Rodeo Hosts: Brian Pearson Versailles Fire Department, Fire Chief
Bob Frey, Tom Magoto State
Farm Insurance, and Police Chief Mark
Humphreys along with State Farm Good Neighbear, the
Versailles Fire Dog
and McGruff the Crime Dog.
children take part in Versailles Bike Rodeo
Teaching Bicycle Safety in Verailles...
By Shila Magoto
Photo Credits: Above - Shila Magoto; Below - Bob Robinson
The 2012 Versailles Bike rodeo was held on a breezy Saturday morning
June 2 at the Versailles EMS building. The new accommodations
were a fantastic venue with plenty of room for a full bicycle safety
course and room inside for the other activities. The event was
hosted by Magoto State Farm Insurance, the Versailles Firefighters and
the Versailles Police Department.
The Safety course had different stations for working on various skills:
mounting and dismounting, circling and changing direction, straight
line control, weaving and maneuvering, stopping ability, short radius
turning, and slow speed control.
Free bicycle helmets and a raffle for new bikes were given with the
help of monies donated by Midmark Corporation, The William J
Robertson Memorial Fund, Darke County Prosecutor, Versailles Poultry
Days and Bruns Animal Clinic. This support is much
Thank you to others involved: The American Legion Ladies Aux of
Versailles who did “ident-a-kid” for over 100 children!
Benge’s Bike Shop inspected each of the bikes going through the
courses, members of the Versailles Emergency Medical Services fitted
the helmets and manned the raffle,
The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton donated 25 bike helmets, VPP
Industries provided flyers for the school children telling of the
event, McDonalds of Greenville donated orange drink and free
coupons, and Versailles Ace provided bags to hold the educational
materials supplied by Magoto Insurance, the Police and Fire
Departments. Also thank you to the Village of Versailles for the
use of barricades and cones and advertising as well as Langston
Graphics and CountyNewsOnline for advertising.
The Versailles Police Department registered over 80 bikes, so if a lost
or stolen bike is recovered the owner may be found.
Approximately 145 children participated in the rodeo.
There was also a special appearance of the State Farm Good Neighbear,
McGruff theCrime Dog, and the Versailles Fire Dog thanks to Justin,
Kayla and Tyler Bruns.
Lucky winners of bikes and a scooter were: Jeremiah Wagner, Avery
Simon, Chloe Vogel, Reed Grillot, Nick Gehret, Lexi Magoto, Adam
Gehret, Chad Shimp, Kayla Bruns and Jayla Pothast.
Additional photos may be viewed on Facebook at Tom Magoto Insurance.
A special thank you to Brian Pearson for initiating this year’s event
and to all the volunteers who made this year’s Rodeo a grand success!