BMX race in Farmer City this weekend
FARMER CITY — About 200 BMXers are set to descend upon Farmer City this weekend for a Gold Cup qualifying race.
Beginning today, bike riders from across the Midwest will compete in various categories to earn a shot at one of the country's largest BMX races. Farmer City is home to one of only nine BMX tracks in the state.
The race will be for USA BMX racers only, but the public is welcome to attend. There will be a designated campground for out-of-town visitors.
Farmer City BMX board member Rene Dunnam said she expects more than the 133 participants the track drew last year for a state-qualifying event, and a good-sized crowd.
"It isn't about making money," Dunnam said of the non-profit track.
Today's races are scheduled to begin at about 7 p.m. The main event will take place Saturday, with the Gold Cup qualifier set for 11 a.m. and races scheduled to begin shortly after 1 p.m.
It will continue into Sunday, as a single-point race registration will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The final day will also have a "candy open," which will award a large supply of candy to the winner.