Mary Rupp has been involved with Cranksgiving since the beginning and has been in charge of the event for the last four years. Find out more about her in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.
Why did you first start participating in Cranksgiving?
It’s a bike ride and I always do whatever I can do on a bicycle and it just sounded like a fun thing I never heard of before and I thought why not.
What do you like about riding around town?
I love our bike path and I do enjoy taking the Fifth Avenue path. I just did the Jack and Jill ride. it went to the different points of interest in Clinton.
Do you have a favorite Cranksgiving memory?
Yes, the year that it snowed. We traded our bicycles for pickup trucks and still did the collecting. Some of them actually had bikes that were able to ride in the snow, they had the big, fat tires. I didn’t have one that was going to go anywhere in that kind of weather. That was one of my most fun memories.
How do you personally get into the holiday spirit this time of year?
I start with the walk through the park the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, The Symphony of Lights. That just kind of kicks it off, this has kind of taken over a little bit because it gets you into the feeling of Thanksgiving. We have family that comes from Nebraska and every year we do the walk through the park and that kind of kicks things off.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
My favorite Thanksgiving thing is probably Thanksgiving dinner turkey. My son thinks my Thanksgiving dinner is the best one in the world. I roast my turkey in the oven and I never seem to have a problem with it being dry.
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