The 4-H Bicycle Rodeo took place in the old IGA parking lot on East Jackson Street Wednesday. The lot was set up to represent a city block and participants were challenged to ride through it as they would on real streets, obeying street signs and using hand signals. They were also required to wear helmets and follow safety rules. The bicyclists rode through obstacle courses, some of which were timed so that riders would have to go slow and maintain their balance.
The 4-H members were divided into two divisions. The Junior Division was for those in grades 3 through 7 and the Senior Division was for grades 8 and up. The nine boys and one girl also had to complete a written test and a bicycle parts test. Chris Robinson, of the Clay County Sheriff's Department served as judge for the event.
The grand champion of the Bicycle Rodeo was Evan Steiner, age 12. He was also the Junior Division champion. Logan Maybaugh, 13, was reserve grand champion and Junior Division reserve champion. Senior Division champion was Thomas Orman, 16, and Senior Division reserve champion was Aaron Sebastian, 14. All winners will go to the State Fair to compete.
Others who took part in the contest were Nathan Buell, 8; Tyler Burns, 12; Michelle Burris, 11; Wesley Powell, 12, and Ben Powell, 13, in the Junior Division and Sam Branneman, 16, in the Senior Division.