Motorcycle ride to benefit area Boy Scouts

TUPELO – Get your motor running Saturday at the first “Ride with the King Motorcycle Ride and Rally,” benefiting the Yocona Area Council Boy Scouts.

Registration, music, games and barbecue lunches begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tupelo. The 102-mile ride starts at 2 p.m.

“Because registration is the day of the event, we don’t have any idea of how many folks are coming, but we’re getting a lot of positive feedback,” said Russ Wilson, who is in charge of marketing for the council.

Wilson said the idea for the ride came about a year ago, but the actual planning started three months ago.

“Some of the members – Scout volunteers – are bike enthusiasts and they’ve said, ‘It’s a shame there’s not one of these in Tupelo,’” he said. “There’s nothing like the sound of 300 bikes cranking up at once and roaring through the different areas.”

The ride begins at CVB and includes stints on Highway 45, McCullough Boulevard, Mt. Vernon Road and Highway 348 to New Albany, and winds down through Pontotoc and Sherman before ending at the Elvis Presley Birthplace about 5 p.m.

The cost to enter is $35 per bike and $5 for an extra rider. The entry fee includes a T-shirt, raffle coin, ride patch and year patch.

All proceeds benefit the Yocona Area Council, which supports about 4,000 Scouts in Northeast Mississippi.

“Everything stays local,” Wilson said. “Nothing goes to national.”

For more information, call (662) 842-2871 or visit

Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal

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