The Downtown Enterprise Business Association (DEBA) and the Enterprise Lions Club have a fun-filled day planned for May 12th, for the annual Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast and Downtown Summer Fest. The Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast will start at 7:00 AM at St. Luke United Methodist Church, and the Summer Fest will occur from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Downtown Enterprise.
The annual one day event brings in thousands of people from throughout the Wiregrass to kick-off the summer season. The festival has slightly changed their location this year, and will be held on East College Street and South Edwards Street, from East Lee Street to Grubbs Street.
The Enterprise Lions Club Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast is looking forward to hosting a large group of wounded veterans who participate in the annual Boll Weevil 100. The veterans are part of Warrior Transition Units from 5 military installations throughout the southeast. The Ride to Recovery Steering Committee, a group of local individuals and organizations interested in assisting with the planning of the Ride to Recovery portion of the Boll Weevil 100, have partnered with the Best Western Circle Inn of Enterprise as the official hotel of the event, a partnership that will help the Committee assist even more wounded veterans this year.
"We were approached by Jim Bush, founder of Ride to Recovery Southeast last year, and learned that we would need more community assistance to make the event grow," says Conrad Stempel of the Enterprise Lions Club, "With the assistance of numerous groups in the community, including the partnership of our official hotel, the Best Western Circle Inn, we are able to provide assistance for over 40 participants this year, double the amount we welcomed last year."
Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the bicycle ride as they will have an opportunity to ride alongside some of our wounded heroes. If visitors would like to show support, but cannot ride, it is asked that they surround the Boll Weevil Monument on May 12th just before 7:00 AM for the annual ride around the monument portion of the Boll Weevil 100. The Woodmen of the World will have 400 flags to give away to supporters to wave as the participants of the Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast trail through Main Street, and around the Boll Weevil Monument.
The Downtown Summer Fest merchants will have special sidewalk sales and savings events throughout the day, as well as fun activities for the kids. Music will be provided throughout the day from local and nationally known music acts. A special presentation will be held at about 2:00 PM concerning bicycle donations to the Warrior Transition Units who will participate in this year's event, in which the media is invited. Make plans to be at the Enterprise Downtown Summer Fest and Boll Weevil 100/Ride to Recovery Southeast Bicycle Ride May 12th.