By CALVIN PYNN
The Draper Bike Fair will take place this Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to John Hawley, Pulaski’s former town manager and the event’s organizer, the bike fair will be free to public and open to all ages. It will start at Draper United Methodist Church, located at 3080 Greenbriar Road.
“We saw this as a good opportunity to make an event and try to get everyone in the community out,” said Hawley. “We’re hoping to have a fun day in Draper.”
The fair will include guided bike rides on the New River Trail, as well as a bike rodeo for kids. Attendees are asked to bring their helmets, and safety checks of bikes and helmets will also be included during the day.
Local cyclist Thomas Hash will lead the 12:30 p.m. bike ride on the New River Trail, which will be an 8-mile round trip ride to the Hiwassee trestle and back.
The New River Valley Bicycle Association will also be there to accept donations of old bikes for their bike repair program for needy kids.
County administrator Pete Huber, who is a cyclist himself, is one of many supporting the event.
“It would be great to see a good crowd for the event in support of community groups getting involved in promoting cycling,” Huber said.
Draper United Methodist Church, as well as the New River Valley Bicycle Association, Draper Mercantile, the New River Trail State Park, Pulaski Bikes, and Byron’s General Store will sponsor the Draper Bike Fair. For more information, call Hawley at 540-257-4960.