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Horse rescue group holding holiday festival
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1768 Newt Green Road
11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Celebrate the holidays with horses this weekend during the Save the Horses’ An Old Fashioned Christmas.

The nonprofit, which rescues horses and other animals, will hold its annual family festival and fundraiser Sunday.

From 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., the farm will feature several sleigh and pony rides, crafts, games and a bonfire for s’mores. Santa will also make an appearance.

Vendors will have a variety of items for sale, including many homemade gifts. Barbecue plates will be sold.

Admission and parking are free.

Event organizer Maureen McCarthy said the organization has held the popular Christmas festival for about five years. She expects a crowd of about 500 this time.

"People just love the fact that it’s a family event, and there’s a lot of things they can do with their kids," McCarthy said.

As with any Save the Horses event, visitors will see plenty of horses at the North Wind Equestrian Center and can visit some rescued animals in the petting zoo.

This year, An Old Fashioned Christmas will raise money especially for the horses’ food needs, McCarthy said.

"There’s no grass, and the price of hay goes up every year, so that’s really the most expensive part of feed through the winter," she said.

The group is still short of its goal to raise about $10,000 for hay through the winter, she said.

Visitors to the event can donate to the drive or become a horse sponsor on the angel tree.

Save the Horses was founded by Cheryl Flanagan about 15 years ago as a horse rescue and public education organization.