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Adding riding trails around Harvest Ridge discussed at Holmes County Agricultural Society

By KEVIN LYNCHStaff Writer Published: February 25, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- Ricky Mast was present on behalf of the Ohio Horseman's Council of Holmes County to talk to the Holmes County Agricultural Society about the possibility of adding some riding trails around the Harvest Ridge property.

The council has the resources and is willing to help create and maintain trails for use by the community.

"We currently have 39 members, plus their spouses and we have 19 children that are members," Mast said. "Right now, we go over and take care of Mohican trails. While we love it over there, we sure would like to do something in our county.

"I proposed to the park district if we could help them with any walking trails or bridal trails," she continued. "We'd also like to do that here. We have resources and we have people who have done this for years."

She explained that her organization's project over the years to create and maintain trails.

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"As soon as we can do a physical walk through to see what we're dealing with, as far as ravines and water crossings, we'd like to get an idea what's here," Mast said. "We have secondary members in Wayne County, but we haven't made the proposal to them. But we work together to maintain trails, and we'd love to have some trails right here, somewhere to ride."

Looking down the road, they would like to eventually incorporate a state ride, using the Rails to Trails and some trails here, that would include overnight camping.

Fair board member Jamie Darr said the boundaries were clearly marked with stakes and ribbons when the new fairgrounds first started being developed.

"There are already some pretty substantial trails existing, and it wouldn't take much to get them ready," Darr said. "They are logging trails that would be pretty good for horses right now. We've got some small areas that would take some clearance to put some trails in."

Holmes County Fair Board President Kerry Taylor noted that there is a stream mitigation in the woods that the park district is in charge of.

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"We can't clear anything in that stream mitigated area," Taylor said. "It's a pretty narrow area. It's just long."

Darr said there should not be any home owner problems, as there are fences all the way around the fairgrounds.

"We would like to do a walk through whenever you guys feel we can do that," Mast said.

Taylor said that once the weather is better, Darr will work with them to walk the grounds.

"The ravines that come down through here start on our property," Darr said. "They don't service adjoining properties. There won't be many water crossings, but there would be some muddy, wet areas. But if it's dry like last year, there's no water anywhere; at least nothing you'd deal with trail-wise."

Mast noted they try to avoid those areas.

"We just wanted you folks to know that we are available here with some resources," Mast said. "When you're ready to take us through and let us know what we're dealing with, and what equipment we have available and what we need."

Taylor pointed out that this would be a great additional asset to the property.

Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or klynch@the-daily-record.com.

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