Ear plugs aren't a bad idea, as this isn't your grandmother's parade.
New York Mills residents are expected to flock downtown at high noon Saturday and line the streets to witness the impressive show of heavy motorcycle metal.
The Ronald McDonald House Ride leaves the V.F.W. at noon sharp and hundreds of motorcycles will roll through town revving engines and rattling windows, as bikers from around the region embark on this year's benefit ride. The ride leaves Mills north on Highway 67 to Wolf Lake,then takes the bikes to Wadena before returning to Mills for the post-ride hog roast, auctions, burnout contest, drawing for the new Harley-Davidson, and live outdoor concert featuring the AC/DC tribute band TNT. Local band Cut Loose will also play Saturday night.
The RMH Ride has grown considerably and quickly since the 150 motorcycles in 2002. That first year the event raised $3,300. In 2005, the number of motorcycles participating reached 750, with about $64,000 raised. Two years later, in 2007, the ride topped 1,000 motorcycles and raised $87,300. Last year, ride organizers again estimated over 1,000 bikes and the total money raised went over the $100,000 mark for the first time.
The 8th annual RMH Ride in little old New York Mills became one of the world's largest motorcycle benefit rides for the Ronald McDonald House organization.
Bike Safety Rodeo
A bike safety rodeo is held each year in conjunction with the RMH Ride, with over 200 kids participating the last two years.
The bike rodeo is this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. in the school parking lot. Participants must bring their own bikes to take part in the event.
This year, over 20 bikes have been donated and will be given away to those who complete the course and are eligible to win a bike.
Each year the RMH Ride holds a live auction to help raise funds for the event. On the auction block this year is an autographed Kenny Chesney guitar.
Nick Hoffman, guitarist and fiddler for Kenny Chesney, sent the guitar for the RMH Ride live auction.
Hoffman's tie to New York Mills is he is the grandson of Stanley and Mary Grant.