MARIENVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – The Marienville Volunteer Fire Company’s semi annual ATV ride surpassed 1,000 riders this past weekend.
Brian Popoleo, who chairs the Tour de Forest and tallies the machines, said there were 1,107 registered ATVs.
On average, the event has 700-800 ATVs registered.
The Tour-de-Forest, which started in 1995, is an ATV ride through the Allegheny National Forest on specially designated roads and trails.
It is a family event where riders of all ages can enjoy a weekend of fun, stopping to enjoy the beauty of Forest County streams and mountain vistas to take a family photo or just take in the beauty.
Included in the weekend fun are a pancake breakfast, a spaghetti dinner, lunch on the trail, a photo contest, and a poker run.
The Marienville Volunteer Fire Company along with the Lions Club, Relay for Life teams, school classes, local churches, the Ham radio club, and Farmington Fire Company helped contribute to the long success of the Tour-de-Forest.
Each year the fire company picks a national organization and donates a portion of the registration fee to that cause. This year’s theme was “Tour for a Cure” for breast cancer research.
Marienville Volunteer Fire Company, which formed in 1892, is celebrating 125 years of serving the community this year.
“We would like to acknowledge the participants for the 20-plus years of success of the event,” Kevin Carter said.
“Thank you to those organizations that help provide a service and also those riders that come back year after year to support our event.”
The fall Tour-de-Forest is scheduled for September 30 and October 1.
For more information, go to marienville-fire.com.
The Tour de Forest is a great time to get together with family & friends and ride through the beautiful Allegheny National Forest. Thank you Marienville Volunteer Fire Company for sponsoring these semi-annual rides. I look forward to each Spring and Fall for the rides.
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This ride was Great!!!!!! We had a wonderful time, . Cant wait for the Fall ride, We had a Large group of Great People Fun and the ride was amazing, Thank You.
Marienville Volunteer Fire Company was host to 1990 Tour-de-Forest ATV euthenists this weekend, setting a new record for attendance and doubling the per capita of the community.
The TDF is a leisurely ride through the beautiful Allegheny National Forest passing streams and vistas not usually seen on an ATV. Riders young and old enjoy family event stopping to take in the sites along the trail or just a group photo Riders can also stop for breakfast or lunch at local businesses or along the trail provided by the Lions Club or the Farmington Fire Company.
For nearly 25 years the semi annual Tour-de-Forest has helped raise money for a variety of non-profit organizations, Lions Club International, Relay For Life Cancer research , Shriners Hospitals for children and locally the Marienville Vol Fire Company, Farmington Vol Fire Company , ChIpps Memorial Park (MACA) Youth groups, Ham Radio Club, Boy Scouts, the Forest Area Schools and also area businesses of Forest, Clarion, and Jefferson Counties
Chairman Brian Popoleo and the Marienville Volunteer Fire Company would like to thank the groups that help make the ride a success and also the community for their support.
Check the Marienville Volunteer Fire Company website for information on the fall ride