MASON, W.Va. — The roar of hundreds of motorcycles will be heard July 31 as the fifth annual Biker Sunday and Community Outreach is held at Soul Harvest Church in Mason.
“It’s all about the salvation of souls and reaching out to the biker community,” said Bill Davis, one of the organizers and a member of the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, West Virginia Chapter.
“All are invited, you don’t have to be a biker to attend,” Davis continued. “It’s an opportunity for bikers to hear the Word, and it might be their only opportunity to hear it all year long.”
Last year, bikers came from as far as Myrtle Beach, S.C. The event drew hundreds of local residents, as well.
This year’s event will start at 9 a.m. with breakfast and fellowship at the church, located at 500 Adamsville Road. At 10 a.m., a church service will be held with Pastor Jason Simpkins bringing the message.
The bike parade and ride will begin after the service, and upon the bikers’ return, the community outreach will be held.
Lunch will be served including Kiser’s Barbecue, side dishes, desserts, and drinks, as well as treats from SnoBiz. There will be inflatables to entertain the youngsters.
A bike show will be held with first-, second- and third-place trophies awarded in three categories. Winners will be chosen by popular vote. Motorcycle games will be held throughout the afternoon, which promise some old favorites, as well as a few new ones, according to Davis.
The bike show, inflatables and games will all be held in the field between the church and Dollar General Store. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Both Davis and his wife Cathy were saved at a Biker Sunday, which makes the day an important one for him. Davis said Soul Harvest is one of few churches that continues to hold the events.
Past Biker Sundays at the Mason church have drawn nearly 1,000 people. While the majority of bikers come from Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties, many are expected this year from northern Ohio, Davis said.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.