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The Kent House Bikes are Back!

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- You can't help but notice them. They're crazy and fun and guaranteed to catch your eye as you're driving through Central Louisiana.

The Kent House bikes are back, but they're not just for decoration. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton explains why these crazy creations have popped up again in Cenla.

The Kent House bikes are back, resting in front of businesses in Cenla, but working hard to promote this year's 'Le Tour de Bayou Race,' a fundraiser for the Kent House Plantation.

"Last year we had an incredibly successful event. We were hoping for about 200 people and we ended up with over 600," says organizer and Kent House board President Bess Hensel.

They come in all sizes, colors, and designs....and they each have a personality of their own.

"Although these bikes may look a little crazy, there's a reason for that."

"It gives people an idea of what's going on and they want to learn more so they go and they look at the event information and hopefully it inspires them to come and take part," says bike decorator Ashley Dekeyzer.

"I'm just trying to make it very obnoxious so that it will be very noticeable to other people," says bike decorator Rhiannon Malone.

This year's tour will feature bike rides of all skill levels, from 2 miles to 85 miles and also some new routes.

"We have the opportunity of show casing all the great new bikes lanes that the city of Alexandria is just put in," says Hensel.

Organizers hope that by placing these two-wheeled works of art in all of the surrounding parishes, it will not only encourage people to sign up, but that it will help turn the event into a Central Louisiana attraction for years to come.

"The further we can get the bikes out the more people will know about the event and hopefully it will be more of a regional event instead of just something here in Rapides Parish," adds Hensel.

This year's Le Tour de Bayou will be on Saturday, September 21st and include bike rides, Kent House tours, and a party.

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