The 5th Annual Fehlberg Memorial Veterans Ride will take place on Saturday, June 8 in New London.
In its fifth year, the 150 mile rain or shine motorcycle ride is expected to draw 400 to 450 participants.
The ride was created to honor and raise funds for local veterans. There is a dedicated committee that works throughout the year planning this event. Through this group funds are raised in two ways.
The first is a Harley Davidson raffle with 1500 tickets being sold for $20 each. The grand prize is a 2013 Harley Davidson Switchback, which is sponsored by Harley Davidson of Appleton. The lucky winner can select either the bike or $10,000 in cash. Other prizes include $500, $300 or $200 in cash. Raffle tickets are currently for sale at the New London Area Chamber of Commerce office, 420 N. Shawano St., The Waters Supper Club & Lounge, 815 W. Wolf River Ave. and Bean City Bar & Grill, N2505 Bean City Rd. Proceeds from the Harley raffle will benefit the Old Glory Honor Flight of Northeast Wisconsin. For details about their program go to www.OldGloryHonorFlight.org.
The second way funds are raised is through registration fees paid by participating bikers. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at The Waters Supper Club & Lounge. Single riders pay a $20 fee and riders with passenger pay a $30 fee. Proceeds from the ride will be distributed to a variety of local veterans charities.
Shortly after 11 a.m. when registration is complete the bikes will make a grand parade through downtown New London as the kick-off to their ride. Everyone is invited to come and show support for this fundraising effort and our veterans. The group encourages all veterans to wear their military uniforms and others to wear patriotic attire if possible. A show of flags would also be appreciated as the riders attempt to thank veterans for their service.
The ride will cover 150 miles of scenic countryside and will have 3 stops including a food and gas stop. The riders are expected to arrive at Bean City Bar & Grill, N2505 Bean City Rd. at approximately 6:15 p.m. Spectators are again invited to join the riders as they arrive at Bean City. The registration fee for the bikers includes a meal; non-riders are invited to join the meal for a cost of $10 per person at the door.
Entertainment will be provided by a local DJ and a live band throughout the night. There is no cover charge to come and enjoy the entertainment and camaraderie. The highlight of the night will be the drawing for the Harley at 10:30 p.m.
Andy Brigham, a member of the event planning committee states “It’s always amazing to see hundreds of people from all over the state come together during the Fehlberg ride in support of veterans. I am proud and grateful to be part of this wonderful annual tradition.”
To make a financial contribution or get more information about the event, contact Andy Brigham at 920-619-8451.
For photos and updates visit Fehlberg Memorial Veterans Ride at Facebook.com.