Four-wheeling is a popular outdoor activity here in the County, and today close to 70 individuals with special needs got to do just that in Presque Isle, all thanks to the Star City ATV Club.
Kirk Mananfaq who participated in the ATV rides said, ”Everybody here, enjoying the nice weather.”
Leona York who participated in the ATV rides said, ”I love it, it’s so fun.”
Close to 70 individuals with special needs from the Central Aroostook Association’s adult programs got to ride around Arnold Brook Lake today, and 25 staff members were on hand to show them all a good time!
April Archer of the Central Aroostook Association said, ”They don’t always have the opportunity to get out and do things like this in their everyday life so it’s a good opportunity for them to be able to get out and get interactive with people from the community.”
President of the Star City ATV Club Richard Howlett said, ”You just can get out, and go places where you can’t with a vehicle, you see a lot of wildlife.”
The ATV’s can go up to 50 miles an hour but for today they kept the speed at about 20 miles an hour.
President of the Star City ATV Club Richard Howlett said, ”You got to respect the machine like you do anything else, know it’s limits and your limits, make sure that you wear helmets.”
This is the 4th year the Star City ATV Club has hosted an event of this kind for adults with physical and mental disabilities.
President of the Star City ATV Club Richard Howlett said, ”We’ve got all our trail maintenance pretty much done for the year and so it gives us a little bit of free time and it’s just something extra we can do for that organization.”
The Presque Isle Snowmobile club also hosts an event similar to this one for people with special needs during the winter time.