5th Annual Family Bike Ride was a great success

Our 5th Annual Bicycle Event was held on Saturday, September 17th, which turned out to be a mostly nice day despite the rain showers forecast. Another successful year, 71 Adults and Kids turned out to ride the Rails to Trails along the Redbank from Brookville to Summerville.

Adult riders drew a poker card at 5 stations to win “best hand” and also “worst hand.” Best hand went to Patty Butcher of Buff’s Ice Cream who had a Full House of Aces & Queens.  Patty won $150 cash plus a $50 gift card. Melinda Sherry had the worst hand, but still wins a $50 Gift Card!

Kids play 5 different games along the trail Prizes are given for both highest points and lowest points and include gift card prizes from pizza to burgers to subs, and bicycle horns and bells for the youngest riders.

The Sherry Family really cleaned up on the prizes this year!  In the Teens Age Group, Jayden Sherry won with highest points and Kohen Bell (of the Sherry family) with lowest points. In the Middle School Age Group, the Ferraro brothers took home the swag, Lenny with highest points and Vincent with lowest points. Anna Lyn Sherry won with highest points and Cora Buzard with lowest points in the Elementary Age Group.  Jake Solada, age 4, won in the Tots Age Group once again!  Jake has come every year in his bike trailer, towed by his mom. In fact, the entire Solada family participates in this event !  Jake’s prize was a bright blue metallic bike horn and Pizza Hut and McDonald’s gift cards.

The stylin’ plum-colored Ebike, an Aventon Pace 350 Cruiser, was won by Karen Shriver, Brookville. She is a retired 3rd grade teacher. We obtained this cool Ebike from Clarion Bicycle & Outdoor.

We thank the following Prize Sponsors: Angelo’s Pizza, Burger King, Dan Smith’s, Fox Pizza, McDonald’s and Subway (All of Brookville); Buck’s Pizza and Fox Pizza of Dubois; Walmart in Clarion and DuBois; and Toby Hill Bar & Grille, Clarion who provided Frisbees and sunglasses for kids’ prizes.  JCHC also provided toy prizes and free memberships. 

Our Thanks to the Picnic Sponsors: Anna’s Place and Giant Eagle, Brookville, and Tom’s Riverside, New Bethlehem. Board members provided donated items for the menu and Dinger Dogs made the kids (both young and old) happy, too.

A big thanks to Sandy Mateer of the Redbank Valley Trails Association for use of the trail and for a spur-of-the-moment work crew to get the trail in shape after numerous rainstorms in August left fallen limbs and rocks on the trail and washed out some areas.

Thanks go to our Board members who volunteered for the event.  Thanks also to our volunteers, Gabby McLaughlin and Mom Jill (who just became our newest Board Member) who manned the Summerville pit stop and to Walt Skrzypek and Victor Stahlman who helped with registration and set-up and shuttle service back to Brookville. Vic is the also the last rider every year who makes sure no one is left stranded on the trail !

This event was paid for in part by a marketing grant from Jefferson County Hotel Tax Committee.