By Clint Parker
Weaverville – They thundered through Weaverville and around the area Saturday. Seventy bikers roared down streets and roads, but this was not a biker gang that hit the town. No, not even close. In fact, they were escorted by Weaverville Police vehicles and the NC Highway Patrol as they rolled down the black top.
This was the first ever Rodney’s Bike & Cruise Night road ride to raise money for Weaverville Cops for Kids. The original event has, in the past, taken place in the fall of the year and was run by the Weaverville Police Department. However, this year, the officer who has organized it over those years stepped down to spend more time with his family. Thus, the department was looking to hand off the event to someone.
Rodney Edwards of Rodney’s Auto on North Main Street, known for his monthly Thursday night Bike & Cruise Night events at his business to raise money for a variety of non-profit groups and charities, stepped up, with short notice, to take over and keep the event going.
“Since the police department stepped down and handed it to us, it’s really the beginning for our bike and cruise night,” said Edwards, “and we’re just honored to do it!” Asked how he thought it went for their first year, Edwards said, “Just look…I think we did pretty darn good! I’m really happy and pleased! The volunteers really helped…law enforcement, fire department…you couldn’t ask for a better group!”
Besides the money raised with the entry fees to the ride, there were several different raffles to enter and food and drinks to buy ,with the proceeds going to the Cops for Kids program. Edwards hopes to keep the fundraiser going for years to come.