Kick-off to riding season

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Gage Hillestad, 11, suffered a stroke in January. A benefit ride and live auction will be held at the Ryp to Ryder Fest with proceeds going to the Hillestad family.

Submitted Photo Gage Hillestad, 11, suffered a stroke in January. A benefit ride and live auction will be held at the Ryp to Ryder Fest with proceeds going to the Hillestad family.

Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot is kicking off the riding season with Ryp to Ryder Fest, a daylong all-family event, on Saturday, June 3.

A benefit ride and live auction for Gage Hillestad, an 11-year-old who is a fifth-grader at South Prairie School, will be held in conjunction with the fest. Gage suffered a stroke on Jan. 29 and funds raised will help the Hillestad family with medical and travel expenses.

“Ryp to Ryder Fest is being done as a way to encourage riders to discover the open road,” said JJ Olson, marketing director at Magic City Harley-Davidson.

She said the event is for everyone whether or not they are motorcycle enthusiasts. “There will be something for the whole family,” Olson said.

The event will open on Main Street in Ryder with a flag-raising ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor recipient, will participate in the ceremony.

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Tanya Cowart, left, sales manager, and JJ Olson, marketing director, at Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot, are shown Monday in the store’s showroom at 6701 Highway 83 S. Magic City Harley-Davidson kicks off the riding season with Ryp to Ryder Fest, a family-oriented event in Ryder on Saturday, June 3.

Eloise Ogden/MDN Tanya Cowart, left, sales manager, and JJ Olson, marketing director, at Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot, are shown Monday in the store’s showroom at 6701 Highway 83 S. Magic City Harley-Davidson kicks off the riding season with Ryp to Ryder Fest, a family-oriented event in Ryder on Saturday, June 3.

“The CMA (Christian Motorcyclists Association) will also be in Ryder to Bless the Bikes,” Olson said.

Bouncy Houses will open at noon and knocker balls at 1 p.m.

The benefit bike run for Gage Hillestad starts at 12:30 p.m. and follows a route from Ryder to Magic City Harley-Davidson in Minot, Velva, Benedict, Max, Makoti and back to Ryder.

A live auction will start at 7 p.m. with all proceeds going to the Hillestad family.

Other highlights of the fest include a burnout pit, the Harley-Davidson Revel 1 truck and the Harley-Davidson Jump Start Rider Experience. The Jump Start combines a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a specially-designed stationary support stand. It will allow someone who has no previous motorcycle experience the opportunity to find what it is like to ride a Harley-Davidson.

A street dance with music by Moments Notice will be held both Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3.

Three food trucks will be available at the fest – Monty’s BBQ, Daarthe’s Eats & Treats and 3 Little Pigs.

The Candlewood Suites of Minot serves as the official hotel for the Ryp to Ryder Fest, according to Olson. She said those making reservations should indicate they are attending the Ryder event.

Olson said limited free primitive camping will be available in the city of Ryder. To make camping reservations call 509-7003.

The event is being planned with the Ryder City Council.

More information will be announced later.

Olson said they hope many people – motorcycle enthusiasts and others along with family members will attend.

“We want people to ride more and discover the open road,” Olson said.

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