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Santa to get help from his biker friends

Bikers lined the roadway in last year's toy run. (Source: Pam Foreman Photography) Bikers lined the roadway in last year's toy run. (Source: Pam Foreman Photography)
Santa always makes his way to the annual toy run. It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. (Source: Curtis Kirksey) Santa always makes his way to the annual toy run. It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving. (Source: Curtis Kirksey)
Admission to the ride is one unwrapped toy or $10. (Source: Curtis Kirksey) Admission to the ride is one unwrapped toy or $10. (Source: Curtis Kirksey)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Santa travels by sleigh in December. But, for 32 years now, he has climbed on a Harley-Davidson for a spin around Jonesboro as part of the Association Motorcycle Club and A.B.A.T.E. District 2 Toy Run.

Entry fee for the run, happening Saturday, Nov. 19, is one unwrapped toy or $10.

“Kickstands go up at 2 p.m. at 4500 Oliver,” Curtis Kirksey, long-time organizer of the event said. “Then, the ride will start for a parade route through Jonesboro. We always go down Caraway. Lots of people like to bring their kids. If you want to see the route, come down Caraway.”

All bike riders are welcome. Anyone with a street-legal motorcycle is encouraged to come out and be a part of the event.

“We try to help around 800 Region 8 children with the toy run,” Kirksey said. “It’s just something to give back to the community, and above all else, the children. The innocence of the children and being able to help them.”

Jasmine Cain, Funky Finger, and Lazy Dawg Music are the three bands planning to provide live entertainment at the end of the run.

“I think we have 55 gallons of chili and 50 dozen hot tamales,” Kirksey said. “We’ve had 77-degree weather before. That year, we had 587 motorcycles.”

The ride is sponsored by Ironhorse Bar-B-Que Co., LLC; Ridin’ on the Ridge; Pagan’s Jewelry; Bill's Fresh Market; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-Local 1516; Harley-Davidson Cycles; Engines, Inc.; and Harley-Davidson of Jonesboro.

For more information, contact 870-897-9802.

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