|23rd Annual Alleghany Highlands Bike Rodeo Set Sat., May 4, 2019|
Covington, VA (March 6, 2019) - The 23rd annual Alleghany Highlands Bike Rodeo will take place on Saturday, May 4th beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jackson River Sports Complex. The rodeo, which is organized by area law enforcement agencies, is held in conjunction with kids' day, which is sponsored by area parks and recreation departments from Alleghany County, Bath County, and the City of Covington.
The bike rodeo is designed to promote safety for area youth, and to continue to build positive relationships with area law enforcement and the children. â€śWe emphasize the importance of bicycle safety, and knowing your surroundings when the youth are out and about said Sgt. Chris Fisher of the Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office, who serves as the coordinator of the bike rodeo.
â€śThere are many businesses, civic groups, individuals and volunteers that step-up to the challenge to make this event happen,â€ť said Fisher â€śLast year, the bike rodeo was off the charts, as we had over 450 youths who participated and over 1000 people in attendance!â€ť
The bike rodeo is open for children ages 4-14 years old. â€śWe had a lot of 4-year-olds who rode in the rodeo and that was the first year we allowed that age group to participate.â€ť For the first time since moving the rodeo to the sports complex, we had all age groups riding at one time, and that was a blessing, said Fisher.
There will be other activities during the rodeo as well. There will be a petting zoo, jolly jumps, games and other activities and food for everyone to enjoy. The event is free of charge, and is made possible through donations. If anyone wishes to make a contribution to the bike rodeo, contact Fisher at 540-965-1770 ext.104 or 540-968-0651.
Pre-registration is available and is strongly encouraged. There will be postings on the Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office face book page of locations and times. Individuals wishing to pre-register may also contact the sheriffâ€™s office.
"Itâ€™s a lot of work to put it all together, but when the plan comes together, it is worth every ounce of energy to make a positive difference in a childâ€™s life and in this community," said Fisher.