Fifty-two children turned out at Stotzky Park Saturday morning to test their cycling skills on seven different courses in the Riverhead PBA's Annual Bike Rodeo.
Contestants competed in three age categories for top prizes of brand new bicycles, donated by the PBA. Additional prizes awarded included $50 and $25 Toys R Us gift certificates, also donated by the PBA, and four tickets to the L.I. Aquarium, courtesy of the aquarium.
The event was coordinated by Lt. Rick Boden and Riverhead police officers were on hand to judge contestants on each course.
"We've been doing this a long time and it's a successful event every year," Boden said. "The kids love it. It's a lot of fun for them, a chance to win a bike, come out with their friends and have their parents here. It's good," Boden said.
The courses are designed to test the riders' safety and skill, he said. Each participant is scored for each of the courses on a scale of one to 10. Then the points are tallied up to determine the winners in each age division.
Prize winners in each category today were:
1st place, 16" Waikiki- Ava Zilnicki
1st place, 16" Striker Xbike- Owen Karlson
2nd place, $50 Toys R Us gift certificate - Peyton LaCombe
3rd place, $25 Toys R Us gift certificate - David Hertlung
4th place, $25 Toys R Us gift certificate - Sophia Carlucci
Safest rider, 4 tickets to L.I. Aquarium - Kevin Penna
Best effort, 16" Striker Xbike- Maeve Purcell
1st place, 20 " Sapphire- Alivia Wooten
1st place, 20" React, 20"- Dominick Gambino
2nd place- $50 Toys R Us gift certificate- Matthew Layer
3rd place- $25 Toys R Us gift certificate- Reilly Hubbard
4th place- $25 Toys R Us gift certificate- Joseph Bertyccio
Safest rider, 4 tickets to L.I. Aquarium - Maynor Milian
Best effort 20" Atra - Jennifer Anasky
1st place, 24" Incline- Jenna Smith
1st place, 24" Incline- Gregory Walter
2nd place- $50 Toys R Us gift certificate- Larissa Layer
3rd place- $25 Toys R Us gift certificate- Roman Smith
4th place- $25 Toys R Us gift certificate- Douglas Green
Safest rider, 4 tickets to L.I. Aquarium- Michael Cunningham
Best effort- 24" Incline- Thomas Penna
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl
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