SUMMIT, NJ - Mother Nature may have put the kibosh on the fireworks show, but a steady stream of bikes -- decked out in American flags, balloons, and patriotic tinsel -- rolled into Memorial Field yesterday for Summit’s annual Decorated Bike Parade.
About 500 kids ranging from ages 3 to 10 showcased their bikes in hopes of impressing the judges, who included Mayor Nora Radest, Councilwoman Mary Ogden and Councilman David Naidu. The judges awarded a trophy and a Sweet Nothings gift basket to three winners in each of three age groups.
“All the bikes were great, so it was very difficult to choose. We were mostly looking for creativity. But the fun is really in participating,” said Naidu.
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One entrant who demonstrated her creativity was Kira Bhatia, who placed third in the 8-10 age group.
“I spent about two hours working on my bike. It has pictures of the American flag, the Liberty Bell, and the American Revolution. It even has a picture of the Constitution on it.” said Bhatia, who was joined onstage by her fellow winners Brooke Campbell and Henry Donck in the 8-10 group.
In the preschool division, winners Rebecca Carvajal and Kathryn and JD Todd were among the many who impressed Mayor Radest.
“It’s great that the kids are so enthusiastic about the bike parade. Watching them ride around was definitely one of my favorite parts of the day,” said Radest.
One of the more fiery participants was Gavin Colucci, who took first place in the 5-7 year old group after spending three long days perfecting his bike. When his name was announced, Colucci sprinted up to the stage and celebrated with a fist pump before collecting his prize alongside his fellow winners, Malia Fairnak and Skylar Milun.
Neither the City of Summit nor the Department of Community Programs has announced a make-up date for the fireworks show.