True Story Acres Trailride draws more than 400

The Lake Gaston Volunteer Fire Department hosted the autumn installment of its twice-annual True Story Acres Trailride over the weekend, which drew more than 400 people to the Blackridge area.
Visitors started arriving for the multifaceted, weekend-long event on Thursday and Friday and were able to embark on individual trailrides before Saturday hosted the main event.
On Saturday, following breakfast provided by the Lake Gaston Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, attendees were given the option to partake in one of two trailrides, a 19-mile ride or a 24-mile, slightly more difficult ride for experienced riders.
The group was served lunch by the department on Saturday, as well as given the opportunity to stop by Rosemont of Virginia Winery mid-ride for a wine tasting event.
The department provided a pork chop, cowboy beans and fan-favorite baked cabbage dinner on Saturday evening, followed by a dance, costume party and contest.
The group dispersed on Sunday morning.
The ride, rescheduled from earlier in the month due to incoming hurricane conditions, drew more people than expected to have had the date moved.
John Zubrod, deputy chief with the Lake Gaston Volunteer Fire Department, called the turnout phenomenal.
The event drew more than 400 people, at least 350 horses and hosted 165 overnight campers who stayed through the weekend.
The department would like to thank everyone who came out and enjoyed the warm fall weather, food, music and fun and supported the event.
The department would also like to invite everyone to the station on Dec. 3 to visit with Santa Claus!