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RMH ride's 1,000 bikes to stop in Wadena

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AC/DC said it best. "For those about to rock... we salute you."

The Ronald McDonald House Ride is a salute to success, drawing more than 1,000 motorcycles in each of the last two years. And on June 12-13, the party continues in New York Mills, and finds its way to Wadena on June 13.

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Now in its eighth year, the ride is set to be another successful fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Fargo. Weekend activities begin Friday night, June 12 with live music at the VFW Post 3289 in New York Mills. Arch Allies, a tribute band to Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon, starts at 8 p.m.

The ride takes off from the club at noon on Saturday, June 13 -- rain or shine. And as is customary with the event, hundreds of bikes will ride through downtown New York Mills. With the streets again this year expected to be lined with spectators, the motorcycles will head north out of town to Wolf Lake.

The route then takes the bikes to the Wadena Elks Club around 2:45 p.m. before returning to Mills for the post-ride hog roast, auctions, burnout contest, drawing for the new Harley-Davidson, and live outdoor concert featuring the AC/DC tribute band TNT. Local band Cut Loose will also play Saturday night.

The RMH Ride has grown considerably and quickly since the 150 motorcycles in 2002. That first year the event raised $3,300. In 2005, the number of motorcycles participating reached 750, with about $64,000 raised. Two years later, in 2007, the ride topped 1,000 motorcycles and raised $87,300. Last year, ride organizers again estimated more than 1,000 bikes and the total money raised went over the $100,000 mark for the first time.

Along with the motorcycle ride, bike rodeo, and concerts, there will also be a pancake breakfast served at the school Saturday, June 13 starting at 8 a.m. Proceeds go to the NYM High School football team.

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