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Trail dedication Saturday

PULASKI — Pulaski’s new trolley will be offering free rides this weekend to help citizens attend the New River Trail Extension dedication ceremony on Saturday.
The trolley will run from East Main Street, to the Train Station and to Heritage Park, where the dedication ceremony will be held.
Although a lot of activities are planned for this weekend, event coordinator Barbara Tate said the dedication was set for this weekend in recognition of National Trails Day.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher is slated to speak.
National Trails Day is the American Hiking Society’s trail awareness program designed to inspire the nation’s citizens and trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate their favorite trails. It also gives the public an opportunity to show their appreciation to those who develop and maintain the trails.
In addition to various activities, one highlight of the day will be a bicyclist from Galax arriving at the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony with a proclamation from the City of Galax. Several riders from Pulaski are to ride out to meet the Galax biker and accompany him to the ceremony.
“I think it’s going to be a good weekend to take advantage of all the activities in the area, but we hope people will also attend our dedication,” Tate said.
The event kicks off at 7 a. m. with a fishing tournament at Gatewood Park.
A bicycle ride to Gatewood Park from Maple Shade Shopping Center will get underway at 8 a.m. The ride will cover 10 miles each way, but the group will return in time to see the bikes set out on their journey.
Other activities slated for the day include a Fun Walk/Run that will start at the train station and traverse a mile of the trail. All proceeds will go to the Pulaski County Track Team.
For those who like to look at the scaled-down versions of trains, Evan Collins will be running the display inside the train station from 9 a.m. to noon.
Town of Pulaski police will be conducting a bike rodeo in the Cool Springs parking lot between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
A 5K run will be held at 9:30 a.m., and minor bike repairs will be demonstrated at Cool Springs by Richard Mullins of Adventure Bikes in Wytheville and Bluefield. Mullins also will have bikes available for test rides at Cool Springs.

Following the official dedication at 1l a.m., a free hot dog luncheon will be held for the public.
In addition to Boucher, about 30 other dignitaries from throughout the surrounding areas will be in attendance for the day’s events, including some from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
At the end of the day, citizens are asked to join in a short bike ride along the trail. The ride is sponsored by local bike and cycling clubs.
“It should be a fun, family day,” Tate said.

Trail dedication Saturday

PULASKI — Pulaski’s new trolley will be offering free rides this weekend to help citizens attend the New River Trail Extension dedication ceremony on Saturday.
The trolley will run from East Main Street, to the Train Station and to Heritage Park, where the dedication ceremony will be held.
Although a lot of activities are planned for this weekend, event coordinator Barbara Tate said the dedication was set for this weekend in recognition of National Trails Day.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher is slated to speak.
National Trails Day is the American Hiking Society’s trail awareness program designed to inspire the nation’s citizens and trail enthusiasts to learn about and celebrate their favorite trails. It also gives the public an opportunity to show their appreciation to those who develop and maintain the trails.
In addition to various activities, one highlight of the day will be a bicyclist from Galax arriving at the 11 a.m. dedication ceremony with a proclamation from the City of Galax. Several riders from Pulaski are to ride out to meet the Galax biker and accompany him to the ceremony.
“I think it’s going to be a good weekend to take advantage of all the activities in the area, but we hope people will also attend our dedication,” Tate said.
The event kicks off at 7 a. m. with a fishing tournament at Gatewood Park.
A bicycle ride to Gatewood Park from Maple Shade Shopping Center will get underway at 8 a.m. The ride will cover 10 miles each way, but the group will return in time to see the bikes set out on their journey.
Other activities slated for the day include a Fun Walk/Run that will start at the train station and traverse a mile of the trail. All proceeds will go to the Pulaski County Track Team.
For those who like to look at the scaled-down versions of trains, Evan Collins will be running the display inside the train station from 9 a.m. to noon.
Town of Pulaski police will be conducting a bike rodeo in the Cool Springs parking lot between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
A 5K run will be held at 9:30 a.m., and minor bike repairs will be demonstrated at Cool Springs by Richard Mullins of Adventure Bikes in Wytheville and Bluefield. Mullins also will have bikes available for test rides at Cool Springs.

Following the official dedication at 1l a.m., a free hot dog luncheon will be held for the public.
In addition to Boucher, about 30 other dignitaries from throughout the surrounding areas will be in attendance for the day’s events, including some from Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
At the end of the day, citizens are asked to join in a short bike ride along the trail. The ride is sponsored by local bike and cycling clubs.
“It should be a fun, family day,” Tate said.