Pumpkins, wrestling and medicine drops

Check out these weekend events
Oct. 25, 2013 @ 05:05 AM

Pumpkin Palooza

BOSTIC — Paws Ranch Equine Rescue in Bostic will host a Pumpkin Palooza this Saturday from 1-7 p.m. featuring pumpkin decorating competitions, pony rides and costume contests.

Other events will include corn hole, pumpkin golf, broom hockey, a straw maze and several kid-friendly activities.

The event is free to the community and visitors can enjoy complimentary hot dogs, drinks and baked goods while relishing in the fall weather outdoors.

Attendees are encouraged to bring donations including new or recycled horse buckets, blankets, lead ropes, brushes, feed and other items.

All donations are tax deductible and anyone who donates items will receive free raffle tickets for various prizes.

Paws Ranch Equine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization formed to ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach in Rutherford County.

Since its inception in 2006, Paws Ranch has gone from a small farm that sheltered only a few horses to a full service, well-respected rehabilitation facility housing up to 30 horses at any given time.

For more information contact Paws Ranch at 828-447-5899 or 800-580-6504 or visit www.pawsranch.org.


"Crunk" Day

FOREST CITY — Join friends and family this Saturday at Owls Nest Sports Lounge in Forest City for "Crunk" Day, a community celebration honoring the late Jeffrey "Crunk" James who was killed at Mingle City in Spindale on Sept. 28.

James was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Navy who served his country in three combat tours of duty, and was an active member of the Youth Empowerment for Cleveland and Rutherford counties.

A father figure to many youth in the community, James served as a youth sports coach and volunteered as a boxing coach.

An all-day event, "Crunk" Day will feature activities including wrestling, a silent auction, horseshoe tournaments, a bake sale and a bike/car ride through Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City.

Music, hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings will also be available.

Proceeds from the event will benefit James' family members.


Operation Medicine Drop

RUTHERFORDTON — While prescription poisoning is on the rise in North Carolina, Operation Medicine Drop can help protect citizens by keeping medications from falling into the wrong hands.

Bring prescription and over-the-counter medicines to the take-back event this Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the following three locations: Food Lion in Rutherfordton, Food Lion in Forest City and Ellenboro Fire Department.

Operation Medicine Drop is a partnership of Safe Kids North Carolina, the Riverkeepers of North Carolina, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of North Carolina and local law enforcement agencies working together to encourage the public to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

By providing safe and secure ways for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting waters from contamination.

Since 2010, Operation Medicine Drop has collected more than 30 million pills at nearly 1,000 events.

For more information contact United Way at 828-286-3929 or visit www.ncsafekids.org.