Ride into Summer
Starts: Jun 1 2013 - 4:00pm
Ends: Jun 1 2013 - 9:00pm
RIDE INTO SUMMER 2013
POSTPONED TO Saturday, June 1, 4:00pm – Dusk
Expected Attendance – 3,000+
“Ride into Summer” is a wicked tasty way to kick-off the summer season in Maine. It includes a motorcycle and bicycle “open ride” and activities, peoples’ choice pizza contest of local traditional and non-traditional pizzas, live music, and a huge fireworks display.
This growing family friendly event features many fun ways to descend upon Gardiner’s Waterfront park and usher in the arrival of the long awaited summer season. New this year, there will be a mountain bike race wandering through woods and fields at Oaklands Farm, and ending at Waterfront Park. Gardiner’s annual bicycle rodeo skills and safety course is open to children. Racers and bike rodeo participants parade through Historic Downtown Gardiner, followed by a motorcycle parade from Mike’s Water Street Grill, around Gardiner, to Waterfront Park. Waterfront Park will be reserved for motorcycle and bicycle parking only.
Some of Downtown Gardiner’s great restaurants will again be vying for the coveted title of “Gardiner’s Best Pizza”. The format for this competition is a “walkabout”. Registrants will be able to purchase a ballot at a central location, and at participating merchants. The entry fee for the competition is $8. Merchants will punch the ballot once the participant receives a pizza sample. Ballots will include a map of Downtown Gardiner showing location of participating restaurants. Ballots will only be valid if all restaurants have been sampled. Ballots will be accepted at a table located in Waterfront Park.
Spaces in Waterfront Park will be licensed to other food and novelty vendors, and the National Guard will again participate with their inflatable obstacle course. There will be live music set up on the boardwalk to entertain all as they wander from various outdoor and community themed activities at waterfront park. The festivities will culminate in a grand fireworks display.
Schedule of Events:
3:00pm - Mountain Bike Race begins at Quimby Field, Lincoln Av. Gardiner, Ends at Waterfront Park
4:00pm – Gardiner Police Department’s annual “Bike Rodeo” – Public Safety Officer will be performing bicycle and helmet checks, along with safety training and a biking obstacle course. (Waterfront Parking Lot)
5:30pm - Bicycle group ride from Waterfront Park, Right onto Maine Av., Left through Arcade Parking Lot, Left onto Water Street, Left onto Maine Av and into Waterfront Park.
6:00pm – Motorcycle group ride from Mike’s Water Street Grill (469 Water Street), Left onto Water Street, Right onto Brunswick Ave (US 201), Right onto (I-295 exit 49), Right onto Lewiston Rd. (US 126 exit 51), through Historic Water Street, Left onto Maine Av, Right into Waterfront Park.
5:30pm – 7:30pm – 4th Annual “Gardiner’s Best Pizza” people’s choice competition. Participating restaurants in 2013 include Gerards Pizza, Dennis’ Pizza, Red’s Pizza, Water Street Café, and Mike’s Water Street Grill. Ballots can be purchased at participating restaurants and at two central locations (Waterfront Park and Johnson Park).
6:45pm – 8:45pm – Music on the Boardwalk. Gardiner’s Waterfront Park comes alive with free music on the river
9:00pm – Central Maine’s most impressive fireworks show.
Gardiner, ME 04345