Mother Nature made herself heard with the pounding of thunder and crackling of lightening but not before over 30 children from Pittsfield and surrounding towns made their way to Roger Clark Memorial Library to register for the Mighty Tweed Bike Rodeo.
Once registered, they headed out to get their bikes checked by our bike mechanic volunteers. Tires were filled with air, chains were greased, and seats were adjusted. Next, they stopped to get their helmets adjusted and fit properly by Kelly O. and Kelly Z. RCML was happy to give away over 15 Bell Tru-fit helmets to young bikers. With their bikes ready and their heads safe, they made their way to the Bike Skills Course. The more seasoned riders blew past the skills course and headed right to the Mountain Bike Skills course and the ever-popular pump track. Kids were encouraged to decorate their bikes for Pittsfield’s Memorial Day Parade!
Mother Nature may have cut the bike rodeo short but kids and parents filled the Library with lots of chatter. Kyle Rasmussen volunteered to read a book to the younger children. Everyone enjoyed snacks and ice cream while they waited for the torrential down pour to subside. We knew we could get people in the library one way or another!
The Mighty Tweed Bike Rodeo could not have happened if it were not for a great bunch of volunteers. It just goes to show when a group of community members get together and volunteer their time a fantastic event can happen for kids and families. These events give people a chance to chat with a neighbor, meet new people, and come up with more ideas for community events. A community-wide softball game was mentioned at this one.
Roger Clark Memorial Library would like to thank the O’brien family, the Ziegler family, Joe Grasso, Mary Sell, Sarah Rasmussen, Lauren Mayer, Taylor Tolar, Mimi Templeton, Dejah Lee, Amanda Mckeen and those behind the scene people who know who they are.
Keep this date open, as we may see a return of the Mighty Tweed Bike Rodeo for next year!
A big thank you to all that participated and helped to make it a fun event despite Mother Nature!
please enjoy photos below by Angelique Lee.