By Cpl. Darin Underhill
On June 23, 2013 the Barriere RCMP, joined by the Barriere Ambulance and Fire Department volunteers, conducted the 2nd annual Bike Rodeo. The event was held at the Barriere Senior Centre and Fadear Park across from the Barriere Detachment.
It was another huge success this year with over 50 participants, almost double of last year. There were about 40 large prizes available from new toddler bikes, teenager mountain bikes, helmets, t-shirts and bike accessories.
It was a beautiful day with members of the local RCMP Detachment with Cpl Darin Underhill and Cst Cory McGregor, BC Ambulance and Barriere Volunteer Fire Department members volunteering their time.
This event was made possible by the donations from Yellowhead Community Services, Success by Six, Barriere Legion local #242 and The Bicycle Café.
The participants were put through a series of four stations and graded on their performance and biking knowledge.
The helpers were great, having a good time and making it a fun and educational experience for both the kids and some parents.
I wanted to have more for the kids to do this year so coordinated it with the Barriere Legion to have our Barriere RCMP Community BBQ and the Barriere Legion’s Community BBQ combined as part of their Legion Week Celebrations.
This also turned out to be a huge success with two large tents set up to serve up barbecued hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, drinks and a few other treats….all free of charge to the public.
The entire staff of the Barriere RCMP Detachment, public servant, regular members and a couple of spouses tended to the barbecue and served the community members their lunch.
The Legion also arranged for a country singing recording artist from the area, face painting and a bouncy castle for people of all ages to enjoy. It was such a great sight to see kids running around having a blast, parents and grandparents watching them play and all enjoying the amazing sunshine, food and entertainment.
After three hours of participating in the Bike Rodeo, eating and playing, the music was paused and the coordinators handed out prizes to every single participant. All participants received a new water bottle with most receiving one of our other larger prizes.
We are looking forward to another great event next year and will likely hold the event at the same location.
Cpl Darin Underhill -NCO i/c RCMP Barriere Detachment