LOGAN, W.Va. — The Kiwanis Club of Logan bicycle rodeo has been a staple occasion for the organization for many years; however, this year Kiwanis Club has changed one important part of the event.
June 11, 2016 has marked the first annual Jim Frye Memorial Bicycle Rodeo.
Frye, a Kiwanian and leader in both the business and civic worlds of Logan County recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The bicycle rodeo, however, is an event where the community-minded Frye would have been present as bicycles, safety gear and fun were made available to children at the event.
Each year, the Kiwanis Club donates bicycles and safety gear to area children and gives them a chance to put their new gear through its paces by cycling a preset course of twists and turns.
Logan Regional Medical Center donated dozens of helmets to be given away at the event. Kiwanian Diana Barnette commented the club was, “…very happy to have the support of the hospital.”
Once the children at the event finished cycling, the Main Island Creek Fire Department was on hand to provide home fire training.
The fire department employed a travel trailer which was specially prepared to expose household fire hazards.
Children who participated in the training were taught to spot fire hazards throughout a house, and they were presented with a “smoke” filled room and taught proper exit strategies.
Parents at the event also had a chance to record their child’s fingerprints for safety.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]