Hundreds of motorcycles made their way into downtown Manchester on Saturday afternoon…
It was the Combat Veterans Benefit Ride – raising money and awareness for combat veterans. They rolled into town during the noon hour – parked up and down Main Street through the downtown area and all the way up to the courthouse – enjoying music at the Blue Collar Sports Bar before taking off again just a couple hours later. Each bike and car in the ride donated fifteen dollars, with each rider donating ten – with all of the proceeds going to assist local Northeast Iowa veterans, veterans’ organizations and veterans’ families. Some riders just wanted to show their support, while others were combat vets themselves. One rider made the trip up from Norwalk.
Local residents Joe Recker and Rick Smith were on the ride supporting the cause too.
Many of the riders spent the night at the Elkport campground, with Saturday’s ride taking them to Wadena, Manchester and then Guttenberg before heading back to Elkport. Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild told KMCH everything went smoothly and the Combat Veterans Benefit Ride is welcome back in Manchester anytime.
(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)