Ancilla Alumni Association held its 24th Annual Blueberry Bicycle Cruise (BBC) this past Saturday, August 30th. This event takes place each year in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival.
The ride is a hit with participants every year. This year 229 riders from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan participated. There were four routes to choose from including 31, 41, and 62 mile routes and a more family friendly 16 mile route. Riders traveled through the surrounding countryside and were free to ride at their own pace enjoying the scenery along the way. Attractions along the routes included Lake Maxinkuckee, the Culver Academies, the town of Culver, the Chief Menominee Monument and for those choosing the 62 mile route, a stop at Ancilla College where fresh baked cookies were there to enjoy. There were over twenty volunteers on site to help in a variety of ways.
“Despite threatening weather all around us, we had a great day for the cruise. All of the riders had a great time and loved taking in the scenic sites of Marshall County. This is a huge fundraiser for the Ancilla Alumni Association. Funds raised from this event go to scholarships and the Ancilla College Annual Fund. I want to thank all of our volunteers who made this past weekend’s ride a success,” said Tom Sibal, Associate Director of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations at Ancilla College and chairperson of the BBC.
The BBC is part of the larger Blueberry Festival that takes place annually over the Labor Day weekend. Riders enjoyed the festival after their ride which attracts over 500 craft booths, 100 food booths, shows, and athletic events at Centennial Park.
Ancilla College (www.ancilla.edu) is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.