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Snellville's Parkwood Farms to hold barbecue today

LAWRENCEVILLE - Giddy up and get on over to Parkwood Farms for a Sunday barbecue.

The farm, which offers horseback therapy for children with autism spectrum disorder, is hosting an open house event from 3 to 7 p.m. today.

Chiropractor Marilyn Peterson, who runs the farm, said the $5-a-plate barbecue and fundraiser is designed to let people know that the facility exists and to get volunteers from the community.

Peterson started the facility six years ago after seeing how her autistic 11-year-old son, Julian, responded to horseback therapy.

"We'd been doing a lot of other therapy," she said. "Horseback therapy worked so much better."

The Snellville farm has therapeutic riding, a mild hyperbaric chamber, a far infrared sauna and other services. Peterson is a Defeat Autism Now practitioner.

Today's event will have bluegrass guitarist Curtis Jones and a kids' area where children can decorate horseshoes and color. There will also be a raffle at the event.

For more information, see www.parkwoodfarms.org or call 678-344-6821. Parkwood Farms is located at 2519 Parkwood Road in Snellville.