UNION GAP — Snow or no snow, a popular annual fundraiser featuring horse-drawn sleigh or carriage rides will take place later this month at the Central Washington Agricultural Museum.
The fourth annual Sleigh Day Play Day is set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at the museum, 4508 Main St. in Fullbright Park. Sleigh Day Play Day is a fundraiser for the museum and is held in conjunction with the Horse-n-Harness Group.
If there is snow on Jan. 18, guests will get a ride on horse-drawn sleighs through the museum’s large show field. If there’s no snow, the horses are hooked up to wagons for rides on the museum grounds, according to a news release. There are several horse teams for the sleighs, and rides are limited to about the first 300 visitors.
Depending on the popularity, the sleigh rides are sometimes limited to children. Those attending should keep in mind that rides will be halted at 2 p.m. for the health and well-being of the horses.
Donations of $5 per person or $20 per family of four or more are requested and include a tram ride from the Fullbright Park parking lot to wagon rides, the ride itself, hot cocoa or hot cider for each person. There will be a bonfire on site and one s’more kit per person, along with a photo station for selfies and a tram ride back to your car.
Food will be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the event help the Horse-n-Harness Group and the Central Washington Agricultural Museum with events, equipment cost and more throughout the year. Members of the group travel from all over Washington state as volunteers to demonstrate working horse and draft horse skills at Union Gap events.
They offer driving clinics to teach the art of driving horses in harness and give rides at events, demonstrate antique farm equipment powered by horses, put on the Farm-a-Copia Plowing Bee, give carriage rides in parades and more.