PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Every year, the Shriners raise thousands of dollars for the Shriners Children's Hospital in Lexington.
As the weather warms up, more bikes are hitting the pavement for this cause.
Saturday morning, the 8th Annual Mountain Shrine Ride began in Whitesburg and ended at the MineShaft Harley Davidson shop in Pikeville.
"It's a good ride. It brings you all the way through Eastern Kentucky," said General Manager Clint Meade. "It brings in people from all over the Eastern part of the state and in Virginia too," he added.
All care and services are provided regardless of the families' ability to pay at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington.
"There's a lot of charity fundraisers that are done amongst the motorcycle groups," Meade pointed out.
Although their looks may be deceiving, do not let the leather jackets fool you.
"I would say motorcyclists in general probably donate and do more for the public than most public groups do," explained Meade.
Many of those who participated in the ride Saturday come back each year.
"It's empowering to anybody to be able to help these kids out," said Meade. "To just be a small, small part of that is very powerful," he continued.
Riders pulled into the MineShaft in Pikeville around 1:30 p.m.for door prizes, music and food.
Another annual ride held for the Shriners Children's Hospital is Hillbilly Christmas in July on the 21st.
Last year this event raised $60,000.