Families will soon be able to celebrate Halloween at a fall festival where proceeds will support equine therapy for people with disabilities in Cherokee County.

Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services, or BEATS, Inc., is hosting a fall festival and 5K run Oct. 30, to raise money for programming, scholarships and horse care.

The festivities kick off with the Gallop and Go 5K, starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 30 at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, 11905 Highway 92.

BEATS owner Bethany Nugent said admission will be $35 and will include a shirt. Runners in the event will choose to represent one of the horses at the BEATS farm in the race.

“We did a 5K in the spring that was really well received and people had fun, so we thought we’d do it again in the fall,” Nugent said Tuesday. “We are really appreciative of wHydrate from Woodstock for stepping up and being the presenting sponsor.”

There will also be a virtual option for the 5K. Those that register for the race virtually can run the 5K on their own and submit their time to BEATS, Nugent said. Male and female winners will receive an award in various age groups. Nugent said runners, both in-person and virtual, can wear costumes.

All proceeds from the 5K will go towards BEATS to help with scholarships funds for those in need of financial assistance, as well as horse care.

Later that day from 2 to 5 p.m. at Mariposa Farms in Canton, BEATS will host a Fall Festival.

Nugent said the festival will have face painting, pumpkin painting, games and a costume contest. The winner of the contest will receive a gift card or coupon. Kids and teens in attendance will also have the opportunity to participate in trick-or-treating with costumed horses.

The event raises money for BEATS’ hippotherapy and aquatic therapy in treating children and adults with disabilities. The therapy helps to improve balance, muscle strength and speech.

The festival will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at Mariposa Farms, 75 Red Gate Trail near Canton. Admission is $5 for the kids’ zone. All proceeds will go toward taking care of the horses and creating scholarships for clients who need its services.

For 5K registration and more information, visit bit.ly/3FmricU. The online registration deadline is the Thursday before the event, but those interested may register at the event that morning as well. The deadline to submit virtual 5K runs is Oct. 22 to Oct. 31. The race is a registered Peachtree Road Race qualifier.


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