October 25, 2014

Local bike group raises money for kids

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Several guests at the rodeo and pig roast attempt to beat the heat July 10 as they gather underneath a tent.
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Several guests at the rodeo and pig roast attempt to beat the heat July 10 as they gather underneath a tent.
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Mike Carlson makes his way through the zig zag race at the rodeo.
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Brian and Wendy Jones attempt the blind race during the motorcycle rodeo.
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Rick Bolen, sergeant-at-arms of Bikers 4 Kids of Arenac County, welcomes guests to the event.
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From left, Tony Jankowiak, Greg Kozlowski, and Eddie Gillenkirk of Bikers 4 Kids of Arenac County carve up a pig for the pig roast.
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Tony Jankowiak, who said he has been cooking pigs for five years of the motorcycle rodeo and pig roast, shows off one of the pigs being roasted July 10.
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Mark Foster of Alger cooks hot dogs for those in attendance at the 10th annual Bikers 4 Kids of Arenac County Motorcycle Rodeo and Pig Roast Saturday, July 10, in Alger.
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ALGER – For the 10th year in a row, Arenac County Bikers for Kids, revved up the weekend in Alger Saturday, with their Motorcycle Rodeo and Pig Roast.

Attracting more than 100 people and around 80-100 bikes, former president and current member Mark Foster said he thought the event went pretty well even though they haven’t tallied how much it raised yet.

“Overall, it went pretty good. Attendance was down, because of the economy and it rained,” he said. “We had around 150 (people) I’m guessing. We had two 300-pound pigs that we roasted. All (was) well and everyone got fat and lazy.”

The event, which took place just off of I-75 exit 202 in Alger included door prizes, a gun raffle, a live auction, fireworks, free camping, motorcycle rodeo games, and a concert by rock band Ashbury Jam.

According to Foster, the fireworks put on quite a show.

“We had a fireworks show that was 35-40 minutes long,” he said. “We get people pulling off on the side of the road. It’s a good show (and) we had a lot of fun.”

Though the group doesn’t yet know the exact amount of money that was made during the one-day event, Foster said that all of the proceeds stay in the area to help local children.

“We started out with ‘Bikers for Kids Christmas’ for underprivileged children. Now it’s anything to do with kids,” he said about the organization. “Ninety-nine percent of the money stays in Arenac and Ogemaw counties.”

Though the event helps them raise money for area kids, Foster says it’s not the biggest fundraiser for the group.

“Usually, we make a few thousand, (but) our Christmas party does a lot better,” he said about the event that usually takes place on the first Saturday in November at The Camp Sports Bar and Grill on M-30 in Gladwin. “It was fantastic.”

Bikers for Kids will be auctioning off a 2010 Harley Road King at Ogemaw Hills Bike Week, a rally held at the Ogemaw County Fairgrounds July 11-17, tickets are $10 dollars.

The winner will be announced at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

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