McDonald Ride crew revving engines for 2010 bike run
The Ronald McDonald Ride crew is gearing up for the ninth annual ride weekend, June 11-12 in New York Mills.
In only nine years, the annual proceeds from the charitable ride have skyrocketed from $3,300 in 2002 to $108,438 in 2009.
The number of motorcycles entered in the run climbed from only 150 the first year, to 1,250 in 2009.
Volunteers worked the McDonald Ride booth April 17, at the New York Mills Trade Show-where the raffle grand prize Harley Davidson was on display.
The 100-plus mile event attracts more than 1,000 bikers. The event is June 12 this year, but the fun starts Friday night, June 11, with festivities and music at the New York Mills VFW Club-right on Highway 10.
The VFW serves as headquarters for the event-which caps off with food, dance and concert Saturday night after the ride.
The thundering parade of bikes rumbles through downtown Mills Saturday and people line the streets to take a look at all the motor metal muscle.
The ride started in 2002 when a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts wanted to get together and do some good for people.
The event as the world's largest motorcycle ride for Ronald McDonald House and the number one contributor to the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo.
Another component to the McDonald Ride is the pop tab collection. In 2008, for example, 4.2 million pop tabs were collected-with all the proceeds from the recycled aluminum going to the Ronald McDonald House.