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Mamon ride

October 19, 2011 - Kids with special needs are invited to trick-or-treat at the Mamon Ride for Children, Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Halloween event starts with lunch at Mesquite Creek at 11 a.m. New this year is a petting farm with animals in costume, as well as rides on a miniature train.

"We try to add something different every year," said Kaz Mamon, organizer of the event for the past 15 or so years.

About 100 bikers roll in with their motocycles at about 1 p.m. from Ortonville. Riders are in costume, sometimes along with their bikes.

"It's so gratifying for the bikers to see the kids," Mamon said.

The riders go from child to child for trick-or-treating, giving them candy and educational items such as mind teasers, books, and puzzles.

"It's an opportunity for kids to go trick-or-treating who normally wouldn't" he said. "It's Halloween with an educational theme, to keep their brains thinking."

They have enough candy, but need donations of educational items. They could also use more volunteers to work with the kids, face painting, and help with lunches.

The event is free for children with special needs such as wheelchairs, crutches or blindness. Lunch is $3 for parents and siblings. Rain date is Oct. 30.

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