History & Tourism

Shelby Bicycle Days Rolling Through Saturday

13 Jul , 2018  

People-powered transportation with two wheels, and occasionally three wheels or even one wheel, are being celebrated this week as the annual Shelby Bicycle Days welcomes visitors to Black Fork Commons.

Each summer for over two decades, the streets of downtown Shelby have come alive with a celebration of local history, particular the city’s own Shelby Bicycle Company, which operated from 1921 through 1953. As noted on the festival’s website, in 1937 Ohio companies accounted for half of all American bicycle manufacturing, and Shelby produced one third of those.

Fast forward to 2018. The festival kicked off on Thursday with a kiddie king and queen contest and the opening of a three-day midway. Events on Friday and Saturday include the following:

Friday, July 13

  • Midway — Noon to 11:00 PM
  • Mechanics Bank Inflatable Zone —  5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Rotary Community Lunch — Noon
  • Spokes4Kids Community Challenge — 6:00 PM
  • Bike-in Movie Theatre — 9:00 PM

Saturday, July 14

  • Midway — Noon to 11:00 PM
  • Mechanics Bank Inflatable Zone — Noon to 11:00 PM
  • Lindy Flyer Community Bike Tour — 8:30 AM
  • Downtown Farmer’s Market — 9:00 AM
  • Seltzer Park Tennis Courts
  • Kids’ Bike Clinic – Tune Up, Helmets & Skills Course at Seltzer Park Tennis Courts — 11:00 AM to Noon
  • Bike Decorating Contest — Grand Boulevard — Noon
  • Shelby Bicycle Days’ Parade — 2:00 PM
  • Shelby Help-Line Ministries Pie Auction — Following Parade
  • Historical Shelby Cycle Display — Following Parade
  • Donley Ford Pre-Fireworks Show — 7:30 to 9:30 PM
  • Fireworks Display — 9:30 PM

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