MASON — A new motorcycle show category, as well as new games, await bikers attending this year’s Biker Sunday and Community Outreach at Northbend Church (formerly Soul Harvest Church) in Mason.
The annual event will be held July 30 at the church, which is located at 500 Adamsville Road.
“It’s all about the salvation of souls and reaching out to the biker community,” said Bill Davis, one of the organizers, who is also a member of the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, West Virginia Chapter.
In years past, the event has drawn nearly 1,000 people. And while the majority of bikers come from Mason, Meigs and Gallia counties, Davis said some have attended from as far away as Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The day begins at 9 a.m., with breakfast and fellowship. At 10 a.m., a church service will be held with Pastor Jason Simpkins bringing the message.
Following the service, a bike parade and ride will take place. Upon the bikers’ return, the community outreach will be held.
Davis said the motorcycle show will feature a new category this year for “Dresser” bikes. The category will join those for American Iron, Metric, and Custom bikes. First-, second-, and third-place trophies will be awarded in each category, chosen by popular vote.
Motorcycle games will be featured throughout the afternoon in the field between the church and Dollar General Store. Davis promises there will be some new games this year, as well as many of the favorites.
And while some activities are centered around the motorcycles and their riders, there are activities for all.
A free lunch will be served, including Kiser’s Barbecue, side dishes, desserts, and drinks. Sno Biz will be on the grounds to provide free frozen treats throughout the day. Water slides and other inflatables will offer entertainment for the children. Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Both Davis and his wife, Cathy, came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior at a Biker Sunday, he said, which makes the event a special one for him. Davis concluded Northbend Church is one of the few churches that continue to hold specific biker services.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.