Ronald Ride likely to see big numbers again in year 5
Kevin Cederstrom firstname.lastname@example.org Since its first year in 2002 the Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride in New York Mills has increased dramatically the following year. And since the ride drew 750 bikes in 2005, for this years motorcycle ride June 10...
Since its first year in 2002 the Ronald McDonald House Benefit Ride in New York Mills has increased dramatically the following year. And since the ride drew 750 bikes in 2005, for this years motorcycle ride June 10 to see 1,000 is not that far-fetched.
The ride has grown from 150 bikes in 2002 ($3,300 raised) to 250 bikes in 2003 ($13,000) to 450 bikes in 2004 ($26,000) to 750 bikes last year ($63,100).
Considering it rained during the ride last year and still drew 750 bikes, organizers are confident the 5th annual ride will draw at least that many, and to reach 1,000 would be quite an accomplishment.
Billed as Central Minnesotas Premier Motorcyle Benefit Ride, the RMH takes off from the NY Mills V.F.W. Post 3289 at noon sharp on June 10, rain or shine. The bikers will leave the V.F.W. and come through Mills on Centennial Drive before heading out on the scenic 110-mile route through East Otter Tail County with stops in Wolf Lake and Ottertail before ending up back at the Mills V.F.W. for a hog roast, door prizes and live auction. The band Icebreaker will play Saturday night on the outdoor stage.
The winner of the 2006 Harley Davidson Fatboy, (2) $500 cash prizes and (10) $100 cash prizes will be announced at 8 p.m.
During the ride folks in Wolf Lake will treat the bikers to a turkey sandwich feed and at The Local in Ottertail there will be a dunking booth and pie throwing booth set up for the bikers entertainment.
All motorcycles are welcome to participate in this fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo. Cost is $10 per person, which includes the hog roast, eligible for door prizes, and live auction. All proceeds raised at the event go to the RMH in Fargo.
Admission to the V.F.W. following the ride is $5. For more information go to www.rmhride.com
The night before the ride the popular 1990s band, Firehouse is playing outside at the V.F.W. on June 9. The opening band is Sassy Jones. Admission is $10 for everyone at the gate and the show starts at 8 p.m. The admission fee includes camping at the newly-acquired 70 acres for camping and public parking. Hot showers will be available for campers.
Bike Safety Rodeo
This event begins at 9 a.m. on June 10 in the Farmers & Merchants State Bank parking lot. Ronald McDonald, Hamburglar and Grimmace will be on hand to entertain the kids. Also making an appearance will be Minnesota Timberwolves mascot, Crunch. Kids participating in the bike safety rodeo will be eligible to win one of 22 new bikes given away.
The cultural center will also be on hand to help kids decorate their helmets and bikes.
The Senior Citizens Center will hold a pancake breakfast June 10 starting at 7:30 a.m.