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Over 100 classic motorcycles, including lots of Harleys along with an assortment of trikes, Gold Wings and other bikes, were drawn to Loudonville on Saturday, June 24 for a resurrected Loudonville Bike Show.
The bike show has been held as an on- or off-again event several times over the past decade.
Loudonville Mayor Steve Stricklen was involved in getting the show going again, and T-shirts sold to promote the event read the "First Loudonville Bike Show."
Stricklen credited the success of the show to the network of American Legion motorcycle groups.
"Our Legion Riders from Legion Post 257 here took the lead in alerting other Legion motorcycle groups across the state," Stricklen said. "We have bikes here from Ashland, Massillon, Dayton and a number of other towns. The turnout of about 100 bikes is about what we expected, but we may end up with many more than this. The bikes come and go."
Stricklen said plans are to hold the bike show every year in late June. He also noted "there is no connection between this show and the former Loudonville show."
Stricklen credited Mindy Hinkle of the Legion Riders for getting the work done to get the show going.
"The event is all about raising money for veterans," Hinkle said. "Our Legion Riders group is all about doing things for our community, so when we were asked to organize this bike show, we were glad to do it."
Proceeds from the event will go to several statewide projects to benefit veterans, including money to the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, to the Honor Flight in Columbus, to the Wreaths Across American project, whose goal is to place a wreath on the grave of every veteran buried at the National Cemetery in Rittman, and to service dogs for veterans, Hinkle said.
Money was raised through the sale of food and t-shirts, and registration fees at the bike show, Hinkle said.