On November 7, the Southern Pioneer Electric Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) team presented Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Organization with a donation to buy new team harnesses for their pageant.
The $9,000 donation will help the Peace Treaty with the purchase of six new team harnesses. The harnesses are used by the teams of horses to pull the wagons during the Peace Treaty performance – an integral part of telling the story of the Peace Treaty.
“What a great program HUGS is and what a blessing it is to replace these harnesses,” said Kevin Noland, the Board President of the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Association. “The harnesses were in pretty rough shape and this provides a much safer situation for all the volunteer riders and horses.”
The Peace Treaty prides itself on period accurate equipment and costumes. The wagons and some equipment have been in the community for generations, dating back to the earliest pageant performances. So the need for specific, durable replacement equipment is paramount to the pageant.
Dee Longoria, Southern Pioneer Electric Energy Services Coordinator and HUGS team member, said, “The Peace Treaty is a big part of this community and has a lot of historical significance. The whole community participates in the festivities and to be able to help such a big and important event is always great.”