Friday, January 17, 2014

GOBA Rides Into Wilmington

     On Friday, June 22, 2012, Grow Food, Grow Hope participated in a fundraising event at the Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA) rally in downtown Wilmington.
     GOBA is an annual one-week bicycle loop tour held every June which features a different part of Ohio each year. Around 3,000 bicyclists from across the U.S. participate riding an average of 50 miles each day. This year’s GOBA tour began on June 16, 2012 in Hillsboro and included stops in Chillicothe, Ashville, Washington Court House, and Wilmington before ending in Hillsboro a week later.
     To feed the hungry cyclists, GFGH sold zucchini cake veggie burgers, along with homemade cookies and bottles of water. We had a prime location, in the middle of the action at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. We received many compliments on our veggie burgers and cookies, both of which were prepared by GFGH staff. We were able to inform cyclists not familiar to the area about our community gardening program and encouraged every-one to vote for Grow Food, Grow Hope for the DeLoach Vineyards grant. Cyclists also enjoyed having their picture taken with the Mobile Garden Unit, which was parked next to our booth.
     The evening was a successful fundraising event and a lot of fun for the GFGH staff that participated. The end of the day rally was well attended by cyclists and community members and the weather was great. The crowd was treated to tunes from Streetwise as well as from the Friday night song contest where cyclists performed songs they had written about their week-long experience. We hope the cyclists enjoyed downtown Wilmington as much as we enjoyed having them!

Katie Jameson, Summer Associate

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