Spring ride benefits Blount kids

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It was a first, but good chance it won’t be the last. Motorcycle enthusiasts, led by the community-spirited Dixie Iron Riders, took to the streets on Saturday, May 12, with children on their minds.

The First Annual Motorcycle Ride for Blount Kids had a dual goal for their first benefit. Proceeds went to the Fraternal Order of Police Summer Youth Camp and to Area 15 Special Olympics. It was a children-first ride, with bikers paying $20 per bike to participate in the ride that began at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson and ended at Heritage High School. A cook-out, door prizes and a grand prize give-away of a kid’s motorcycle took place at Heritage, with a crystal clear view of the mountains as the backdrop. Dixie Werewolves provided entertainment.

The ride was presented by Realty Executives, Price & Associates, with Dwight Price, Angie Kirby, Martha Galyon, Martha McCampbell and Susan Myers leading the charge. The Dixie Iron Riders were the primary riders, with members from the two charities -- FOP Summer Youth Camps and Special Olympics -- putting on their working hats to cook, decorate, give out door prizes and keep things rolling for the riders.

Final totals were still out, but projections were that the event would bring in more than $10,000 for the charities.

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