Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Tommy “Brother Bear” Pittard

Tommy “Brother Bear” Pittard

Earlier this year, I found out about a Biker Sunday that was going to be held at 2 p.m. at White Oak United Pentecostal Church in Thomson, Georgia. Mike Maddox and Pastor John D. Biggs got together to put on the first Biker Sunday at White Oak Church, which was held six days before the 13th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Mike Maddox’s name is well known for organizing the ride for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

I’ve been looking forward to the Easyriders 2015 Bike Show Tour for several months now. This year’s event took place on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center. I love the show, but I hate the lack of parking. Once you park your bike, it’s a long walk to get to the front of the building, and what I really hated the most was paying over $10 to park.

This year's Motorcycle Club Sunday was held on January 24, 2015 at the Tri-City Shrine Club Building in Honea Path, South Carolina. I’d always missed this event for some reason or another, but this year a friend sent me a flyer and told me I should go. After reading the flyer, I took Darlene Sherfield’s advice and put the event on my calendar.

On January 13, the ABATE of South Carolina Chapters and members from across the state join forces in Columbia, South Carolina for Lobby Day. On this day, all the ABATE members let the state senators and representatives know which bills are important to the bikers of South Carolina. The members meet at the Statue of John C. Calhoun before going into the gallery to show their unity to all the members of the General Assembly.

The Christmas for the Children 26th Annual Toy Run was held on Sunday December 21 in Joanna, South Carolina. The first ride was held by the Sons of the South back in 1988, and this ride has grown over the years to over 250 riders.

On July 7, 2014, the riders of Greenwood County and the riders from the surrounding counties met at the Burton Center just off of Highway 221& 72. The purpose of the poker run was to help provide funding to purchase wheelchairs and accessible equipment for people with disabilities and special needs (autism, intellectual disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and related disabilities) at the Burton Center. The Burton Center serves over 1,500 people, with a staff of 450 personnel in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick and Saluda counties. The staff has a saying “Wheels for Wheels,” which to me meant that motorcycle wheels are turning to help to replace wheelchair wheels.

The Moonshines and BBQ Cook-Off Festival is a two-day event that started March 21 and ran through March 22. I can tell you that for the bikers who were drinking moonshine, it was a three day event.

Augusta, Georgia - March 15, Augusta H-D hosted the 12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Then at ten am, 300-plus bikers hopped on their hogs and revved up their engines and helped to raise more than $6000 for the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center.