Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s Spooky Bike and Ball was a treat.
Hundreds of Fort Worth community members grabbed their bikes and costumes and joined the mayor in her annual Halloween-themed bike ride on Wednesday night.
The 8-mile bike ride begins and ends at the Fort Worth Water Gardens, taking participants around the downtown area and through Oakwood Cemetery. After the ride, the event was followed by an after-party.
At the after-party, participants were greeted by local food trucks, vendors and ’80s dance music.
The mayor’s annual costume contest also took place in the midst of the party, and a woman dressed as an abominable snowman took first place. Price came dressed as a sugar skull and participated in both the bike ride and after-party.
Participants and vendors praised the event and credited the success to the mayor’s high level of community involvement.
This was the first year working at the Bike and Ball for face painting and balloon twisting duo John and Sharon Kimbrel. Sharon said they were “really impressed with the atmosphere.”
“Mayor Price is extraordinary for putting something like this on,” John said.
Chichi Onyekanne, a student at the University of Texas at Arlington, commended the mayor on being so involved.
“It’s so special because she made something the whole city can come and support,” Onyekanne said.
Cam Cunningham and Cassie Blankenship spent the evening working at the booth for Title Boxing Club. As active members in the Fort Worth fitness community, the pair praised Price’s emphasis on local health.
“The mayor is so into fitness,” Cunningham said. “It’s cool to know she actually cares.”
“She has really taken initiative to improve the city, and this is just one of the steps she’s taken to make the city happier and healthier,” Blankenship said.