McDade Park was recently  the host location for the first annual Dumas Community Safety Rodeo.

The event took place on May 18 at the park, and featured information, demonstrations and free bicycle helmets to help keep children safe.

There were a series of stations set up around the park for participants to visit, according to event organizers.

Lee Crosby with the Department of State Health Services hosted a station that provided free bicycle helmets to every child in attendance. This was made possible by funds from the Community Health Improvement Fund.

In addition to giving away helmets, Crosby also provided demonstrations to show everyone the proper way to wear the bicycle helmets, and information about why they are important for safety.

Dumas ISD and volunteers Dane and JoLee Babitzke played host to a station illustrating the importance of proper tire air pressure and properly fitting bikes to their riders. Seat heights and handlebar adjustments were made.

Additional stations were hosted by Moore County 4-H’s Carolyn Bennett, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Cindy Barkley and LaViza Matthews with the Texas Department of Transportation.

Bennett had information about safe places to ride and distributed maps while Barkley provided information and demonstrations for rules of the road. Matthews provided an obstacle course to illustrate how to “ride right”.

RICO flew a medical helicopter to the event, and there were several Dumas ISD student volunteers on hand.

Two bikes, donated by Brett Stegall - State Farm and Craig Riseling -  Allstate, were given away. The winners were Aidaly Villalba and Luis Carrera.

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