TROY — The annual Tour de Donut Bicycle Challenge — now a Troy event— is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16 and will start and end around the square of historic downtown Troy.
The expected 3,000 riders will come from 30 different states for the event.
Recognizing the need for coordinated hospitality, Troy Main Street staff and volunteers designed a headline signature event titled “Rock the Bike Music Festival.” This new experience will entertain and unite residents and visitors alike and feature favorite local, area, and regional acts beginning on Friday evening and continuing until 10 p.m. Saturday.
Friday, Sept. 15 will begin packet pickup from 5-8 p.m. The organizers are encouraging participants to visit downtown Troy on Friday to dine, view a special free showing of “Breaking Away” at 5:30 p.m. at the Mayflower Arts Theatre, and enjoy music. Taking the stage Friday at 5:45 p.m. will be Cory Breth, who performed at the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour in August 2013.. Blending sounds from folk, alternative, pop and soul, Breth crafts a style and sound that truly transcends the traditional castes of genre.
He has since moved up in the music world, opening for acts such as Edward Sharpe, Kris Allen, Old Crow Medicine Show and Twenty One Pilots.
Returning by popular demand will be The Floorwalkers who will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Growing up together in the same Cleveland suburb, while working on their first full length album they managed to garner a strong Midwest following due in part to weekly performances — 129 Wednesdays — at Ruby’s on the campus of the The Ohio State University. In 2010, the Floorwalkers released their first LP – “The Natural Road”, touring nationally to critical acclaim. They have visited Troy many times, including the Mumford and Sons tour.
Saturday’s lineup will begin early with the start of the 11th annual Tour de Donut, which will depart from the square at 8:30 a.m. Downtown activities begin with 9 a.m. sidewalk sales and Troy Farmer’s Market. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., two shuttles will be available in front of the Miami County Courthouse to transport visitors to and from the WACO Fly-In and to Indian Creek Distillery. A few bike racks are on the front of the shuttles. Residents and visitors are all invited to use this shuttle service at no charge; simply look for the Home Grown Great logo on the buses.
Stage entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. and will run throughout the day until 10 p.m. Beer and wine sales will be available starting at noon and may be enjoyed while sampling from area food trucks and local restaurants.
This family-friendly event also offers events for children beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Columbus Zoo. Zoo keepers/handlers will introduce six to eight animals and will speak about their individual habitats, status in the wild and conservation issues.
Beginning around 9 a.m., and located south of the square on Market Street, will be learning exhibits from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. From 1-4 p.m., Maddie, a face painter and Howie, a balloon artist will keep children smiling.
Music begins on the main stage at 12:15 p.m. Saturday with the Ashley Martin Band, a singer-songwriter from Dayton. Martin now tours the country with her four-piece band. She has created a unique style all her own — a mix of country, rock and pop.
Appearing at 3 p.m. will be Seventh Street. Formed in May 2012, Seventh Street draws from a variety of styles and features several former and current area band members. They play a seasoned gumbo of blues, rock, country, funk and reggae, sprinkled with a dose of jam and served up with engaging vocal harmonies.
Appearing at 5 p.m. will be another Troy favorite, The Fries Band. The band has become known as the premier vocal band in the Dayton area. They blend their complex vocal harmonies driven by acoustic guitars with keyboards, bass, and drums to re-create very distinctive musical arrangements of bands like Crosby Stills Nash & Young, America, The Beatles, Eagles and Jimmy Buffett, etc.
Lastly, the Eric Jerardi, a blues rocker and Rock the Bike’s event headliner, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. w
Jerardi has released 6 CD’s since 1997 and has worked with some of the industry’s best.
Wrapping up the weekend, Adventures on the Great Miami will be available at Treasure Island for canoe and kayak rentals. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at a cost of $10 per hour, per person. If you are more adventurous, they will take you up river approximately 3 miles and return to Treasure Island for $25 per person.
Registration remains open until the rider limit is reached or until the Sept. 1 deadline. Registration will not be available the day of the event. For more information visit www.thetourdedonut.com.
Volunteers also are being sought to help with beer and wine sales along with ID checkers. If you are interested in volunteering, contact www.troymainstreet.org/rockthebike .