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Spokes Inc. sponsoring Bike Writing Contest with four mountain bikes as prizes

T.M. Fasano
tfasano@mywindsornow.com

Dave Roberts, owner of Spokes Inc. in Windsor, shows off one of the mountain bikes that will be given out on Dec. 21.

Four lucky kids in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District will ride away with an early Christmas present courtesy of Windsor's only bicycle shop.

Spokes Inc. owner Dave Roberts is sponsoring an inaugural Bike Writing Contest for students in grades first through eighth in the Re-4 school district. There will be four winners and the rewards will be $350 entry level mountain bikes for one boy and one girl in grade school, and one boy and one girl in middle school.

The students must submit in writing why they like to ride a bike or why they want a new bike.

Roberts said there is no length requirement, but the students must be creative and can use poetry or technical writing. He said it should be written well enough to impress the judges.

Students must also add an art element by accompanying a drawing that is related to riding a bike and coincides with the written entry. Roberts said the drawing doesn't have to be a specific medium or size, but it should be drawn with enough heart to impress the judges.

"We just want them to have fun," Roberts said.

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Entries must be dropped of at Spokes Inc., 1530-C Main St., by Dec. 14.

Roberts said the writing and drawing must be done by the kids, but their parents are encouraged to work with them.

For more information, go to http://www.spokesinc.com or call (970) 686-9275.

Roberts, who has owned Spokes Inc. in Windsor for seven years, said he's always wanted to sponsor a contest like this.

"It's something I've wanted to do, and I had someone who stepped alongside and is helping out to make it happen," said Roberts, who added that the person who is helping out financially wishes to remain anonymous. "It's kind of fun forming it into a contest rather than just a free giveaway."

Roberts said the contest fits in with what his business tries to promote.

"We try to promote active lifestyle, and to go with active lifestyle is an active imagination," Roberts said. "They kind of go hand in hand. If kids have an opportunity to be imaginative and creative, we want to reward that."

Roberts, who said the bikes would be great for kids to ride around town, said the contest is one that he'd like to continue to sponsor.

"Hopefully, I won't always have to have help to do it, but at the same time it would be something I'd like to see continue at some scale," Roberts said. "We'll see what the reception is this time. We thought we'd hit it big."

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