Rockabilly Run to raise money for downtown businesses

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT)- Some local bikers got a chance to spend time on the open road Saturday at the 2nd Annual Rockabilly Run in Walnut Ridge.

The poke run took off Saturday morning at Cox Powersports on Hwy 63. All funds from the event will help the businesses in downtown Walnut Ridge. One biker says it was important to come together to help the community as not just bikers but as a family.

"It's like a close knit family, when one is down we rally and help," said a biker known as Pyro. "It's for our hometown, it's to help businesses and tourism for Walnut Ridge."

Pyro said she was inspired to ride after attending a fundraiser run at a local school for exceptional children. A school her son attends.

"Of course we had to ride it's for our son and shortly after that my husband said hey let's become a club," she said.

When it comes to riding, a group of bikers said they love the freedom of being out on the open road. Bikers who participated in the poker run will leave Walnut Ridge and travel through the Ozark foothills.

"We trying to make a tourism awareness for our small community, our small town and that's what this ride is all about," Pyro said.

Nicole McLaughlin, secretary of the Rumblin' Around the Ridge biker group, says about 40 bikers signed up Saturday morning but more were expected.

"We were approached by Charles Snap in downtown Walnut Ridge that they wanted to bring another aspect into town and there's a lot of bikers around Lawrence County so they came up to us and we gladly said we would help and it's just evolved from there," McLaughlin said.

The event also had live music and vendor booths at Beatles Park following the run. One lucky rider will also win a free trip to Myrtle Beach.

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