LITTLE LAKE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Superior Harley Owners Group (HOG) held its 33rd annual Ride-In Bike Show at the Little Lake American Legion Saturday.
Organizers say hundreds of bikers attend the event which helps to raise money for the campers at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay.
Of course a big part of the day is the bike show where riders can enter their bike for people’s choice and bragging rights.
There was live music by Reveal, raffles, silent auctions and the grand prize winner took home a 2019 Harley Davidson Soft Tail from Bald Eagle Harley.
Tom Spencer, a volunteer and member of the Harley Owners Group, say they typically raise between 60,000 and $80,000 annually for the campers at Bay Cliff. He says it's the least they can do for the kids.
"We're out there riding motorcycles and these kids don't have an opportunity to barely walk some of them and here we are enjoying life to the fullest, riding motorcycles and running around. So we look at these kids and we like to acknowledge them and what they can do and can't do,” Spencer stated.
Spencer says for members of the Group, interacting with the kids is one of the highlights of the summer.
We go up Bay Cliff in June and we allow them to sit on our bikes and blow the horn and get their pictures taken. It’s the ultimate to be up there with those kids. They're wonderful. Bay Cliff is wonderful. It does unbelievable things with these kids," Spencer asserted.
He also says motorcyclists all across the Upper Peninsula work hard to change those old, outdated negative stereotypes surrounding the biker community.
"We've been working since the 1970s anyway trying to tell everybody just because we're on motorcycles we’re really not bad people. We're just average folk like anybody else. We have jobs and we just like motorcycles and to be in the open and free. You don't really understand it until you get on a motorcycle and go down the road. It's the freest feeling you ever want to feel,” Spencer confided.
That's why events like this have been going for 33 years running.