Ancilla Alumni Association to Host Blueberry Bicycle Cruise

August 27, 2013

  08/28/13 Ancilla Alumni Association is set to hold its 23rd Annual Blueberry Bicycle Cruise (BBC) this coming Saturday, August 31.  This event takes place in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival.

The ride is a hit with participants every year.  There are four routes to choose from including 31, 41, and 62 mile routes and a more family friendly 16 mile route.  Riders travel through the surrounding countryside and are free to ride at their own pace enjoying the scenery along the way.  Attractions along the routes include Lake Maxinkuckee, the Culver Academies, the town of Culver, the Chief Menominee Monument and for those choosing the 62 mile route, a stop at Ancilla College where fresh baked cookies are there to enjoy.

We are so excited for this year’s event.  The weather will be great and the riders always enjoy the stops along the way,” said Jill Neidlinger, Assistant Professor at Ancilla College, chairperson of the BBC. 

The BBC is part of the larger Blueberry Festival that takes place annually over the Labor Day weekend.  Riders can enjoy the festival after their ride which attracts over 500 craft booths, 100 food booths, shows, and athletic events at Centennial Park. 

The cost of the BBC is $20 per person and the maximum fee for families is $50.  The fee gives you a map of the route, emergency numbers, and SAG stops.  T-Shirts are available for purchase for $12.  Checks can be made payable to: Blueberry Bicycle Cruise.  Registration forms can be printed ahead of time, visit and will be available the day of the race at Menominee Elementary School, which is also the starting point of the cruise.  For more information, please contact Jill Neidlinger at 574-936-8898 ext. 369 or 574-216-0526.

 “This will be the last year for the Ancilla Alumni to sponsor the ride; we want to thank everyone for all of the support and fun over the years.  Ancilla College will be the sponsor next year and will continue on the tradition,” Neidlinger said.

Ancilla College ( is a Catholic, liberal arts, Associate’s Degree college in Donaldson, Indiana, sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.