The Critter Barn hosts its annual Hoe Down at the Baker Lofts in Holland on Thursday, October 17th. Guests will have the opportunity to meet volunteer and staff members, and learn about how the Critter Barn is working with thousands of kids each year. Special guest Lauren Joldersma from Holland Boys and Girls Club will share about the weekly program the Critter Barn's staff is providing for the South Side Boys and Girls Club of Holland and Rock Urban Youth Ministry.

Proceeds from this year’s event go to three specific Critter Barn programs:
-Programs for kids with special needs
-Weekly outreach to urban youth
-And mentor programs for kids who volunteer at the farm.

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Plus, they have some big plans to unveil.  The kind of plans that are going to impact the community – but you have to attend if you want to be the first to know.

This year’s dinner centers on the Year of the Cow theme, and features hamburgers made from ground steak.

The Hoe Down is an annual event designed to raise support for the educational farm. In addition to dinner, this year’s event has fund-raising games, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, live auction with John Petroelje, and the crowd-pleasin’, toe-tappin’ moo-sic from Steve Weidman’s Bluegrass Band.

Here are the details:

When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tickets: $35 per person (go to to register and get your tickets)
Where: Baker Lofts
What: Critter Barn Hoe Down, featuring food, drinks, dancing, silent auction, door prizes and much more!
Dress: Casual

The Critter Barn is a non-profit three-acre farm featuring many kinds of farm animals where children get an up-close-and-personal experience with animals, farming and agriculture. The farm is open year-round with classes for kids of all ages, public hours and special events.