The Ballinger Noon Lions Club will sponsor the 42nd annual Colorado River Bikefest during the 43rd Annual Texas State Festival of Ethnic Cultures and Arts and Crafts Saturday.

The Ballinger Noon Lions Club will sponsor the 42nd annual Colorado River Bikefest during the 43rd Annual Texas State Festival of Ethnic Cultures and Arts and Crafts Saturday.

Cyclists come from all over the state to ride in the Bikefest which includes 30K, 60K and 100K bicycle routes and a 5K run/walk/ride. The first 100 entrants will receive t-shirts.

Registration begins bright and early at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Plaza.

Proceeds raised benefit the Texas Lion Camp in Kerrville for diabetic and disabled children and eyeglass recycling.

“In 1983, the Ballinger Lions Club initiated a fundraising project called ‘Journey for Sight,’” said Ebb Grindstaff, Past International President of the Lions Club and of the Ballinger Noon Lions Club. “We wanted to raise money for issues such as combating blindness, diabetes and other related projects.”

All three routes go south from Ballinger on U.S. Highway 83. The 30K route goes west on FM 2133,north on FM 1768 and then back to town on U.S. Highway 67. Those riding the 60K route, go further south on U.S. 83 to FM 1929, then west to Lowake, north on FM 381 to Rowena and then in to Ballinger via U.S. 67. The 100K riders head out on a loop south of Ballinger that takes them down U.S. 83 past Paint Rock, west on FM 765 to Eola, north on FM 381 to Lowake and Rowena and back to the finish line in downtown Ballinger.

For more information or to see registration forms go to www.ballingernoonlions.org or contact Lanada Driskell (325-234-7842) from the Ballinger Noon Lions Club. Her email is lanada driskell@yahoo.com. Their website: www.ballingemoonlions.org.