By Bonnie Seymour
News Star Reporter
Bikes have come a long way and have served many purposes in our lives, from simply getting us from point A to point B to helping us fly through the sky on ramps, testing our daredevil capabilities, and an event Saturday, November 4th aims to celebrate that history.
Vintage in the Valley, to be held in Wacker Park from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., won’t just be for the seasoned collector, it is also geared towards the leisurely rider as well.
“We are trying to bring together enthusiasts because I know there are many, many other people who enjoy bikes, but we are also trying to bring to light the phenomenon to other people,” said Shane Patton, one of the organizers of the event.
The idea for the swap and show came from Patton’s desire to create a unique event for Pauls Valley and a love he has had for bikes since he was a child.
“When I was a kid we grew up riding BMX bikes. We spent all our money on them and rode them all over town, like we ran the town,” shared the Pauls Valley native.
Eventually Patton started mountain biking and through that saw that other cities had success with events like this.
Unlike the other events he has seen though, Patton believes there are a couple things that will set Vintage apart and get the crowd involved.
“We are having a bicycle cruise at 9:30 a.m.; people from out of town will get to see a little of Pauls Valley; there will be a drag race that will be 77 feet long, named after Highway 77; and we will be having a bunny hop competition,” said Patton.
Patton hopes this will encourage people to get active and help make exercise fun.
“That’s an awesome thing in my book,” he shared.
One of the highlights of the day will take place at noon on the band shell and will be the Flatland freestyle performance by BMX professional Rich Wieber.
“We are really excited to have him,” said Patton.
For the bike show, trophies will be given in seven categories such as original custom bike, rare bike, wackiest bike, etc. and the trophies are said to be a real treat as Patton is custom making them out of bicycle parts.
For more on the event, contact the Rec Center at 405-238-1307. Vendor set up will be 8:00 a.m.