Jerry Lisner, long time Queen Creek resident, was the impetus behind this project.      Jerry felt that the site needed a flag visible from the road and from all places within the park.   After several years of fundraising, and the generous donations from members of the community, the new flagpole was dedicated during Roots N’ Boots 2014.

Through the efforts and donations of the Queen Creek 4-H and Town of Queen Creek Council member Jeff Brown, Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre will receive a much-needed flagpole. Together they were able to raise $1,000 to donate to the Friends of Horseshoe Park (FOHP) to help secure the relocation of a 65-foot flagpole, along with in-kind support from Aloha Grading, and other groups.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to add this very visible flagpole to Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre,” said Jon Wootten, President of the FOHP. “This donation will allow installation of the flagpole before the annual Roots ‘N Boots Queen Creek event in March.” While HPEC does have a United States flag within the covered arena, FOHP and residents have been raising funds to install an outdoor flagpole which can be seen from Riggs Road as well as the other three arenas.

Queen Creek 4-H kicked off the effort by offering to donate half of the concession sales from their annual horse show, held at Horseshoe Park on Sept. 21, to the FOHP Flagpole fund. When word of this reached Council member Brown, he challenged the club to raise $500 in donations, and he would match those funds. The club managed to sell enough tamales and desserts at their horse show to meet Council member Brown’s challenge and on Tuesday Oct. 1, Council member Brown delivered his promise and handed Friends of Horseshoe Park a donation of $500.

“Members of the Spirit of Queen Creek 4H horse project were very excited and proud to be part of a great opportunity to help out their home arena,” Queen Creek 4-H said in a statement. “Horse Shoe Park Equestrian Center has been a generous partner with the Queen Creek 4H club and when the opportunity arose to help raise funds for a flagpole, kids and leaders were all in. Spirit of Queen Creek 4H looks forward to continue their relationship with Horse Shoe Park and can’t wait to see Old Glory flying high in their backyard.”

“I’m proud to have the opportunity to assist the 4H and Friends of Horseshoe Park with this project,” said Councilman Brown. “We’re a close-knit community in Queen Creek, and the flag certainly shows our unity and commitment to each other and our nation.”

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