One of the stranger things drivers passing through Jackson on June 5 may have seen was Second Street blocked off and dozens of kids on bicycles riding up and down the street.

It was all part of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce's Stranger Things Bike Ride. Part of the Netflix series Stranger Things is filmed in Jackson, and filming is currently underway, with stores on Second Street having facades that changed them into stores in Hawkins, Indiana, the setting for the drama series.

But Saturday's bike ride for kids was all fun and games and educational. Booths were set up by the chamber, Tim Broyles State Farm, and Atlanta Trek, and the riders could go from booth to booth and also take part in games that taught them bicycle safety.

Riders registered at the chamber booth, then headed to the State Farm booth, where Jackie Morrison provided free helmets to children who didn't have one, and properly fitted it to their heads. The Atlanta Trek booth helped children learn how to take care of their bikes and provided bike safety checks.

Senior Reporter

I have worked for community newspapers in Butts, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, and Upson counties for 30 years. I was Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999, and returned to the Progress-Argus as Senior Reporter in 2019.

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