2nd annual Feed the Kids Bike and Car Show to commence June 12th

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:11 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Motorcycle riding clubs sometimes have a certain stigma, but this riding group is trying to change that, while providing food for kids, at the same time. The 2nd annual Feed the Kids Bike and Car Show is next month in Riverton, and the group is hosting it to benefit several causes.

Oilfield Ironmen Brotherhood Big Bear Chapter President, James Thorpe stated, “When we first started wearing our vests and stuff through town, we’d get all the goofy looks and stuff like that, hence papa bear here. Kids now recognize he’s a good thing. We’re here to help the community with whatever they need.” Thorpe referred to the large stuffed bear that sometimes rides behind him on his two seater motorcycle.

One of the messages the riding group hopes to get across is about kindness and friendship.“We have a little t-shirt teddy bear campaign that we’re doing. They’re ultimately cute, we’re also reaching out with an anti-bullying campaign,” explained Oilfield Ironmen Brotherhood Big Bear Chapter Treasurer, Trish Thorpe. The anti-bullying stuffed bears will be for sale at the event.

Last year, they were able to earn enough from the Feed the Kids show for 400 school meals for students. This year their goal is to surpass that, and earn enough to purchase at least 500 meals.

“Anything beyond that, we would love to be able to share that, and we want to reach out to other school districts like St. Stephens and surrounding areas. If we have even extra on top of that, we want to reach out to Lander and maybe Shoshoni, and those kinds of schools and actually be able to have a full Fremont County reach out, is what our ultimate goal is,” added Trish Thorpe.

Another activity planned will be the car smash with a car decorated to look like the Covid virus. The message is to smash Covid, and participants can purchase 5 smashes with their choices of hammers for $5, and the proceeds benefit Help for Health Hospice.

“We want the community to know that we’re not the bikers that used to be here. We’re the new kind who like to help the community and make people smile, and just have a good time,” added James Thorpe.

The event is on June 12th at the Fremont County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bikes and cars can be registered, and businesses are able to rent a booth space.

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