Fair will offer kids a chance at bikes


By Jim Poole

Kids can win bikes at the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair this year.
"Bikes for Kids," a promotion spearheaded by Cobleskill resident Judy Warner and Fair board member Dale All, is seeking donations to buy bikes for the giveaway.
"We want to put bikes in the hands of families who otherwise couldn't afford them," Mr. All said.
The Delaware County Fair in Walton has had a bike giveaway for years, and Mr. All's been trying for three years to get one started here.
He, Ms. Warner and Donna Lavigne, who's also on the bike committee, finalized the plan this year, Mr. All said.
The giveaway will be Tuesday or Wednesday of Fair Week, Ms. Warner said. Parents must attend with their children 18 and under, who will each receive a ticket free of charge.
The tickets will be drawn, and the winners will receive bikes.
Bikes will be divided by style--for boys or girls--and by size, for age.
Winners will also receive water bottles and helmets.
But Bikes for Kids needs more bikes. So far, the drive has enough money for 35 bikes. The bike committee is seeking donations from businesses and individuals; $100 will buy one bike.
"The more we can get kids riding bikes, the better it will be for them," Ms. Warner said.
To donate, write a check to the Cobleskill Ag Society with a notation for the Bike Project. Mail it to the Cobleskill Ag Society, Bike Project, PO Box 249, Cobleskill.
"The theme of this year's Fair is American Heritage," Ms. Warner said. "When I was a kid, we were riding bikes all the time. We want to see that again."

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Stewart's Shops has donated funds for 10 bikes, Ms. Lavigne and Zion Lutheran Church have donated for three each, the Cobleskill Rotary Club, Cobleskill Police Benevolent Association, Doug Cater and Stoney Roberts Demo Derby have donated for two each.
Other donors are the Cobleskill Eagles, Evening Star Bookkeeping, Gaige's French Fries, Jack Miller Tractor, LaDolce Vita Salon, Michael Breen, Pauline's Concession, Race Printing, Smith Collision and Vinnie Massarotti.