Spry Farm giving back as part of annual fall event with charity fun run

By Allan Bradbury
Staff Writer

A local family hobby farm is using its annual fall event as a way to give back to the community that has helped them in the past.

As a new addition to its annual fall farm day, The Spry Farm will be holding a charity fun run with proceeds earmarked for the Fort Frances Community Chest.

Leanne Spry is the owner of the farm she says the Community Chest has helped her family in the past and they want to give back to a charity that helped them when her son was born.

“We chose the Fort Frances Community Chest as the charity to donate the proceeds to,” Spry said. “We used the charity back in 2014 when my son Henry was born, because he was five weeks premature. So we spent about 10 days in the NICU in Winnipeg. It’s a great organization that provides financial assistance for emergency medical needs.”

The Saturday, Oct. 1 fun run will include a five km race for adults and a two km kids race as well as a two km walk for those who can’t or don’t want to run. The entry fees for the races are $30 for adults and $20 for children. Paying to enter the race also includes entry for the fall farm day which would usually cost $12 per person with children under two being free.

People interested in registering for the races can do so online at thespryfarm.com/fallfarmday.

Spry is also hoping to recruit some volunteers to help with different aspects of the day, especially the race.

“We’re also looking for volunteers,” Spry said. “Just like any kind of event that hosts a lot of people, the more hands on deck we have the better.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can contact The Spry Farm via Facebook or on the website.

The gate will open for race participants at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 8:45 and the rest of the farm event will open at 9 a.m.

Another addition to The Spry Farm’s Fall event this year is a vendor market. Proceeds from vendor’s table fees will also go to the Fort Frances Community Chest. Spry was uncertain about the lineup of vendors but has had the Coffee Camper at events in the past and hopes to have someone serving food as well as other vendors like Lowey’s Greenhouse, Hen & Chick Baking and Krystynna’s Kreations.

The event will also include tractor rides around the farm property, lawn games, a pumpkin patch and, of course, the usual petting farm. Animals on the farm include miniature horses and donkeys, pigs, chickens and goats. For more information visit The Spry Farm Facebook page or thespryfarm.com/fallfarmday.