Friends of the Polly Ann Trail
IMLAY CITY — People take fall color tours by car, boat and plane, but a quiet ride through the countryside on horseback might just be one of the best ways to experience the autumn landscape in Lapeer County.
The Friends of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County are making plans for their first event targeting the equestrian community, Autumn on the Polly Ann Trail — an Equestrian Event, on Oct. 19.
The event will take riders through secluded wetlands, rolling fields and dramatic forest canopies along the 20- mile rail-to-trail project. The Polly Ann Trail, still a work in progress, in Lapeer County stretches from the border between Lapeer and Oakland counties, just south of Dryden, to its northernmost point near Kings Mill.
On Oct. 19, check-in will be at 10 a.m. at Stor-Your-Stuf, 151 Blacks Corners Road, Imlay City. Light morning refreshments will be available, and riders can pick up their free commemorative T-shirts. The route will head north from the check-in with several rest stations along the way. Lunch options will be provided along the trail with apples and water available for horses and riders alike.
There will also be vendors at the check-in with products and information geared toward the equestrian, animal lover, and outdoor enthusiast. Vendor space is still available as well.
“There are no other organized trail rides like this in the immediate area, or equestrian-friendly trails for that matter,” said Friends of the Polly Ann Trail volunteer and horsewoman Barb Yockey. “This is a unique opportunity for related businesses to reach their demographic and show their customers that they support important community projects.”
If you do not ride but still want to contribute, several volunteers are needed for event-day tasks, including traffic control, registration and ensuring safe crossings where the trail intersects with area roads.
All proceeds from this event will go toward funding improvement projects on the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County. Past projects include the equestrian friendly trailhead near downtown Imlay City, the trailhead at Dryden’s Memorial Park and the purchase of a piece of property to connect the trail to General Squier Park in Dryden. Future improvement projects may include equestrian-friendly surfacing, trailheads with horse trailer parking in the northern section, trail connections and extensions and drainage improvements.
The Friends of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be taxdeductible.
For more information about the Autumn on the Polly Ann Trail event, including online registration, sponsorship forms, vendor applications, and contacts for volunteers, visit www.pollyanntraillapeer.org or contact Juliane Bagley at 810-656-0359 or firstname.lastname@example.org.