The Duncan Banner
For the first time since its inception in 1990, Duncan’s Dehydrator Ride & Race will shift gears in a major way when the annual event takes place Saturday.
Following a recent drop in participation, the 2013 Dehydrator will not feature a bicycle race, instead only hosting a ride, a first in its 23-year history.
Duncan band boosters chair and event coordinator Kent Collins said the declining numbers led to the Duncan bands fundraiser nearing the breakeven point between money raised and expenses for the event in recent years. After much discussion, it was agreed by members of the Band Boosters that removing the race was the only option.
“We talked about it for several months,” Collins said. “We just reached that point, and with the numbers we had coming in, the fundraiser was not going to bring in enough money.”
Collins said the Boosters have not ruled out the return of the race in the future.
“It’s always going to be on the table,” Collins said. “The hope is that we gain enough interest in the event that enough people will want to race for it to happen again.”
A reason for the decline in the race’s participation could be the time of year that the event happens, as not many races go on in the middle of the summer, Collins said.
The Dehydrator, held the last Saturday of July each year, will still serve as the main fundraiser for the Duncan High School and Middle Schools Band Boosters through the ride portion of the event.