Red Poppy Ride

On April 25, 1990, Georgetown was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” Red poppies have been a part of Georgetown’s landscape for over seventy years. Red poppies have grown naturally in street and highway right-of-ways, in vacant lots and parks lands, and in native and cultivated areas of our citizen’s yards. We understand that Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year. Each April as the poppies bloom, Georgetown celebrates with the annual Red Poppy Festival.

As a part of that festival, Georgetown hosts a charity bike ride to benefit the the SERTOMA scholarship program for Georgetown ISD, the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and the City of Georgetown Bicycle Patrol Unit. For several years, WC-ARES has been a critical component of that ride, providing communications and logistical support throughout the 62 mile course, enabling SAG wagons (support vehicles) and rest stop stations to communicate needs and to provide critical coordination in the event of an emergency or hazardous weather events.