POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant’s latest festival seems to be on a roll, literally.
Saturday’s inaugural Bikes and BBQ event saw 66 cyclists sign up for a variety of bike rides throughout Mason County, one over 40 miles long. There were also eight teams which participated in the BBQ cook off and the demand was so high, the food ran out in about an hour and a half, with an estimated 200 people not involved in the cycling portion of the day coming downtown to check out the activities on Fourth Street, which included Market Days organized by the downtown merchants.
In addition, just over $3,000 was netted from the event which will go towards the City of Point Pleasant’s parks and recreation activities, which includes the development of a splash pad at Krodel Park.
“We were ecstatic to see such a phenomenal turnout for the first year,” Gabe Roush, one of the organizers said. “Having 66 cyclists show up for a first time event is rare. We were more than thrilled to have eight total teams for the BBQ cook off. And we were greatly surprised by the public’s attendance. Though we consider the first Bikes and BBQ a success, we hope that everyone that attended truly enjoyed themselves. It was exciting to see so many people in downtown supporting both the new event and local merchants. We hope with providing things like this for the community, we can prove that Point Pleasant is a great town, and is a place to be proud of.”
Roush, who is also a council person in Point Pleasant and member of the Point Pleasant Bike Trail Committee, thanked many of those on council and city employees who volunteered their time to work the event, as well as countless other volunteers from PPBT and beyond.
Winners for the BBQ cook off event included: First place, “The Double B’s” which consisted of Josh Huffman, Zach Liston, Leann Huffman. Second place, “The Kaylors” which consisted of Ashley Kaylor, Natasha Rayburn, Kevin Rayburn, Adam Kaylor. Third place, “225 BBQ” which consisted of Gabe Edwards and Patrick Westmoreland. The People’s Choice Award went to The Coffee Grinder.
There are plans to host the event next year.
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