BLYTH – Downtown Blyth was filled with colourful bicycles and laughter as the town’s children participated in the first annual bike parade, showing off their decorating and safety skills.
The Blyth Bike Shop, an affiliate of the Goderich Bike Shop, held the event, creating an invitation on social media that said, “Kids decorate your bike, put on your helmet and make your way down to the Blyth Bike Shop Stand at the Blyth Market for a bike decorating and safety competition.”
Paula Feagan, self-described as “mom of the company,” told the Wingham Advance Times the only stipulation for the participants was to make sure that they wore their helmets, which each child that entered wore. One young lady adding a unicorn horn on hers for decoration.
Ribbons, balloons, and fun squeaker toys, along with the smiles on their faces to have this opportunity, created an atmosphere not seen for a while, the pandemic not allowing for opportunities like this for almost a year and a half.
All of the kids were given a special treat from a local chocolatier, Sweet’s and Treats. The winner received a backpack filled with various items, a water bottle, a mask, a t-shirt from the Bike Shop, and more.
Feagan hopes to make this an annual event.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times