POMEROY — The scene was a sea of motorcycles, filling the parking lots and Main Street from Lynn to Butternut Avenue, as the 28th annual Meigs County Memorial Day Run was about to begin just past noon on Sunday.
As has been for all those years, Arnold Priddy was the leader of the cyclists as they moved out of town, not only for a good ride, but for a good cause. The goal was to raise money for the Toys for Tots program handled through the Meigs Cooperative Parish where there is an emphasis on assuring that every child has gifts under the tree on Christmas morning. In addition, the riders donated food for the Parish program of feeding the poor.
This year’s event took a little different turn. There was a shorter preliminary ride on Saturday with the bikers returning to the parking lot where food and accessory booths were in place, and musical groups entertained in the amphitheater.
But it was Sunday’s run that attracted over 2,000 bikers from across the area as several hundred spectators lined Main Street to watch the departure of bikes led by a cruiser driven by Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood. Grace Episcopal Church representatives were on hand to bless each bike with holy water as it passed by. After 18 minutes, all of the bikers taking part in the 52-mile run were on their way.
They traveled through Middleport, and on to Bradbury, Rutland, Harrisonville, and Pageville to Ohio 681, then took U.S. 33 to Bashan Road, and then onto Ohio 124 through the villages of Racine, Syracuse and Minersville and back into Pomeroy for some reminiscing before heading home.