Daily Sun

July 26, 2014

Colebrook – Hoping to capitalize on the success of the Ride the Wilds initiative, area groups and businesses have gotten together to promote “Ride the Wilds Jamboree; A Fall Foliage Spectacular.”  This event will give both locals and tourists a reason to make the scenic trip to Bear Rock Adventures in Colebrook, on Saturday, September 20.

People will be able to explore a portion of the Ride the Wilds trail on A.T.V. while participating in a modern day scavenger hunt. For a small fee, those who register will be given G.P.S. coordinates to find their caches. Those successfully completing the hunt will enter a raffle for various prizes. A.T.V. enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy a "Show and Shine" either as spectators or participants and drag races through a mud pit. There will even be an unmanned air vehicle also known as a drone taking high quality photographs and video of the action.

For those who don't have an A.T.V. or choose not to rent one, there will be A.T.V. guided scenic tours, hayrides, a smaller scavenger hunt that can be done on foot, various vendors, demonstrations and music. An after-event at Powderhorn at Cabins at Lopstick in Pittsburg is also being planned.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire. CASA is a statewide organization and in Coos County works out of the Colebrook, Lancaster and Berlin courts. Due to a shortage of volunteers in the area paired with the incidence of abuse and neglect, there is a need to spread more awareness about this issue and organizers feel the event will help with that.

CASA is a non-profit that strives to make sure that every child who has been abused or neglected has at least one caring adult in their like to look out for their best interests during a very difficult time and meets with them regularly until they have a safe and permanent home. Abused children and youth who have a CASA have far better short and long term outcomes than those who don't. Last year, CASA volunteers served 42 children in Coos County alone and over 1,000 children state-wide.

Jen Buteau, North Country Training and Recruitment Coordinator added, "We envision this event not only being successful for CASA of NH and growing exponentially in years to come, but also profitable to local individuals who want to sell crafts, groups that want to sell their wares, groups, clubs or other non-profits who want to fundraise. We have been overwhelmed by both the local and statewide support we have gotten to pull this together."

If you would like more information on the event or how you can get involved, call Jen at 752-9670.


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