DL's 9th Annual Bicycle Rodeo set for April 27 at Freeman Arena

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Jeff Staley of Detroit Lakes (on knees) volunteered on the "pit crew" making sure bikes were in good condition during the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Jeff Staley of Detroit Lakes (on knees) volunteered on the "pit crew" making sure bikes were in good condition during the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Kids of all ages, riding bikes appropriate to their size, will take part in the 9th Annual Detroit Lakes Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, April 27 at Kent Freeman Arena. (Submitted photo)

Kids of all ages, riding bikes appropriate to their size, will take part in the 9th Annual Detroit Lakes Bicycle Rodeo on Saturday, April 27 at Kent Freeman Arena. (Submitted photo)

Timothy Singleton, 3, of Fargo, gets instructions for one of the toughest parts of the Bike Rodeo, pulling over for oncoming"cars" played by volunteers, during the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Timothy Singleton, 3, of Fargo, gets instructions for one of the toughest parts of the Bike Rodeo, pulling over for oncoming"cars" played by volunteers, during the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Mike Heikes of Fergus Falls adjusts the helmet on a youngster at the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. He provided 70 helmets that were given away at the event, and will also be on hand for this year's Bike Rodeo on April 27. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Mike Heikes of Fergus Falls adjusts the helmet on a youngster at the 2017 Bike Rodeo in Detroit Lakes. He provided 70 helmets that were given away at the event, and will also be on hand for this year's Bike Rodeo on April 27. (Nathan Bowe / Tribune)

Do your kids' or grandkids' bicycles need a spring tune-up? Then gather up those bikes and come down to Kent Freeman Arena this Saturday, April 27 for Detroit Lakes' 9th Annual Bike Rodeo.

"A bike rodeo is a bicycle safety education event for kids," says Patrick Hollister of PartnerSHIP 4 Health, which is one of the event sponsors. "The main purpose of the bike rodeo is to teach kids safe biking skills so that when they get on their bikes this spring and summer, they'll be safe on the road."

Though the bike rodeo is designed for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade, Hollister said that preschoolers and high school-age kids are also welcome.

"We do request that when a kid arrives they come with their bike, a bike helmet and a parent," he added. "That's our preference, but we do sometimes get kids showing up that don't have a helmet, so we will have some to give away.

"Sometimes we also have kids come without a parent, which is okay, but we prefer that they be accompanied by an adult."

After kids and parents arrive, the first step is to register the kid for the bike rodeo; if a kid does not have a bike helmet of their own, one will be provided for them free of charge, courtesy of Mike Heikas of Helmets for Kids in Fergus Falls (www.helmetsforkids.org). 

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