Motorcycle show and shine event held tomorrow in Grand Forks

May is motorcycle awareness month and RHC Insurance Brokers is promoting two-wheeled safety.

With the help of volunteers

With the help of volunteers

In order to promote motorcycle safety, RHC Insurance Brokers is sponsoring a motorcycle show and shine fundraiser event tomorrow in Grand Forks.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and organizer Diane Muscroft said the event begins at 10 a.m. at the parking lot of Overwaitea.

Amongst the events, bikers putting their motorcycles on display and people’s choice voting on favourite bikes, with prizes going to first and second place in men’s and ladies’ divisions.

At around 1 p.m., attendees will hop on their hogs and motorcycles and travel on an awareness ride to Rock Creek.

“The awareness ride is just a ride we do as a group to show people motorcycles are out there and basically the whole event is to raise awareness about motorcycles on the road; to share the road, to look twice when you’re driving to watch for motorcycles,” Muscroft explained.

There will be stations along the awareness ride route that will hand out cards and people taking part in the awareness ride will collect cards and form poker hands as part of the poker run portion of the event, with the best hand winning a prize. Muscroft said donations will be taken for that as well.

Muscroft said all proceeds will go to the Boundary Community Food Bank.

“We ask the people who bring their motorcycles to donate towards the food bank and that gives them entry fee to the show and shine and eligibility for prizes and the Boundary Community Food Bank is going to run a barbecue … we’ll sell hot dogs by donation, with a suggested minimum amount,” explained Muscroft.

The event will also see booths set up for two local groups; the Christian Rider’s Association and the Grand Forks ATV Club – the Christian bikers will be taking part in the awareness ride, as well as the ATV club members who have motorcycles, cars or trucks.

Muscroft said the event will wind up at the Station Pub in Grand Forks with a dinner where the poker run winner will be announced.

“We certainly welcome motorcycles of all makes and models to the event,” Muscroft said. “We also would invite anyone in a vehicle who wants to join us, even for the awareness ride, if they want to follow along and be part of the group.”

Again, the event takes place tomorrow and begins at 10 a.m.