Cycle Oregon came to Rainbow, Oregon in our beautiful McKenzie River Valley, September 9, 2019. A big THANK YOU to all of our McKenzie River Community volunteers and the South Eugene’s girls basketball team who made Cycle Oregon a successful and fun filled event. I believe we had over one hundred volunteers at different sites during the two day event. 2000 cyclists gathered to be served a hot dinner on Sunday night at Tokatee golf course. The cyclists smiled and seemed very grateful, despite the torrential rain storms. I think the servers were the only dry people at the compound and a handful of folks that could fit under the Beer Garden tent.
Live music brought out a few dancers, I guess that was called “Dancing in the Rain.” Over 1,000 tents were set up for camping. Large tents were erected for seating for meals. Tables were decorated with wood sculptures, that were later sold. Many food trucks provided beverages and the meals. The McKenzie Chamber of Commerce had an informational booth, under a tent luckily. A few other venues participated.
Sean Davis of T-Laue Consulting greeted the cyclists and thanked them for coming to our valley and for contributing $20,000 in exchange for volunteers that were needed for many different stations in order to make this event successful. The money will be distributed to the different organizations that volunteered by Marilyn Cross of the McKenzie Community Development Committee.
Nadine Scott welcomed the cyclists and told them about the many recreational activities our valley has to offer and invited them to come back with their friends and families to explore our area and consider the possibilities of making this area their home.