Many locals this month might get taken for a ride to benefit the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.
First up is the ninth annual Best Dam Bicycle Ride on Sunday at Clarks Hill Dam. It’s followed by Rodeo Nights April 20-22 at the Columbia County Merchants Association Fairgrounds.
Both are fundraisers for the SFBF, which provides assistance to families of patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
The bicycle ride and rodeo area just two SFBF events set for this year.
The bicycle ride starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. To register, visit Chain Reaction Bicycles in Martinez, or go to www.active.com and search “9th Annual Best Dam Ride 2012.” On the day of the event, registration begins at 7:15 a.m.
The cost is $35 per rider. Children under 12 may ride free if accompanied by an adult.
The ride consists of 25-, 58-, 80- and 100-mile options. There also will be a 5-, 20-, 36- and 50-mile mountain bike courses on Bartram Trail.
“The Best Dam Ride is an annual ride that gives those interested in cycling an opportunity to test their skills and enjoy a beautiful day covering two states, three counties and 12 communities along the way,” said SFBF Development Director Bobbie Jo Gainey in a press release.
For the eighth year, SFBF is partnering with Cross Creek Rodeo Company for Rodeo Nights. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with rodeo action starting at 7:30 p.m. April 20-21. On April 22, the gates open at 12:30 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 2:30 p.m.
Advance tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 12; and free for kids under 5. Burn survivors are admitted free.
Tickets are available at BP locations in Augusta and Thomson, all Georgia Bank & Trust locations, Boots Bridles and Britches, Tractor Supply Co. in Thomson, SOHO Augusta in Surrey Center, and at www.crosscreekrodeo.com. Tickets purchased at the gate cost $14 for adults and $8 for children.
The children’s area will provide pony rides, inflatables, face painting, stick horse races, dunk-a-firefighter booth, and more. The Whippersnapper Stampede for Kids runs 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 21, and 12:30 p.m, to 2 p.m. April 22. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12.
“At the end of the day, everything we do is to help the families and patients in their time of need,” Gainey said. “The rodeo just gives us a chance to have some fun and gives them the opportunity to take a break from the challenges they may be facing.”
For more about the SFBF, visit www.burnshurtwehelp.org.