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Organizers gear up for big ride that attracts hundreds

Sunday, June 12, 2011

EAST PRAIRIE -- As Southeast Missouri's corn crop continues to grow, organizers are preparing for the 10th annual Tour de Corn charity bike ride, which begins in East Prairie.

"This is a fun ride, opposed to a race," said organizer Silvey Barker. "It's just a ride that you do at your own leisure in your own time."

This year's ride will begin at 7:30 a.m. June 25. Four routes -- approximately 15, 30, 60 and 100 miles -- will again be offered to the riders. Barker noted that organizers were afraid they may have to slightly alter some of the routes due to flooding, but the water levels are down so the routes will be the same as they have been in previous years.

The Tour de Corn is a big draw for East Prairie. Last year, more than 800 riders from 14 states were registered.

"We have people that come here and have no family ties to the area," said Barker "They've heard about it, read about it, or been here and decided to come back."

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