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Bring the kids out for some fun at the ranch and a great cause this weekend – to a Halloween-themed rodeo.

On Saturday Oct. 26, Sleepy Hollow Cattle Ranch in Riverhead is hosting a Kids’ Cowboy-themed Halloween event and horsemanship show, which will be hosted a true cowboy, Missouri-raised cattleman and bareback bronco rodeo competitor, Shane Ely, who operates the Riverhead ranch.

The event will include horsemanship classes for children and adults, barrel and dash racing, cattle-roping competitions, rider-and-horse costume classes, egg-and-spoon riding races, pony rides, a swap meet, and a Chinese auction of baskets donated by local businesses.

There will also be free barbeque for all those who attend.

All of the proceeds will support Contractors For Kids, a charity assisting families with seriously ill and dying children. Since its start in 2005, the non-profit has helped about 400 families with help fund mortgage payments, bills, funeral expenses, and even cars for single mothers with children receiving frequent treatments.

“We have reimbursed travel costs related to cutting-edge treatments unavailable locally and provided aid to families unable to submit mortgage payments due to healthcare-related expenses.  We also assist parents faced with the heartbreaking task of making funeral arrangements for their children,” said Kevin G. Harney of Stalco Construction, a co-founder of the non-profit.

The rodeo will be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sleepy Hollow Cattle Ranch at 391 Middle Road in Riverhead.

Admission is $5 per person.

To support Contractors For Kids and learn about the organization’s activities and upcoming events, please visit or call 1-888-208-KIDS.