Bike rally to benefit veterans set for weekend

By Martin Graham - [email protected]

An event to benefit local and tri-county veterans will be held this weekend with several attractions to entertain the adult crowd.

The Southern Ohio Buckeye Bike Rally (SOBBR) was organized thanks to the efforts of several members. These six members helped to organize all aspects of the bike rally. The board members this year of the SOBBR committee consist of Jimmy “Chicken Man” Morrison, Gary Benson, DJ Jenkins, Kristi Lynch, Brad Snively and Robyn Benson. With the goal of helping to give back to the community these members have decided to give proceeds to veterans.

The gates will open Friday for camping and all vendors and live entertainment will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m. and continue until 1 a.m. This event will also have beer sales, but entry is only permitted to those 21 and over. Weekend passes will be available for $10 and primitive camping is available for an additional $10. The event will conclude at 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

The SOBBR will be held with a money raising poker run on Saturday. This poker run is the fourth created by Lynch and will benefit veterans through several organizations.

According to Lynch, she has always liked to ride and wanted to find a way to give back. Over the past few years, Lynch has organized rides to benefit many organizations, which included a domestic violence shelter and six smaller charities last year. Lynch, who comes from a long line of Air Force members, said she really feels good giving back to veterans, which is something she shares with bikers, who are also passionate about veterans.

At the conclusion of the bike ride, the Fayette County Color Guard will hold a flag raising ceremony and will also incorporate a way to honor a recently deceased veteran, biker and avid musician Dale Dunn. The color guard will begin the flag raising ceremony at around 5 p.m. Saturday evening once the poker run has concluded and returns to the fairgrounds.

“Saturday will begin with a breakfast at 9 a.m. and registration for the bike ride will continue until noon when all the bikes will leave,” Lynch, SOBBR board member said. “The ‘Riding from the Sky with Butterflies’ in memory of Candace Lynch will be the name of the ride. The cost of the poker run is $20 per bike. All of the proceeds will benefit veterans, but anytime I ride I do it in memory of my sister.”

Candace was killed in an automotive accident in Washington C.H. in 2011.

“The stage is huge and is a full-day project to set up,” Lynch said. “We decided that if we wanted to do this it had to look incredible and we wanted to set up on a flat bed trailer with tons of lights.”

Currently, several different entertainers have all agreed to come to the event, including Apt. B, Opal Justice, MG Flash, Salems Lot and more. Additionally, food will be available from Horney’s Barbecue, Jay’s Corner Cafe and others, and custom bike builders will also be at the event. Plenty of parts vendors and swap meet style vendors will be available as well.

“Both Court House Customs and Red’s will have booths at the event and we are hoping to make this a yearly event that benefits those vets who have fought for our freedom,” Jenkins, co-owner of Court House Customs and board member said. “All money after expenses will go straight to organizations that benefit vets. We hope everyone will want to come out and enjoy an awesome event and help to give back to the vets that have given so much for us.”

Other attractions include bike rodeo games such as the slow race and barrel race, and more.

Any questions can be directed to the Facebook page at

By Martin Graham

[email protected]

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy