Sixth annual Ride Manitoulin raises funds for the Starlight Foundation

Bikes lined up at the Providence Bay Fairground glisten in the sun. There were 120 bikes registered at this year’s Ride Manitoulin photo by Ann Auxier

PROVIDENCE BAY—The sixth annual Ride Manitoulin motorcycle rally in Providence Bay boasted a large number of riders all while raising funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

“It was a fantastic weekend,” said Ride Manitoulin Anna Orford. “We had great weather and everyone seemed to have a good time. The group of riders this year were wonderful—very friendly and they really loved the live music and our disk jockey.”

It was Theresa and Dario Laurenti of Espanola’s first year attending Ride Manitoulin, but the pair said they have been “long-time riders of beautiful Manitoulin.” photo by Robin Burridge
It was Theresa and Dario Laurenti of Espanola’s first year attending Ride Manitoulin, but the pair said they have been “long-time riders of beautiful Manitoulin.”
photo by Robin Burridge

There were 120 bikes registered for this year’s event, 147 riders in total, plus many others who attended the event.

Ride Manitoulin got started last Friday night with registration and a meet and mingle, followed by a charity dance hosted by DJ John Roy.

Saturday, after Becky’s Biker Breakfast, riders and visitors enjoyed checking out the bikes in the show and shine, which included cruisers, custom, vintage and choppers.

The poker run took riders across Manitoulin, taking in the beautiful sights of the Island. The winner of the $265 prize was Lorraine Schroeder.

The 50/50 winner was Fred LaPerier.

The biker rodeo featured a lot of fun games and both participants and spectators had a lot of fun enjoying the beer barrel roll, bite the wiener and slow as you go.

The Tim Woodcock Band, featuring Greg Deschert on keyboard, finished off a great weekend.

This rider works her way around the course pushing a beer barrel at Ride Manitoulin’s biker rodeo Saturday afternoon. photo by Ann Auxier
This rider works her way around the course pushing a beer barrel at Ride Manitoulin’s biker rodeo Saturday afternoon.
photo by Ann Auxier

“I would like to give a big thank you for all the sponsors of this year’s Ride Manitoulin, the Providence Bay/Spring Bay Lions Club members, the Ride Manitoulin committee members, the entertainers, volunteers and, above all, the bikers,” said Ms. Orford.

Ms. Orford didn’t have a total of the funds raised, as the committee was still calculating the total as of press time of money, but all funds will be donated to the Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada.