The fifth annual Hillbilly Christmas in July ride to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington is scheduled to depart from Harley-Davidson of Pikeville Sunday, July 18, at 10 a.m. The ride begins with an 8 a.m. chapel service at the dealership.
The event has been designated the Randy Jones Memorial Ride for the Kids in honor of the well-known East Kentucky Broadcasting radio personality and “voice” of the Hillbilly Christmas in July organization. Jones died suddenly last month of an apparent heart attack.
The motorcycle parade will leave Pikeville at 10 a.m., stop for a break at the Mountain Parkway Drag Strip in Clay City, then travel on to Man O’ War Harley- Davidson in Lexington. At 3 p.m., the parade will continue to and around the hospital on Richmond Road for the children to see. Riders will return to the dealership for an evening of food and music and to witness the drawing for the 2010 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic being raffled.