Church of Piemonte organizes first-ever cycling event for children and families

PIEDMONT, SD — It was nothing but friendly competition and fun on wheels in Piedmont Sunday afternoon as kids sauntered through the church’s parking lot on two wheels. The Grace United Methodist Church held its first-ever bicycle rodeo for children and families in the community.

Bike rodeos are fun clinics where kids can learn proper riding instructions and skills to stay safe while riding alone or with friends.

After lunch for all in attendance, the kids got on their bikes and enjoyed a variety of activities, including an off-road obstacle course.

“We did some research and found some different games and skill events that we thought we could host here at the church,” said Pastor John Britt of Grace United Methodist Church. “And found some volunteers to help with the various events. I just put it together, did some settings yesterday and early this morning. And here we are with a very large audience and many children and families here.”

This event proved to be both fun and educational for children and their families who attended. When the activities were completed, everyone was treated to a performance by the Black Hills Unicycle Club. To the delight of the audience, wheelies, hops and other tricks were demonstrated.

After the promising turnout that showed up on Sunday, Pastor John hopes to host another event next year and is looking for more sponsors to help.

According to Pastor John, the event was chosen based on the season and timing. Now that school has started again and the weather is getting colder, the window for children to enjoy cycling in pleasant weather is shrinking.

Sunday’s warm weather only added to the fun everyone had.

“It was an event that ties into the beginning of the school,” said Rev. John. “Kids cycle to school and fall is the end of that time of year for those kinds of activities. So it seemed to fit.”

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