One hundred and seventy bikers and over 100 others challenged the warmest day of the year to take part in the second edition of Tour ‘de Farm Safety Awareness Bike Ride held Saturday, June 29.
The Pines Ballroom was the site for the kick-off with WAXX farm broadcaster Bob Bosold giving the greetings to the riders and sending them on their way to challenge the 35 mile trek. The ride featured four area farms/businesses which were our hosts on the ride.
Woodmohr Jerseys was the first site and riders were treated to Jon and Wendy Schmidts’ beautiful farm and their award winning Jersey cattle. Guests were also treated to ice cream from the Chippewa County Dairy promoters, strawberries from Mac’s berries and all served by members of the Chippewa Falls FFA and Alumni.
The Schmidts expressed the importance of producing a product that is nutritious and safe.
Our second stop featured the CR Vineyards and Cathy and Randy Feuling, but this was not complete until the riders had to tackle bunker hill. Those who did make the hill were treated to a button with the words “I battled Bunker Hill.”
The Feulings showcased their 50 acre vineyard and guests were treated to subs provided by Subway of Bloomer.
Randy and Cathy talked about how they have to hand pick all the grapes and Jerry Clark and UW Extension talked about the importance of keeping your body in good shape to do the jobs required on a farm and worksite. Bloomer FFA served the subs and greeted the guests to the beautiful home of the Feulings.
After refueling on water and Powerade served by the Bloomer FFA Alumni, the bikers ventured on to the third stop featuring Klinger Farm Market and one of the largest farm markets and greenhouse operations in the State. Visitors enjoyed apple cider doughnuts and apple cider and were welcomed by the Stanley-Boyd FFA Chapter.
The safety message at Klingers dealt with safety around farm equipment, including ATV’s and tractors.
After leaving Klingers the riders worked their way through Eagleton, viewing the beautiful scenery of the Eagle Point Prairie and venturing to the Bloomer and Brush prairies. They also cruised past several gravel pits and the historic 12 mile house on Hwy 124.
The final stop featured the Mayerlane Holsteins. Don and Liz Mayer were the hosts and their entire family joined the exhausted group of riders. Riders and guests were also greeted by Abigail Martin the 72nd Alice In Dairyland and were treated to root beer floats served by the New Auburn FFA.
A special thank you to the Bloomer FFA Alumni, Steve and Kim Siverling and their family for having the water, powerade and bananas to each of the sites.
After leaving the Mayer farm the bikers finished the ride with a short trek to the Pines Ballroom and the celebration dinner. A great charcoaled chicken dinner was provided to all the participants and guests of the ride and following the dinner an auction was held to raise funds for the Ram and Jeremy Memorial Scholarship Fund. Our guest auctioneer featured Colten Seibel and the auction was a huge success.
The Tour ‘de Farm committee and the family of Ram and Jeremy Seibel would like to thank everyone who made this event such a huge success. To all of the riders who challenged the heat and the others who traveled along to see the sites we say thanks. And, to all of the sponsors, donors, medical support and a special thanks to the Bloomer Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriffs department and the EMS of Bloomer for guiding us and providing assistance during the route.
And finally to all the people who were with us on the ride or in spirit we say thanks.