Caramel Apple Ride set for Saturday

The third annual “Harvest Time Caramel Apple Bike Ride” is set for Saturday, Sept. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Lake Wobegon Trails. The ride starts at the Sauk Centre Lake Wobegon Trailhead at Sinclair Lewis Park at 1000 Park Drive, Sauk Centre.

Two options are available for riders — east to Melrose and Freeport along with two additional off-trail rides. At Melrose, participants can take a ride south to Whispering Oaks Winery and at Freeport ride north to Hemker Park and Zoo.

This is a casual ride on the Lake Wobegon Trails. It’s an opportunity to tour a local winery and sample its wines and to visit a Central Minnesota zoo that has exotic animals. Every stop has apple treats to enjoy.

The Lake Wobegon Trails Association uses the funds raised to promote the Lake Wobegon Trails and the communities and businesses along the trail. It also funds projects to improve the trail such as planting trees and shrubs and helps maintain a web presence to inform people about the trail and activities on the trail.

The association also works to gain support from various organizations to support improvements to the trail such as the “Saintly Seven Project” to extend the trail seven miles from St. Joseph to Waite Park and on to downtown St. Cloud and the Mississippi River.

After the ride, the sixth annual Grillin’ and Chillin’ barbecue contest will take place at the Sinclair Lewis Park.

The contest provides visitors the opportunity to listen to music, find arts and crafts items created by local artisans, as well as the opportunity to enjoy barbecue.