Autumn has officially started now that Medina Creative Housing has held its Fourth Annual Fall Fest at the MCH Therapy Ranch, 5200 Lake Road, Medina.
Festivities began at 11 a.m. October 6, with a horse show, and concluded at 3 p.m. with a costume contest. Youngsters could be seen everywhere in all sorts of Halloween costumes, from scary witches to dainty princesses, and everything in between.
During the entire four-hour period between those events, visitors at the free family-oriented event enjoyed pony cart rides, went on hay rides, decorated pumpkins, walked the Trick or Treat Trail and won candy prizes, ate hot dogs, purchased goodies at the bake sale, had their faces painted, or simply walked the grounds taking in the natural beauty of this site.
The Tree House, Pieh's Paradise, named for the late, fondly remembered Sharon Pieh, attracted young and old alike to its craft room, where children decorated seasonal items such as real pumpkins, which they then got to take home. Immediately outside the Tree House, in the playground, swinging was a fun pastime on the beautiful autumn day.
The MCTR herd has grown considerably since the therapy ranch was built. There are now 15 horses - Angel, Biscuit, Canada, Chief, Cocoa, Ellie, Hope, Joy, Libby, Rio, Sassy, Spirit, Twister, Simba, and Willow. Cocoa pulled the cart that gave guests rides throughout the afternoon.
Inside the barn, about 20 riders performed in a variety of specific events demonstrating their riding skills in such riding feats as pole bending, barrels, and jumping. Many riders from the MCTR have qualified as State Special Olympics Athletes.
Supporters who have generously donated to the MCTR are: The Hilliard Family Foundation; The Catanzarite Foundation; Keller-Williams Tri-County Properties; The Chady and David Hall Foundation; Westfield Companies; Elaine Orlandi; and Home Depot.
In the 26 years since she has led this organization, MCH CEO Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty has continuously created specifically-designed living arrangements and programs to help individuals with disabilities lead independent, productive lives.
Following the Fall Fest, many pre-paying guests gathered for a fund raising clam bake in the lodge.