The Mayors Trail Ride along the Rum River in the communities of Andover, Anoka, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis takes place tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 1).
Rider registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Anoka County Fairgrounds in Anoka. The cost to register the day of the event is $20. Kids under the age of 14 ride for free.
Proceeds benefit local organizations, such as Youth First Community of Promise, which provides after-school youth centers. Andover, Anoka and Ramsey will be donating to this organization.
The Lake George Conservation Club and St. Francis Ambassador Club are organizations that Oak Grove and St. Francis will be contributing to respectively. Nowthen will contribute to the Nowthen Lions Club scholarship program.
From the Anoka County Fairgrounds, the riders head north on the Rum River and can choose to go as far north as St. Francis, try one of the trails that go off the Rum River or stop at one of the local restaurants and spend the remainder of their day socializing.
The whole route along the Rum River from the fairgrounds to St. Francis is about 20 miles, according to Ramsey Police Chief Jim Way, who is the trail boss for this event.
A number of businesses will be offering specials and stamping cards for the riders, which makes them eligible for prizes that will be handed out at McDuff’s Eatery and Pub in Ramsey starting around 3 p.m.
Other businesses involved in the Mayors Trail Ride that will be stamping cards and offering discounts include Billy’s Bar and Grill, Casa Rio Tex Mex, River City Saloon and Serum’s Good Time Emporium in Anoka, Northwoods Bar & Grill in Nowthen, Bill Superette in Nowthen and Oak Grove, Mac & Chesters SRO in Oak Grove and Beef O’Brady’s and Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in St. Francis.
The Sno Ghosts of Anoka County bonfire will be set up at the Cedar Creek Conservation Area, which is a county park on the east side of the Rum River in Andover and Oak Grove.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]