The Lovell Police Department is holding its annual bike rodeo for local youth on Saturday in the parking lot of the Lovell High School gym. This is the fourth year the police department has sponsored the rodeo for local youth. School resource officer Kurt Dobbs organized this year’s rodeo.
The event has seen increased participation each year with 95 attending the first year, 145 the second and 175 last year. Officer Dobbs hopes to see that number increase again this year and is encouraging children from Lovell and adjacent communities to participate in the event, which is designed for children pre-school age through eighth grade.
The bike rodeo will teach children the rules of the road and bicycle safety. The children are put through their paces with a simple speed test and obstacle course. The obstacle course will allow children to practice steering, turning in sharp curves, braking and other skills.
The event will also include a bike safety inspection station and children will be instructed on proper use of helmets. Dobbs said that 220 helmets will be given away this year. Any child needing a helmet will receive one for free as long as the supply lasts.
Additionally, every child who registers will have his or her name placed in a free drawing. Fifteen new bicycles will be given away in the drawing. Students who already own helmets will be entered in an additional drawing for a new bicycle when they bring their helmets to the event. Children who already own bicycles should bring them, as well, to use while participating in the many activities that will be offered.
The event is free and funded entirely by grants. Many of the items given away at the drawing were purchased at a deep discount at Larson’s Bikes in Powell.
Registration will take place at 9 a.m. Children must register at 9 a.m. to be eligible to participate in the drawing for prizes. The event is expected to last until around 11 a.m.
By Patti Carpenter