Tour de Donut coming to Arcanum Sept. 6

By Vickie Rhodehamel

August 11, 2014

The Tour de Donut, a unique bicycle event, is coming to Arcanum on Sept. 6, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle. The event is a timed bicycle “race” where riders visit “donut stops” during the course and eat donuts.

For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down), they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. The Inaugural Double D challenge will take place this year for experienced cyclist featuring 64 miles of cycling and four donut stops. Free kids events will take place on Saturday morning for ages 12 and under and will be sponsored by Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio kids with a race on George Street prior to the ride start. All kids will receive a free donut t-shirt, finishers medal and all the donuts and milk they wish.

The full donut features a 30-mile course with two donut stops and is highlighted by a stop at Bears Mill. The Donut mini will return with one donut stop on a 15-mile course. The mini will offer its own awards just like the longer distance while offering an alternative to those who are concerned about the full route allowing younger riders and families to take part in the fun.

Prizes are awarded in age group classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belts for the best adjusted “donut time” in addition to most donuts eaten and fastest bike only time. You do not have to be an experienced cyclist to take part in this event. While the event is technically a “race” very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! Anyone on a bicycle is welcome.

Expanding for 2014 will be Friday evening dinner rides and entertainment including a Strider bike series race for kids 6 and under, free camping and sleeping bag space, a downtown finish line festival area with live music, food and outdoor sports vendors. This event operates with zero sponsorship and pays for everything utilized including the 750 dozen donuts at the 2014 event. Growing 300 participants in 2013, over 1650 participants from 20 states and five countries came to Darke County to “compete.” Online and mail-in registration opened Jan. 1 and will remain open until the 2,000 rider limit is reached or until the Sept.1 deadline. There is no day of registration. For more information check out: www.thetourdedonut.com

Happy 65th wedding anniversary to Dale and Jean Hawkey! Dale and Jean are the parents of Jill (Dr. Wayne) Fisher and Jerry (JoAnn) Hawkey. They have five grandchildren, Isaac Fisher, Levi Fisher, Ivy (Nate) Cheeseman, Mike (Asazalia) Hawkey and Adrienne (Dusty) Sharp; and seven great-grandchildren. They celebrated their special day with family.

Its 70 years of wedded bliss for these two 1942 Arcanum graduates! Kenneth and Anna Lee (Myers) Stryker, now of Greenville, will celebrate with an open house hosted by their children from 1 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 16 at the Brethren Retirement Community. They are the parents of Kent (Cally) Stryker, Alan Stryker and Lynn (Libby) Stryker; and have five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Arcanum football is almost here! Ticket prices this fall are $6 for varsity and $4 for non-varsity. Season passes are available at the school; seniors aged 65 and over receive free admission to all sporting events. The first home varsity football game will be on Aug. 29 at 7:30 versus Northridge Johnson. A complete schedule is available on their website and also printed fall schedules are available at local businesses in town. The athletic department announces 2014-15 passes will be on sale at the football stadium on the following dates: Aug. 12, 5 to 7 p.m.; Aug. 22, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Aug. 29 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Arcanum A# Music Boosters invite you to come visit them at the fair. The A# Music Boosters and their food concession have been a fixture at the Darke County Fair for a little over 40 years. They are still in the same location next to the miniature golf course, and there is still seating available under the tent. As always they will serve their wonderful sandwiches, french fries, kid’s meals and Mehaffie’s pies. See you at the A# Tent!

On July 30 the Arcanum High School cheerleaders visited the Children’s Hospital in Dayton. They spent the days leading up to their visit making blankets for the children. They had a chance to deliver the blankets and spend some time with the children. Thank you Coach Goubeaux and the cheerleaders for your time and effort spent helping others.

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at krhodehamel@woh.rr.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.