Anticipation, excitement, boisterousness, and eagerness are but a few adjectives that may be used to describe the 2-12 aged youngsters arriving for the Rotary-sponsored bike rodeo held annually during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival. The list is almost endless. It all starts with registration and getting bike raffle and hotdog lunch tickets. Make sure mom or dad holds tight to those. Then pick out that perfect new bike helmet and have a friendly Rotarian make sure the size/fit is just right. Officer Jim Cerrato provides important biking rules-of-the-road and safety tips, and then everyone gets to navigate the riding-safety training course. Next, a new bike is raffled off to a lucky rider in each of three age groupings, and then it’s the police-escorted ride down Main Street before enjoying that hotdog in a roll, French fries, and soda lunch. Wow, what a great couple of hours! Oh yes, for the children for sure but also for the Rotarian volunteers who experienced many of those same adjectives as the young people. Bike winners: Ages 2-5, Trey Zetterman; Ages 6-8, Madyson Doody; Ages 9-12, Cassidy Gorneault.

 

Registration and bike inspection

Officer Jim Cerreto gives biking rules-of-the-road...

...and safety tips.                                     Hotdog in a bun...

.....with French fries and a soda, enjoyed with family and friends.

Bike winner: Ages 2-5, Trey Zetterman

Bike winner: Ages 6-8, Madyson Doody

Bike winner: Ages 9-12, Cassidy Gorneault