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Ready for a rodeo?

Are your children riding their bike safely?

Are their bikes, helmets and equipment in safe operating condition?

Do they know the basic rules of the road?

Find out the answers at the sixth annual Osakis Bike Rodeo and Safety Day this Sunday, May 27.

The event will take place in the south parking lot of Osakis Public Schools from 1 to 3 p.m.

Interest in the rodeo is on the rise. Osakis Police Officer Calvin Uhl noted that the first rodeo drew about 40 children while last year nearly 100 showed up.

"This year, we hope to surpass that number," he said.

The event will offer free bicycle helmets to every child who wants one.

There will also be drawings for two Trek bikes from Jake's Bikes, along with other prizes.

New obstacle courses will be set up this year and free bicycle maintenance will be available.

Rich Wieber's Bicycle Stunt Show will again entertain the crowd.

The Osakis Bike Rodeo and Safety Day is made possible by donations and support from local area businesses.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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