TUSCUMBIA – The 26th Annual “Saddle Up for St. Jude” Trail Ride takes place July 14-16 at Gardiner Farm, 85 Underwood Road, Tuscumbia. This traditional blockbuster event features 300 acres of riding trails to enjoy along with featured entertainment of local musicians and country music stars Aaron Tippin & Sammy Kershaw, Darryl Worley, and Shenandoah. This is the largest event of its kind in the nation, and annually among the largest fundraisers benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Over $2.5 million has been raised for St. Jude over the past 25 years. Some of the best concessions and food you’ll find anywhere is just a bonus. Bring your lawn chair and a thankful heart while supporting the best of causes!
The farm and concessions open at noon on Thursday for campers and riders. Thursday night entertainment gets underway with Drive at 6pm, Cowboy Church Band at 7:30pm, and Shenandoah at 8:30pm
Gates open at 7am Friday and Saturday for riders. Friday night’s music includes Amanda Brewer at 6pm, April Michelle at 7pm, and Darryl Worley closing the evening with an 8:30pm show.
The Josh Brannon Band opens Saturday’s entertainment at 11am and returns again at 2:15pm. The Kerry Gilbert Band takes the stage at 1pm.
The live Auction gets underway at 3pm.
Saturday night headliner: Roots & Boots Tour featuring Aaron Tippin and Sammy Kershaw at 8pm.
Donations for admission and the auction benefit St. Jude Research Hospital.
Ticket prices are $20 Thursday, $20 for Friday, and $40 for Saturday. – OR a weekend pass for all 3 days is only $60.
The event is presented by Circle 5 Outfit - Jimmy and Polly King.
Primitive camping sites are available for $25. Call Ann Jones at 256-446-5392.
No all-terrain vehicles are allowed on the trail this weekend except for those being used by Saddle-Up volunteers.
For more information, call 256-383-0377 or 256-383-0783 or go online to www.saddleup4kids.org