Bicycle Parade and Rodeo set for downtown Elkins

The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean Pioneer Insurance agent Shelly Kerns, right, Pioneer Insurance Vice President Jeff Stalnaker, second from left, and Elkins Main Street Executive Director Karen Carper, left, pose for a photograph with Third Ward Elementary School first-grade student Maddie Tenney Friday afternoon in downtown Elkins. Tenney’s artwork was chosen to appear on the T-shirts for the annual Mountains Beckon Bicycle Parade & Rodeo, which is scheduled for May 19. Registration for the annual event is set for 9 a.m. in the City Hall parking lot. The bicycle parade will start at 10 a.m., with the rodeo following at Joey’s Bike Shop on Third Street. The first 30 registrants age 12 and under will receive a free T-shirt, compliments of Pioneer Insurance. Participants are invited to decorate their bicycles, and prizes will be awarded following the event. For additional information, call Elkins Main Street at 304-637-4803.

ELKINS — Local children are invited to take part in a traditional, small-town bicycle parade and bike safety rodeo May 19 in downtown Elkins.

The annual Mountains Beckon Bicycle Parade & Rodeo is presented by Elkins Main Street and sponsored by Joey’s Bike Shop and other downtown businesses.

Joey Riddle of Joey’s Bike Shop said the event helps introduce children to bicycling and the outdoors.

“Biking is a great way for kids to be active outdoors,” Riddle said. “The event makes kids aware that bikes are fun, and teaches them about bike safety, too.”

The parade on Davis Avenue will be followed by a bicycle rodeo on Third Street in front of Joey’s. Riddle said the rodeo will have an obstacle course designed to teach children how to properly control and maneuver their bicycles. They will also learn how to use hand signals and stop safely at a given point.

In addition to riding skills, equipment will also be checked for safety. Volunteers will help check helmet straps and tire inflation. Bikes will also be checked to see if there are any mechanical problems.

Riddle said children can learn to balance on a bicycle beginning as young as age 18 months.

“You are never too young and never too old to ride a bike,” he said.

Parade participants are invited to dress up and decorate their bikes to compete for prizes. Awards will be presented in six categories, including “Wild Camo,” “Color Crazy,” “Sparkle & Shine,” “Super Hero,” “Flower Power” and “Mayor’s Choice.”

Special prizes will also be awarded by Joey’s Bike Shop.

Registration for the parade will be held in the parking lot at Elkins City Hall beginning at 9 a.m. All parade participants must wear helmets and closed shoes. A parent or guardian must sign for all children under age 18, and small children must be accompanied by an adult on foot.

The first 30 registrants age 12 or younger will receive free event t-shirts, sponsored by Pioneer Insurance Agency. T-shirts will feature original artwork by first-grader, Maddie Tenney, of Third Ward Elementary School.

Other event sponsors include Beander’s, Byrd’s House of Donuts, Davis Medical Center, Mama Mia Pizzeria and Restaurant, Papa John’s Pizza, Studio MK, TD’s Classic Tees, and local radio stations WDNE and WELK.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and follow Davis Avenue from Fifth Street to Third Street. Third Street will be closed to traffic from Davis Avenue to the alley at Joey’s Bike Shop for the rodeo.

The Elkins Police Department will provide a cruiser to lead the way down Davis Avenue, and a fire engine, courtesy of the Elkins Fire Department, will follow the route to Third Street.

Mountains Beckon is one of many events Elkins Main Street presents in downtown Elkins. Main Street events are designed to increase downtown activity and provide quality recreation and entertainment for the community.

Held the first Friday of every month, First Fridays bring businesses and the community together for downtown neighborhood parties. The next First Friday, “Third Street Shindig,” will feature live bluegrass music and family-friendly activities 5 – 7 p.m. June 1. Third Street will be closed to traffic from Davis to Kerens Avenues for the event.

More than 25 businesses will offer free activities June 2 during “Discover Downtown.” Designed to introduce downtown businesses and buildings to the public, the event features demonstrations, mini-classes, make-and-take crafts, building tours, and food samplings. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local musicians will provide live entertainment throughout the day.

Other coming events include the July 6 First Friday, “Jammin’ in July,” featuring jam sessions throughout downtown Elkins; the Downtown Yard Sale on July 14; and the popular Elkins Jazz Walk, Aug. 3.

A full calendar of events is posted online at Rack cards listing all Main Street events are available at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center and many downtown businesses.

For more information on Main Street events and activities, or to participate in the program as a volunteer, visit the Main Street office at 204 Davis Ave. or call 304-637-4803.