The Discover White House Expo and Safety Day being held this Saturday, Oct. 2 is one of the biggest community events of the year. A day filled with free entertainment, shopping, giveaways and more are what make this 20+ year event special. It wasn’t until 2018 when the White House Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of White House Police and Fire Departments teamed up to make the day even bigger and better with the addition of Safety Day.
Safety Day is a great way for the community to interact with local Police, Fire, County and State Agencies to learn more about day-to-day operations, vehicles used, procedures and safety. Three main events that happen during Safety Day are the bike giveaway, bike parade and bike rodeo.
Local State Farm Insurance owner, Mike Gaines, has been doing bike giveaways at the event since 2005. He has been a part of the White House community for the past 17 years and says,
“The White House community has supported and trusted my agency to protect and service their family’s insurance and financial services needs and for that I am forever grateful, therefore I want to show my appreciation by being passionate about giving back to this wonderful community. I have been a part of safety day for 16 years and have given away over 75 bikes to young children in this community, to sit back and see the excitement on the faces of the winners of a bike never gets old for me as I remember the excitement I received when I got my first bike for Christmas, so every bike we have given away rekindles the excitement and spirit of giving that I benefited from when I received my first bike.”
Another fun activity for kids to participate in is the Bike Parade hosted by the City of White House Parks and Recreation Department. Children of all ages have the opportunity to decorate their bikes for chances to win prizes and parade them around the event.
“Watching how excited the kids are and seeing them interact with the police on their bikes is very special,” White House Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Andrew Woodfin said. Registration for the bike parade opens at 10 a.m. and the parade will start at 10:30 a.m. led by our local police officers.
Can’t participate in the bike parade? That’s okay! You can still participate in the bike rodeo, a miniature obstacle course, that will take place multiple times throughout the day. Training/ Community Relations Sgt. Eric Enck says the bike rodeo “allows us (City of White House Police) to discuss bike safety with them and work on important riding skills.” All you have to do is bring your bike and a helmet to participate!
Everyone is invited for this fun-filled day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at City Hall Complex (105 College Street White House) from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All activities are free! For more information, please contact the White House Area Chamber of Commerce at 615-672-3937 or by visiting www.whitehousechamber.org.