The second annual Roundup for Manna will be held at the Circle G Ranch (Pine Top Farm) on Oct. 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This is a fundraiser for Thomson's Manna Ministries Inc., a local charity supported by area churches. The first Roundup in October of 2005 attracted 250 people and raised more than $3,000.
The Roundup will begin with the wagon train which will carry the unmounted city slickers out on the range to find the cattle. There will be a special VIP wagon for senior citizens. The mounted cowboys will herd the cattle up to the wagons for feeding and petting, and then the cowboys will move the cattle, all 160 head, to new pastures in a western-style cattle drive.
About halfway to the new pastures, the herd will be stopped and gathered up for some roping and calf-working. Then the cowboys will get the herd moving again and the wagons will follow to the new pastures.
When the wagons return to the starting point at the Circle G party shed, a burgers and beans supper will be served, followed by dessert. Live musical entertainment and bull riding will follow.
Everyone, young and old, is encouraged to come and wear their best western outfits and 10 gallon hats. Prizes will be awarded for the best outfits.
Tickets are available at Manna Inc, 118 Greenway Street, phone 595-3138; and at Thomson First United Methodist Church, 353 Main Street, phone 595-3936. Advance tickets are being sold for a minimum donation of $10 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Tickets at the gate, if available, will be $12 and $6. Ticket sales will be limited to 300 so get your tickets in advance.
All food and other items will be donated so that every penny goes to Manna. Contact Susan at FUMC if you would like to help. A silent auction is also planned.
The ranch is located two miles east of Thomson on the Augusta Trail. The wagon train will leave promptly at 5 p.m.