Spokes and Folks: The Evolution of Bikes and Trails in Washington County exhibition opens June 1

Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes & Trails opens at Historic Courthouse June 1

The public is invited to the Washington County Parks grand opening of the exhibition Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes & Trails from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse.

This exhibition is curated by local Stillwater scholar Megan Arney Johnston. The courthouse is at the intersection of Pine and Third streets in Stillwater.

Celebrate the amazing history of bicycles and the vast network of trails in Washington County with family-friendly activities and fun, including a bike rodeo, electric bike rentals by Mike's Electric Bikes, vendors, and children’s crafts.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will host a Bike Rodeo from noon to 2 p.m. Bike rodeos are a way to get children active and provide an opportunity for them to practice and develop skills to become better bicyclists. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate. Bicycles will not be provided.

You could win a new children's bike! A special bike giveaway will take place during the event. Winners will be drawn at 3:00 p.m. The grand prize is a 24" Trek Bike & a helmet provided by Art Doyle's Spokes & Pedals and River Valley Trails (over $400 value!). The winner will be presented with a gift certificate to claim their prize at Art Doyle's and be fitted for their new bike and helmet. Additional bikes for the giveaway are provided by Walmart and Keller Williams. You must be present to win. The Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota will also be giving away 20 children's bike helmets.

Tour the new the exhibit to see a wide array of bicycles from the 1800s to today. Children may honk bike horns and ring bells to their heart’s content in the Horns, Bells & Bikes children’s section while learning how children’s bicycles have evolved over the years. Stop in the Wheels of Time section to learn what a “boneshaker” is and watch a video on how people got on/off and rode bikes taller than themselves. Stop by the arts and crafts area to create a watercolor bike painting to take home.

A Special Thanks

We would like to thank our contributors to the exhibit: Art Doyle's Spokes and Pedals, Cycling Museum of Minnesota, Rydjor Bike Shop, Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association, Gateway Cycle, Surly BikesChilkoot Velo, Washington County Historical Society, and more.


Contact Us

For more information, please call the Historic Courthouse at 651-275-7075 or e-mail historiccourthouse.co.washington.mn.us. 

Follow the activity at #SpokesNFolks #DiscoverStillwater.
Follow Washington County Parks on social media at @WashCountyParks.

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