Barons’ Summerfest heritage continues

GAINES — On any given day, Gaines is a quiet little hamlet where kids ride their bikes in the streets and the sounds of birds, frogs and distant tractors bounce in on the breeze.

But July 28-29, the place will be bustling as the Barons Motorcycle Club hosts the annual Barons’ Summerfest.

A pancake breakfast kick-starts the family-friendly festivities from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.

The fun continues with a bounce house, sno-cones, dunk tank, car and tractor show, live music, craft show and pinup contest Saturday, and the nowworld famous steak dinner and motorcycle mania Sunday.

“It’s always a great time for everybody,” said Barons Secretary Mike “Ollie” Oliver. “The food is always great, and the best part is that all the money that’s made goes right back to the community.”

Proceeds benefit the Gaines Township Fire Department and Gaines Community Council.

The firefighters will serve up pulled pork sandwiches Saturday afternoon; and, new this year, they’ll present a mock extrication.

“That’s going to be really cool,” said Oliver. “They’ll bring in a crashed car and show everyone how they use the Jaws of Life to get people out.”

Space is still available for crafters. The cost is $20 per space, which goes to the Community Council.

“We’re hoping to get more local crafters out there this year,” Oliver said.

Registration for the pinup contest is 9 a.m. to noon, with judging to take place at 2 p.m.

The craft show opens at 10 a.m., and the car and tractor show starts at 11 a.m. with awards presented at 3 p.m.

Sunday, downtown will be blocked off for the ride-in motorcycle show. Judging will take place from 3-6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.

“The number of bikes we had last year was insane,” said Oliver.

“We ended up moving our blockade down a couple blocks. I’d guess there were 1,500 to 1,600 bikes last year. They were coming in 20-30 deep. It was pretty awesome.”

The Barons will serve their famous steak dinners from 1-6 p.m. Meals cost $10 and include a huge steak, potato and all the fixings.

“This whole thing is about the motorcycle club getting involved with the community and the community getting involved with us, and it’s just a great time all around,” Oliver said. “It’s an absolute blast.”

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