BY RIC McGINNIS
Despite the absence this year of the Riverbank Farmers Market, there are a few Wednesday night events returning to Community Center Park. And the first starts next Wednesday evening July 11.
In the past, the Bicycle Rodeos and Safety Fair were held in conjunction with the annual Market, but this year, at least, it’s to go on its own, sponsored jointly by Riverbank Police Services and other public safety organizations, and partnered with Central Valley Community Resources.
All the regular events are scheduled, especially including the Bicycle Rodeo, where young bicyclists ride through a maze simulating incidents they might encounter in traffic. Officials for CVCR are expecting about 300 youths ages 5- to 12-years-old to take part in the rodeo.
And officers plan to continue the tradition of giving away several bikes to youngsters in attendance. The bicycles have been donated by a variety of sources in town.
The CVCR was reaching out to other community organizations to help provide fun activities such as bean bag and ring tosses. They were also accumulating raffle prizes, like gift cards, toys or other donations. Also expected to be on hand are food vendors, music and a water slide.
The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 11, at the intersection of Seventh and Santa Fe streets, under the shade trees, as usual.
Other Family Fun Nights are scheduled to follow, on July 18 and 25, also at Community Center Park.