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Bike rodeo to offer safety skills, prizes

Families are invited to attend a free bike rodeo outside the Perham Area Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, May 7, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Children in grades kindergarten through eight, along with their parents, will learn bike safety skills through a variety of engaging learning stations, such as “driveway ride-out,” crazy crossroads,” “cones,” “brake dancing” and more.

As participants complete the bike rodeo course, they will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a new bike. Ten new bikes have been provided by local sponsors, along with many new bike helmets.

No pre-registration is required, but participants need to bring their own bikes and helmets.

After participants have completed the rodeo, Lakes Area Bike Club volunteers will be available to take children and families on a bike outing along the Cal Miller Bike Route.

Co-sponsors of this event include KLN Enterprises, the Perham Police Department, Perham Health, ABC Realty of Detroit Lakes, Boys and Girls Club of the Perham Area, the University of Minnesota Extension 4-H Youth Development Program, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, and Ottertail and Perham Lions clubs.

The bike rodeo is a part of National Bike Month. During this month, residents are encouraged to incorporate more biking into their daily routines. Whether the goal is to stay physically active or save money due to the high cost of gas prices, this month presents a great opportunity for people of all ages to develop some healthy living habits that may last a lifetime.

For more information on the bike rodeo event, call Police Chief Jason Hoaby at 346-4452 or email