Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest

St. Joseph’s Yunus Qureshi, 16, hustles toward the finish Saturday during the Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest at DeLeon Plaza.

This year’s annual Riverside Ride in Victoria drew dozens of biking connoisseurs from the region like past years, but Shannon Longoria was poised to shake it up for the event’s 13th year.

“We wanted to get the kids out and into the sun and fresh air,” the Kiwanis Club vice president said over the live music and soft hum of attendees at DeLeon Plaza on Saturday. “We are all about kids at the Kiwanis Club, so it made sense to make this event all about kids also.

Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest

Addison Howard, 4, far right, plays with a parachute at the Children’s Discovery Museum booth on Saturday during the Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest at DeLeon Plaza.

Stephanie Ross and the Southern Drive Band preform at the 17th Annual Riverside Ride on Saturday.

Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest

Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler pushes Ryder Rodriguez, 7, off on a peddle car during a demonstration on Saturday during the Riverside Ride and Kidz Fest at DeLeon Plaza. Kids could put on a pair of impairment goggles and make their way around an obstacle of cones to warn about the danger of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Riverside Ride 2021, Team Life Cyclers

Bike riders, from left, Ivan Campos, second place; Pat Fowler, first place; and Lucas Brewer, third place, all of Corpus Christi. The trio is part of a biking club in Corpus Christi called

Team Life Cyclers

, which entered 21 riders into the 17th Annual Riverside Ride on Saturday.

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Chase Rogers covers breaking news and public safety for The Victoria Advocate. He graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor's in mass communications and journalism. Chase can be reached at 361-574-1286, crogers@vicad.com or on Twitter.

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Chase writes about crime and courts for the Victoria Advocate. He grew up in the Dallas–Fort Worth area before attending Texas State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication and journalism.

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