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Ranch's Harvest Party Proves "Miraculous" Comeback

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The comeback of Miracle Mountain Ranch after arson has been nothing short of, well, miraculous.

"After the fire the ranch was devastated, I mean that was a real blow," said volunteer Brad Allen, "but everybody came together the Lord worked miracles, seriously." His family has been coming to the ranch for years.

Allen was in full costume for a mud run that went along with the ranch's "Harvest Party" on Saturday. 

The Harvest Party is always a big draw at the ranch, but this year it has special significance.

It's the first one since a fire destroyed three buildings in August. It's somewhat of a victory celebration over the tragedy this summer.

Fire may have destroyed buildings at Miracle Mountain Ranch, but it also ignited a flame within the hearts of the families who go there.

The success of their annual Harvest Party is a snapshot of the love and dedication that the families have for this place.

"It's fun for the kids they have horseback riding, they have apple cider demonstrations, there's a pie baking contest," said Brad's wife Amy Allen. "They have a wonderful Christian message."

For the Allen family the ranch tradition is several generations strong.

"My son and I have been here for father- son camp the last two years, last year I had my father so we had three generations," said Allen.

The Harvest Party is celebrating one of the best fall seasons the ranch has ever seen, and the beginning of a fresh start.

"The pad has been cleared, we've had over 8,000 bails of hay that have been donated to see us through the Winter, the finances are all there now," said the ranch's Executive Director Matt cox, "now it's just a question of getting done before the snow flies."

Cox expects construction on the first of the new buildings to begin next week.

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