Island County Back Country Horsemen raffle and ride


The Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will host its annual Russell Maugans Memorial Raffle Ride and Chili Cook-Off Saturday, Sept. 8 at Edgewood Farm, located at 2936 Keller Road in Langley.

All riders and walkers are invited to participate in the two- to three-hour trail ride through Putney Woods and the chili cook-off, raffle and silent auction afterward.

Riders and walkers may depart the farm anytime between 9 and 10:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10 and includes five free raffle tickets or $20 for the ride plus 20 tickets. Additional raffle tickets cost $1.

The entry fee for the chili cook-off is $10. The chili will be judged at 11 a.m. with tasting by the ride participants at noon. Cash prizes for chilies will be given for both the judges and people’s choices.

The drawing for raffle prizes begins at 1 p.m. The silent auction is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This event celebrates the life of Russell Maugans, an early developer of trails on Whidbey Island and a lover of horses and good chili. Funds raised will go toward furthering the Back Country Horsemen’s goals of educating riders in low impact methods of using public trails and continuing trail development for riders, bikers and walkers on Whidbey Island.

For more information, call Mary Casey at 425-315-4622 or Diana Putney at 321-5631.



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