Although Sunday afternoon was a little hot for a motorcycle ride, it was nothing compared to the heat prediction on the originally scheduled day for the ride of 110 degrees heat index.  

The Christmas in July Motorcycle ride finally happened on Sunday, Aug. 23 to benefit Lincoln County Youth In Need.  The annual ride provides a large donation for the organization each year.  

This year saw approximately 100 registered riders for the event.  Riders gathered at Chariots of Fire on Highway 61 and then traveled to Elsberry via highway 47 and 79, with a Missouri State Highway Patrol motorcycle escort.  When riders arrived at the Elsberry V.F.W. Post 9064 they were treated to a bbq lunch, soda and water.  

An event as large and successful as this, takes a lot of behind the scene people to keep everything in check.  

Reine Knobbe of Chariots of Fire and Linda Rippe of Flashback Tattoos handled registration and details of the day.  Elsberry V.F.W. Commander, Dave Robbins and Missy Squires,  QuarterMaster, handled all the details at the destination for the ride including the food, enough seating for everyone  and even enough bathrooms available.  

“This is a big undertaking for the Post and I can’t thank everyone enough for their help, from moving picnic tables, to cooking lots of food.  It wouldn’t be possible without the kindness of a lot of people,” said Robbins.

Helping out or donating in anyway for this charitable event were Chariots of Fire Customs, LLC, Flashback Tattoos, Amvets 180, Elsberry V.F.W. Post 9064 and  Ladies Auxiliary, Elsberry American Legion Riders, Forrest Keeling Nursery,  and Bikers Against Bullies, 

Knobbe, one of the coordinators for the event expressed her gratitude to all.   

“We are so thankful that the men and women of the Elsberry V.F.W. post 9064 not only did they choose to serve in the armed forces, but they continue serving their community with functions such as this and giving back to the community,” she said.