It first got underway in 1972. Motorcycle riders from all over Michigan converge on the small town of Baldwin and head to the airport grounds for their annual blessing on their bikes to keep them safe during the riding season. It's a fun pastime for some, a lifestyle for others but there is a risk factor to the ride so what can any good luck or blessing hurt if offered to a rider, right?
Flash forward to 2019 and the Blessing of the Bikes draws thousands and thousands and yes....thousands more bikers from all over the Midwest. Every race color creed, ever club, gang and loner all coming together for some fellowship, to see what everyone else is riding and of course to welcome in the riding season. The Blessing now brings vendors, bands, food trucks, camp sites and more. Baldwin doubles or triples in size for the weekend and a good time is had by all.
Of course, bikers are known to be incredibly giving and amazingly charitable, so..it's only a matter of time until someone has the idea to put on an event really raise some money for important things. In the case of Camp 37, it started 10 years ago and now, has grown to a two day party and camping opportunity that will be hard to beat anywhere. The best part of Camp 37....the funds go to help benefit Veterans.
The funds raised go to the Ruby Creek Disabled Veterans Hunt Club which gives our veterans a chance to break free of what might hold them back and get them out in the woods to enjoy some R&R and the excitement of a hunt. Camp 37 is a completely volunteer run organization and the passion put in by those who make the event happen is a way of saying thank you to those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.
I caught up with Marcella Henry and Shannon Mullaney at Hot Rod Harley to learn a little more about the event. The camping is sold out, but there are plenty of day passes to be hand for a great time. Take a listen!
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If you're heading up, ride safe. If you're heading up and looking for a party with a little purpose behind it, make it a visit to Camp 37 and help them give a Vet or two a great experience and a thank you for what they did for all of us. Ride safe this season, and if you don't ride....look twice and safe a life!! Visit https://www.camp37.org for more information.