A busy weekend in downtown Neosho concludes this Sunday, May 4, with the Mason Dixon Blessing of the Bikes.
Paul Richardson with Hideout Harley Davidson invites motorcyclists and motorcycle enthusiasts to the north side of the Neosho Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“The Blessing will be at 3 o’clock,” he said. “This year, myself and (Dr.) Bill Doubek will be handling that; and also Covenant Motorcycle Ministries will be there and they will be one-on-one. We’ll do a general-level homily; there will be a short message and a blessing of the bikes; and then there will be people there with stickers that will go one-on-one with people and work with them in that aspect.”
Richardson said he will conduct a short Sunday morning service at 11 a.m., and then seven bands are scheduled to play live music for the remainder of the event, except during the blessing.
Several vendors, including of food will be on hand and Richardson said some fundraising runs will depart throughout the day.
“One of them is for an orphanage, and another one is for a child who has some severe medical needs,” he said.
Richardson said funds raised from the first run, leaving around 11 a.m., will go through Shoal Creek Revival Church to benefit a children’s home in Haiti.
“And the other one is for a young man up in Kansas City and has some severe medical problems, and his grandma and grandpa live in the Joplin area, and they put together a run for this child.”
He said the second run, departing about noon, will travel to some of the Civil War sites in the area.
That theme will become a larger part of the Blessing of the Bikes in the future. First held four years ago at a site that has since closed, Richardson said the Mason Dixon title of the event is to commemorate several Civil War events that occurred at this time of the year.
“When we started the event a few years ago,” he said, “that was part of our theme was to hit the Civil War. As time goes on we’re going to have more and more re-enactors and Civil War events in the future. We’re trying to build this event right now.”
Richardson said the day will include motorcycle demonstrations and a bike show.
The Mason Dixon Blessing of the Bikes is sponsored by Hideout Harley Davidson, Oak Ridge Pawn Shop, Sane Mule & Motorcycle Trade Co., West 60 Cycle, AAA Way Bail Bonds, and Studio 2.