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NY Mills gearing up for Ronald McDonald Ride

NY Mills is gearing up for the 10th annual Ronald McDonald Ride on June 11. FOCUS File.

New York Mills residents are revving up their engines in preparation for the town's 10th annual Ronald McDonald Ride.

The event is the world's largest Ronald McDonald ride in the country, raising more than $100,000 a year for an organization that's touched the families of many in the area.

More than 30 people are on the committee that puts the ride together. And while it's no doubt a fun event, the crew is serious about the cause and the funds it raises.

"Everybody knows someone who has used the Ronald McDonald House," said committee member Greg Karvonen.

Preparation for the ride never really ceases, as area schools take on fundraisers year-round, including a pop tab collection drive that typically generates 1,000 gallons of pop tabs.

"It's a fun forming habit for kids," Karvonen said.

From kids in classrooms to riders from around America, the event draws on the heartstrings of many.

On the big day, riders from around the region and those from as far away as Florida gather in NY Mills to celebrate for the cause.

Festivities surrounding the ride begin the evening of Thursday, June 9 at the VFW in NY Mills, with Wild Knights Entertainment and R and R Wrestling.

On Friday, June 10, the party continues with musical act Slamabama.

The race takes off Saturday, June 11 at noon from the VFW, with stops scheduled for Wolf Lake and Wadena.

Before the race, a pancake breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. at the NY Mills School, hosted by Close Up, a school organization. The breakfast will be followed by a 10 a.m. bike rodeo for kids.

When riders return to NY Mills after a day on the road, there will be a hog roast, live auction and door prizes, along with a silent auction and a $20,000 Harley motorcycle giveaway. Entertainment will continue Saturday night with TNT, an AC/DC tribute band, and Cut Loose.

Registration for the event is online at Registration also takes place the day of the ride from 9-11:30 a.m. For more information, go to

Thursday, June 9

9 a.m. ¬- Campground opens.

8 p.m. - R&R Wrestling with five big matches featuring Heather Marie, Ann Brookstone, Little Diva, Midget Man, Midget Lady, RNR CHAMP, Lover Kid. AWA LEGEND, Rock n Roll Buck ZumHofe, and All Star Wrestling legend, Greg Gagne.

Friday, June 10

8 p.m. ¬- Live outdoor Slamabama concert at the Charles D. Center, NY Mills VFW.

Saturday, June 11

8 to 11 a.m. - Pancake breakfast at the NY Mills School.

9 a.m. - Bike rodeo at the NY Mills School parking lot. Kids meet Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar and Grimace. Children are eligible to win one of 20 bikes.

9 to 11:30 a.m. - Registration for the Ronald McDonald House ride at the VFW in NY Mills.

Noon - RMH Ride (rain or shine) with stops in Wolf Lake and the Wadena Elks Lodge in Wadena.

4:30 p.m. - RMH ride returns to NY Mills VFW for hog roast, door prizes, live and silent auction and burnout contest.

8 p.m. - Drawing for 2010 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic and $2,000 worth of cash prizes. Live outdoor concert follows drawing, featuring bands, Cut Loose and TNT, an AC/DC tribute band.

Sunday, June 13

7 a.m. - Breakfast at the VFW.