Flying Horse Farms brightens the holiday season for all with their new twinkling, seasonal light display “Light Up Camp” drive-through event in Mt. Gilead.
Due to health and safety restrictions, Flying Horse Farms couldn’t host their medical specialty camps or on-site programming. Instead, they’ve come up with a way to delight everyone this holiday season, including high risk individuals who need to avoid public places. While their campers and caregivers missed out on camp this summer, this is an amazing opportunity to allow their campers to visit their beloved camp in a safe way. New visitors will get a glimpse at the facility that has offered healing, hope, and adventure to children for more than ten years, along with some holiday fun.
Flying Horse Farms “flipped the switch” on “Light Up Camp” on Thanksgiving, November 26, and is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through December 27, including Christmas Eve and Christmas. The half-mile drive through the property will feature festively decorated camp buildings, and showcase a 12-minute animated light show at the center of camp. All visitors must remain in their cars for the entire event.
The light display includes more than 8,000 individual bulbs and more than 3 miles of lights. The event is free, but donations are highly appreciated and suggested. Donations are used for camps and programming to allow children with severe medical conditions to enjoy a camp experience.
Flying Horse Farms “Light Up Camp” schedule
Fridays/Saturdays: 6 – 10 p.m., last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.
Sundays: 6 – 8:30 p.m., last car admitted at 8 p.m.
Thanksgiving/Christmas Eve/Christmas: 6 – 10 p.m., last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.
“In a year like 2020, we wanted to create a way for our campers and caregivers to find their way back to camp in a safe, physically distanced way while also providing a little extra light to all this holiday season to carry us into the next year on a bright note,” said Flying Horse Farms CEO, Nichole Dunn. “We’re excited to welcome people who have never been to Flying Horse Farms for a glimpse at our facility that has offered healing and hope to children for more than ten years along with a little holiday fun.”
Local businesses, organizations, and community leaders who are sponsoring the event include Consolidated Cooperative, Rocky Bonecutter, Edward Jones, Snuggled in Hope, and Trinity United Methodist Church. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available.
“We’re grateful to the many community partners who are supporting “Light Up Camp,” said Dunn. “Their support will help us build upon this year’s light display and grow it next year. We expect this will be the first of many ‘Light Up Camp’ events at Flying Horse Farms.”
“Light Up Camp” represents one more way Flying Horse Farms has made themselves available and offered innovative activities and events in 2020. The organization has continued to deliver on its mission of providing healing experiences for children with serious illnesses by creating a series of virtual and physically distanced experiences that have included virtual campfires, Camp-in-a-Box pick-ups, and drive-in movies. More than 500 campers have participated in these virtual activities this year. Flying Horse Farms has also opened up its property for use as a quarantine site by local first-responders since April.
About Flying Horse Farms
Flying Horse Farms is a medical specialty camp that provides healing, transformative experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families, free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year. The camp serves children ages 8-17 and their families, from Ohio and beyond. Our campers have medical conditions including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and facial differences. To learn more, visit www.flyinghorsefarms.org.