Bicycle ride through forest to raise money for park, wildlife fund

NEIGHBORS

April 26, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

Take a ride on the wild side and pedal with the pros.

Sunday, at Patapsco State Park's McKeldin area, everyone age 6 and older can ride mountain bikes through one of the area's great nature preserves -- and help raise money for two good causes.

You'll also get a "Ride for the Wild" T-shirt.

This event is part of the "Treasure the Chesapeake" Outdoor Adventure Expo, which will take place at sites across the state.

It is sponsored by the Evian Natural Spring Water company to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund. Patapsco State Park also will benefit.

The Evian Cycling Team will ride the trails, too, as part of its 11-city tour of the United States.

"We've elected to allow them to hold their event here because the theme fits with our park-wide Outdoor Adventure Expo, and the World Wildlife Fund is a good group," said Neil Herricks, a Patapsco ranger and naturalist who organized the exposition.

"We have planned different events at 10 sites around the state, and this area has great biking trails."

Don't forget your helmet. No one will be allowed to participate without one. But if you forget yours, or don't have one, the Bell helmet manufacturing company will lend you one for the ride.

If you don't ride, you can still enjoy the "The Animal Kingdom," food, music and the park's natural beauty.

You also can discuss mountain biking and equipment with representatives from Schwinn, Rock Shox, Bell and Shimano.

Registration for the adult and junior rides will be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sunday.

For adult riders, the cost is $19. For juniors 13 to 18 and college students with a valid identification, the cost is $13. Advanced riders will start at 10 a.m., intermediates at 10:30 a.m. and beginners at 11 a.m.

Starting times for youths are: 6 and under, 1 p.m.; 7 to 8, 1:15 p.m.; 9 to 10, 1:30 p.m.; and 11 to 12, 1:45 p.m.

The McKeldin area of Patapsco State Park is on Marriottsville Road about four miles south of Liberty Road.

Information: 461-5005.

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Where can you take the kids for rides and games before summer carnivals start?

How about the Freedom Family Fun Fest?

May 7, rain or shine, a continuous shuttle service will transport families from the parking lot at the Eldersburg Business Center at Bennett Road and Route 32 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year Freedom Elementary's Family Fun Fest will feature pony rides and a petting zoo.

The event will include raffles, cookie decorating, a cakewalk, mouse trap, button making, holiday wheel, ring toss, baseball wheel, goldfish pond, chicken in a pot and miniature golf.

Plants and baked goods will be for sale.

The fare will include hot dogs, pizza, nachos and popcorn.

"This is a fund-raiser for the school, but really we're more interested in offering a day of fun for the families in our community," said Lillian Smith, PTA president, "This has been a big hit for several years and this year it's bigger than ever."

Tickets are 25 cents, and can be purchased before the fair.

Information: 795-0848.

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