BIKE FEST SOON – Shown here is the red Electra bike SAC is raffling off. With it are the event committee members Betty McGinnis (SAC President), Lance Ellenberg (SAC Board Member), Karen Kong and Emma Tompkins (SAC staff members). Not present was Rick Morris (House of Wheels) and Bob Flynn. (Courtesy Photo)
The Shiawassee Arts Center invites the public to a 2015 Owosso Bike Fest Sunday, Aug. 9, in memory of Alice Morris and in conjunction with the original, 11th annual Owosso Bike Fest at the House of Wheels.
Owosso Bike Fest features two recreational routes of 8 and 22 miles and includes a complimentary continental breakfast, “Owosso Bike Fest” water bottles and participatory medallions. The 8-mile route over both roads and trails starts at the Arts Center and winds along the Shiawassee River on the Miner Walkway to the Voight Loop Trail on to Corunna’s McCurdy Park and back to SAC again.
The 25-mile route on paved and limestone trails also starts at the Arts Center with a stop at the House of Wheels festivities, to the Smith Road CIS Trailhead and on the Fred Meijer CIinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail across Shiawassee County’s countryside to Ovid and then returning to the Arts Center. The longer route will also include a food stop and limited SAG safety vehicle. Helmets are required. Registration is 8 to 10 a.m. at the Arts Center.
Curwood Castle will be open to Bike Fest ticket holders at no charge 8 to 11 a.m. on the day of the event.
After the event, a red, 3-speed, Electra Indy classic-styling cruiser will be
raffled off, along with second and third prizes. Tickets are on sale for $5! Owosso Bike Fest T-shirts, compliments of Lance’s Bakery and designed by high school art contest design winner Delaney Asbridge, are also available for purchase. Sponsors of the event are Jim and Cindy Civille, Tom and Kathy Fitzgerald, Gilbert’s Hardware & Appliance and Clark Shanahan. Tickets, $20 for individuals, $35 for families, are available at the Shiawassee Arts Center, 206 Curwood Castle Drive and online at shiawasseearts.org. Persons may call (989) 723-8354 for more information. Proceeds from this event benefit SAC Art Education Programs.