MILLEDGEVILLE — An assortment of activities will energize Central State Hospital this weekend, kicking off with the annual April Fools Ride and continuing throughout the day on Saturday.
The eighth annual ride kicks off 9 a.m.
The Milledgeville Bicycling Club holds the annual ride every year in April. This is the only major fundraiser the club holds each year but the proceeds are far-reaching into local endeavors. This year’s event, coupled with the first-ever Arts at the Grove Festival, aim to bring weekend life and activity to the Central State Hospital campus, generate foot traffic and promote community spirit on the southside of the county.
The ride was organized eight years ago as a means of raising funds for the bicycle club’s awareness efforts. Educational projects concerning bicycling safety are one of the club’s main purposes, according to organizers. Funds from this year’s ride will also be used for continued improvements at the Selma Erwin Nature Preserve.
The April Fools Ride has kicked off from other locations during its life but bringing it to CSH is a great way to have visitors tour the area and remind residents that there is still life and activity around the campus.
Participation in the annual ride reaches beyond Baldwin County, presenting an opportunity to bring visitors out to Central State as well.
With 10-, 29-, 50- and 73-mile ride options, the bicycling routes also frequently incorporate highlights of local scenery for participants to enjoy as they ride. Along the way, participants will pass through some of the area’s most scenic routes.
The addition of the educational component, the essay contest for area schools, is yet another outreach effort that carries potentially lasting benefits for the long-run, promoting health and wellness among area young people. The winners will be invited to read their essays on Saturday and have them published on the Bicycling Club of Milledgeville’s website.