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Annual motorcycle show dedicated to local fire and rescue personnel April 14-15

Posted 4/5/2012   Updated 4/5/2012 Email story   Print story


by 319th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

4/5/2012 - GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The Red River Valley Motorcyclists are dedicating their April 14-15, 2012, annual motorcycle show to local area volunteer fire and rescue department personnel.

The show, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks city, will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 14 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15.

"We've got 32 departments in the upper valley that extend from the Canadian border to Mayville and both sides of the valley that (need) new equipment and help with their training costs ," said Tim Gowan, RRVM President. "It's the very least we can do to give back to those that have stepped forward and volunteered to protect our lives and property. We're privileged to have this opportunity."

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1874, from Grand Forks city, also will be presenting a National Firefighters Public Service Award to Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Rueben at the end of the show April 15.

The event will include:
  • Live auction at 4 p.m. April 14to benefit the International Movement Promoting Assault Contravention Training (IMPACT) program. This highly specialized self-defense program is offered to all women 18 and older.
  • A 2012 Harley Davidson Road King Firefighters Special Edition will be raffled at the show. Tickets are available at Andy's Harley Davidson, Street is Neat, most volunteer fire departments and through members of the RRVM.
  • Live entertainment for both days will be the Downtown Horns, a classic rock-and-roll horn band performing hit songs from the 1960's through today.
  • The VFW - and members of the North Dakota Patriot Guard - will "post the Colors" at 3 p.m. April 15, followed by the playing of "Taps" to honor the military fallen.
  • Attendees are asked to bring a new teddy bear for donation to the "Bear Hugs Program." Donated bears are donated to the families of seriously ill children.
RRVM is a non-profit organization that, since 2001, has donated $81,500 to area charities. ABATE's Little Spoke Fund (motorcycle education) will also receive a portion of monies donated.

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