Riding for kids

The Dixie Iron Riders took the lead, and a total of 56 bikers revved up their engines and took a leisurely Saturday ride to help out the Blount County Boys and Girls Club recently.

The ride started at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on West Lamar Alexander Parkway and rolled into “home” at the Boys and Girls Club hours later.

Barbecue, expertly prepared by Steve Greene and Jeff Headrick, was waiting for the riders, as the cooks had stayed up until the late night hours cooking the pork.

When all the music and food and camaraderie was done, the Blount County Boys and Girls Club was approximately $8,500 better off than when the ride began! “All the money stays right here in Blount County,” said board member Ed Mitchell. “It will go straight to help these kids, this facility, which is what makes these event special.

Trula Blackmon led the group in prayer before lunch began.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Blount County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting educational, vocational and character development of youth in a safe, caring environment. The Dixie Iron Riders is a group of 20 motorcycle enthusiasts who ride together and put their weekends and hearts behind aiding worthy causes, such as Boys & Girls Clubs. The group’s Web site is at www.dixieiron.com.

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