Rodeo by bike in Saint-Paris on Monday
ST. PARIS – This is not your usual rodeo which will take place on Monday in Saint-Paris. Participants have two wheels.
A Memorial Day bike rodeo, sponsored by the Covenant Lutheran Church, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 31 at Graham Middle School, 9644 US Route 36.
Covenant pastor Reverend Robert Akins said riders of all ages are welcome. The event will include instruction on bicycle safety, bicycle repair, an obstacle course to test driving skills.
Akins said the church collected and restored 20 bikes to trade in or give to those in need. And as a bonus, each participant will receive a bicycle helmet, courtesy of the Dayton Children’s Hospital and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Scouts from Troop 258 will provide bottled water and maintain a first aid station. Volunteers from the church, scouts and the community of Saint-Paris will lead the tests, skills classes and bicycle repair.
This is not Akins’ first cycling rodeo, who hosted a similar event two years ago at his former church in Sidney.
Akins said he would always remember the look on a child’s face after he was told he could keep the bike he was given to do the course. “His father just lost him,” Akins recalls.
Akins said he was surprised at the number of parents who expressed appreciation to him for having their children’s bikes adjusted or who were grateful to learn more about repairing bikes.
For more information or to donate a bike, call Covenant Lutheran Church at (937) 663-4695.
Submitted by Joe Curran.