A new organization within the Coon Rapids American Legion umbrella staged its first event Sunday.
The Coon Rapids American Legion Riders hosted its inaugural motorcycle ride followed by a corn feed at the Legion post when the bikers returned.
The bikers ate breakfast at the Legion before leaving on the ride Sunday morning. The ride included stops at American Legion posts in St. Francis, Zimmerman, Elk River, Champlin and Anoka.
According to Don Gullickson, director of the Coon Rapids American Legion Riders, there were 37 motorcycles and 50 people that took part in the ride, which totaled some 85 miles.
“We had a very good turnout and I was very pleased,” Gullickson said.
All rides sponsored by the Coon Rapids American Legion Riders are dry rides and no alcohol consumption is allowed until the return to the Coon Rapids Legion Post, he said.
The Coon Rapids American Legion Riders group was formed a little over six months ago, Gullickson said.
The impetus came from some 25 Legion members who are motorcycle riders like Gullickson, he said.
“We plan on having several motorcycle rides next year,” Gullickson said.
The corn feed Sunday also included burgers, brats, beer and soda, plus prizes, games and music.
Proceeds went to the national American Legion Riders Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides funds for the education of children of fallen veterans, according to Gullickson.
There are more than 425 American Legion Riders programs in the country.
The event at the Legion Sunday also featured a 2014 Indian Chief motorcycle on display, courtesy of the manufacturer, Polaris, at its Spirit Lake, Iowa, plant.
Bob Vonvett, a member of the Coon Rapids American Legion Riders, works for Polaris, Gullickson said.
The brand new model had been unveiled at the beginning of August at the annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., he said.
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