Organizers of the Hope Ride have something new up their sleeves for Saturday’s milestone 30th anniversary event.

The inaugural Moos & Blues Music Festival on the Hope Town Square will await bike riders and anyone else up for a good time. The free, six-hour festival will feature six blues acts.

Barbecued pork prepared by Jeff Yarnell, as well as strawberry shortcake desserts provided by Main Street of Hope, will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., event founder and organizer Paul Ashbrook said.

“You will not lose weight during the Hope Ride,” Ashbrook guaranteed in typical, tongue-in-cheek style.

The concert is the latest in a series of added attractions that have transformed a bicycle ride into a day-long jubilee in the northeast Bartholomew County community.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.