Chris Spence of the Vernon BMX Club negotiates a jump at the BMX national series last weekend in Squamish.

Chris Spence of the Vernon BMX Club negotiates a jump at the BMX national series last weekend in Squamish.

Vernon BMX Club hosting 30th anniversary celebration

Vernon BMX Club hosting 30th anniversary celebration Saturday at Ranger Park.

The Vernon BMX Club has been lapping, jumping, rolling and turning for 30 years.

To celebrate the momentous milestone, the Vernon club is hosting a BMX extravaganza on Saturday (4 p.m.) at Ranger Park on 47th Avenue.

The grounds will be opened up to anyone wanting to check out the club and learn more about the sport. There will be events for kids such as a bouncy castle, as well as an 80s retro BMX race at 5 p.m., plus a silent auction and a draw for a new BMX bike.

There will also be a concession with hamburgers and hotdogs.

BMX racing started in Vernon in 1983, in a weed-infested lot covered with broken bottles and rusting car bodies. Founding president John Murray had a vision for the lot, and with the support of city officials of the day, constructed a small clubhouse, fenced in the area and began cleaning up.

Over the years, the track has evolved into one of the finest in Western Canada.

The executive has changed many faces over the years, and many kids and families have come to the park to ride a lap or two just for fun, or to participate in the weekly Tuesday-night races.

The park opens at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, a handful of Vernon racers competed at the BMX national series last weekend in Squamish. No results were reported.

Grand Nationals go Oct. 11-13, in Chilliwack.

For more information on the Vernon BMX Club, visit www.vernonbmx.com, or visit the club Facebook page for a schedule of events.