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TR File Photo The 26th Annual Cycling Blessing will take place from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday on the east side of Riverview Park.

A long tradition of Marshalltown will finally reach a pivotal year.

Since 1995, the Annual Bikes Blessing has been a charity event drawing hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts across Iowa and even neighboring states. The event had three different scheduled dates in 2020, but was continually delayed and ultimately canceled to avoid the risk of COVID-19.

Now the Bicycle Blessing will be celebrating its 25th year on May 8 on the east side of Riverview Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Historically hosted by Fred and Jackie Ingraham, owners of the local F&J Racing bicycle repair and maintenance shop, 100% of the event’s proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Jackie saw the event grow from 100 attendees in its first year to one of Marshalltown’s biggest charity events.

“I am beyond excitement,” she said. “Because this has been delayed for a year, I have a full book filled with everything we have planned.”

Live music, entertainment, games, activities, food, vendors will all pack the park. A platform full of door prizes will also be distributed. Some motorcyclists are known to participate in the event on vintage bikes, competing for the top prize in the vintage bike competition. The event is not just for motorcyclists, as it is meant to be a family event that will appeal to everyone.

“We are expecting a lot of people because everything has been closed for so long”, Said Jackie.

The highlight of the event is the blessing of the bikes by an ordained minister at noon. The blessing is aimed at ensuring all riders have a safe riding season.

A new cause will go to this year for the Marshalltown Police Department and Fire Services to help homeless people find shelter in cold weather when officers pick them up. Firefighters and police have paid out of pocket for the homeless to have shelter in winter.

The cost of admission is $ 10 and a campground will be available for use during the event.

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Contact Trevor Babcock at 641-753-6611 or [email protected]

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