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The Bike Rodeo is back! Popular event returns to celebrate boys, girls and bikes

Last year’s Bike Rodeo was a big hit with Perham area families. This year’s rodeo will be held next Wednesday after school. Fourteen new bikes will be given away to kids in grades kindergarten through eight, as well as some new bike helmets. File photo

Families are invited to attend a free Bike Rodeo on Wednesday, May 8 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Perham area Boys and Girls Club.

Children in grades kindergarten through eight and their parents will have fun learning bike safety skills at a variety of learning stations: The bike rodeo learning stations will consist of Safety Checklist, Driveway Rideout, Crazy Crossroads, Cones, Brake Dancing, Staying Between the Lines and Testing the Hand signals.

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

No pre-registration is required, but kids need to bring their 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 on 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, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, and Ottertail and Perham Lions Clubs.

The bike rodeo is a part of Bike or Walk to Work or School Week, which runs May 4-12.

During this week, residents are encouraged to incorporate more walking and biking into their daily routines. The week presents a great opportunity for people of all ages to develop some healthy living habits that may last a lifetime.

PartnerSHIP 4 Health, the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program of Becker, Clay, Otter Tail, and Wilkin Counties, seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.

For more information on the bike rodeo, contact Perham Police Chief Jason Hoaby at or 346-4452.