June 26, 2019 11:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- They came by no modern means of transportation, and they rolled into the town of Freeborn Wednesday afternoon.
Wagonmaster John Davis explains: "The Friendship Wagon Train is a group of people that get together and do a horse-drawn wagon train in Minnesota, a different place every year, to raise funds to support Minnesota Special Olympics."
"We started last Saturday morning in Northfield, and then we camped in Faribault, Morristown, Waseca, New Richland, and tonight here in Freeborn," said Davis.
It's a week long, 116-mile trail that also brings new friends together through the years.
"Met a lot of them,” said Jacob Hershberger. “There's some here from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia; and we've been friends with them ever since the first time we come on here. It's a good group of people."
This is the seventh year Hershberger has jumped on the trail.
"This is kind of my vacation," he said. "I enjoy being around horses and other people who are like-minded."
The event also hits close to home.
"It means a lot to me. Me and my wife, we've had a handicapped child; it just means a lot to me. That's one of the main reasons I'm on this trail is because of that, because I know it's going for a good cause," Hershberger said.
An estimated $30,000 in donations from the participants and the towns they stop in along the way, will be donated to the Minnesota Special Olympics once their journey is complete.
The group will end near the Iowa border in an antique village just south of Kiester, where they will have their final ceremony Saturday morning.
Updated: June 26, 2019 11:04 PM
Created: June 26, 2019 10:44 PM
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