Barons Motorcycle Club’s summer festival this weekend in Gaines



GAINES – It’s time again for the Barons Motorcycle Club’s annual Summerfest, two days of roaring fun in the streets of downtown Gaines.

“It’s a great time, and it raises money for local charities,” said Baron Scott Griffin.

The revelry begins with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. A craft show featuring hand-made items opens at 10 a.m.

Saturday’s family-friendly festivities include a car and tractor show from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with awards presented at 3 p.m., free bounce house, free popcorn and sno-cones and free dunk tank. Registration for the car and tractor show begins at 11 a.m. Entry is free.

There also will be drawings, a fire truck display and live music with Cash O’Reilly.

New this year will be a pin-up contest featuring women dressed in retro outfits that show off their tattoos. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; judging follows at 2 p.m.

The Gaines Township Fire Department will serve up pulled pork sandwiches.

All proceeds from Saturday’s events will benefit the Gaines Township Fire Department.

The fun continues for the grown-ups when Motorcycle Mania takes over the streets beginning at noon as 800 to 1,000 motorcycles roar into the rural outpost.

The Barons’ “world famous” New York strip steak dinner with all the fixings will be served up from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door.

Russell Wayne will perform and the Old Newsboys will raffle off a motorcycle.

The majority of proceeds from Sunday’s activities will benefit the Gaines Community Council, a group of charitable organizations based in the village.

“It’s just a fun atmosphere,” said Griffin. “It’s a big community event that’s embraced by the whole village. They come out in droves.”

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