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What's with all the Bikes?

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ALEXANDRIA, LA.- You've probably seen them....they're everywhere! From street corners in downtown Alexandria to local businesses all the way down Jackson Street.

They're quirky, they're colorful, and even a little crazy looking and they're causing quite a stir.

What's the deal with all the bikes?

That's what the owner of Southern Chic Lizzette Smith wanted to know, so she and her business partner decided to find out.

"We approached them and they said they'd love to give her a sign, but they had these bikes that were donated to them. Local high school kids decorated them and would we want to put one in front of our shop. So we said absolutely; we love it!" says Smith.

The sign and the bike are meant to get the word out about a new fundraiser, called 'Le Tour de Bayou' which is meant to help support the Kent House Plantation.

"We have to come up with some revenue source and we felt like a bicycle ride, tour not a race, a tour would be a great way to do it," says event chairperson Bess Hensel.

On September 15 the Kent House will host a day filled with bicycle tours across CenLa that organizers say has something for everyone. There will also be continuous tours of the plantation throughout the day.

"So this was a way to allow people in the community who have never even stepped foot on the Kent House grounds a great opportunity to see what we have here and what a jewel it is for the community," adds Hensel.

And as for the bikes...volunteers have been hard at work creating these two-wheeled masterpieces to display around town to make sure everyone knows about the big day.

"We're doing everything in our power to get the word out and these crazy bicycles that everybody is seeing around town are just advertisements for our bike ride and what we're looking for is people to say what is that?" says Hensel.

If you're a business that wants to hop on board, they say, the more, the merrier.

"If someone would like a bicycle we will bring them to their place of business and all they have to do is call the Kent House," says Hensel.

It's an event for the community that organizers and supporters hope will ride on year after year.

"It's an art project. It's great. It shows civic pride and that we're all together in this, in our Central Louisiana home!" says Smith.

The Kent House encourages anyone interested in donating a bike to give them a call at 318-487-5998. Bikes in any condition are welcome.

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