Bike Parade and Rodeo slated Saturday
ELKINS — Area officials are “gearing up” for the annual Elkins Main Street Bike Parade and Rodeo, hoping to see local youth burn rubber down a main city street.
The annual Mountains Beckon Bicycle Parade & Rodeo is presented by Elkins Main Street and sponsored by Joey’s Bike Shop and other downtown businesses.
Madalyn Humphrey, Elkins Main Street executive director, said the event provides a fun family experience.
“This event brings businesses and volunteers together to create a free and fun experience for the community,” she said. “We welcome families to spend their morning downtown Saturday for the parade, rodeo, and fun activities planned in front of Joeys Bike Shop.”
The parade, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday on Davis Avenue, will be followed by a bicycle rodeo on Third Street in front of Joey’s Bike Shop. Joey Riddle, owner of the shop, 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.
This year’s event will also feature a sidewalk chalk contest, sponsored by West Virginia Math 4 Life – Randolph County.
Elkins Mayor Van Broughton, a yearly participant in the event, said it is an activity he looks forward to every spring.
“The bike parade and rodeo event is one of my favorites of the year. It gives me the chance to hop on my bicycle and take a ride through downtown Elkins,” Broughton said. “It is so cool to see all the youngsters dressed up as superheroes and princesses, and seeing all the colorful decorations on their bikes.”
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.”
“Although it’s a tough decision every year, I, once again, consider it an honor to be asked to select my favorite costume or decoration during the event,” Broughton added. “It’s a great event that showcases downtown Elkins and also promotes bicycle safety.”
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, Callie Casto, of Third Ward Elementary School.
Other event sponsors include Byrd’s House of Donuts, Davis Medical Center, Papa John’s Pizza, TD’s Classic Tees, and Davis & Elkins College.
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.
Many downtown businesses will offer free activities June 8 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 8 p.m. Local musicians will provide live entertainment throughout the day.
A full calendar of events is posted online at downtownelkins.com/events. 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.