LAUREL SPRINGS — Bikers and many others will soon hit the roads in support of the Northwestern Regional Library network.
A poker run, ride and many complementing activities are planned for June 11. The annual Ride for Readers begins at 9:30 a.m., and riders may choose to plan their own ride or leave from event sponsor Freeborne’s Eatery and Lodge.
After a scenic ride around Stone Mountain State Park and other areas, riders will arrive back at Freeborne’s for a lunch and live music at about 1:30 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.
Event organizer Bruce Cook, a local business owner, said he wouldn’t disclose the route on which he will lead riders.
“I don’t want to spoil it,” he said, before explaining it’s different every year.
“What I will say is it will lead us through three states.”
Cook said all are welcomed, whether they ride a motorcycle or drive a car.
Registration fees for the ride are $30 for riders and $20 for adult passengers. Children 12 and younger ride for free in the event.
Library director Joan Sherif said the event is the fifth of its kind, and it has steadily grown.
“We raise about $10,000 at the event, and the number grows every year,” said Sherif.
She said last year’s event drew participation from about 60 riders. There are already more than 100 registered for this year’s ride.
Sherif said proceeds from the event will go towards purchasing e-books for the network’s libraries in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.
“It goes to a great cause,” noted Sherif before discussing the amount of work involved in getting the event together.
“We are so appreciative of Bruce Cook’s efforts in organizing the event,” said Sherif. “We also have to thank Freeborne’s. It’s really their ride. They provide music, food and so much more.”
“We couldn’t do this without all our sponsors and participants.”
Those interested in riding in the event can register at any library location or at Freeborne’s. Registration is also accepted on the day of the event. There are a limited number of event T-shirts available, but they are only available to those who register in advance.
Event organizers ask that all bikes are roadworthy, and those in need of more information may call 336-359-8008.
Freeborne’s is located at mile-marker 248 on N.C. 18 in Laurel Springs.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.