Blessing Of The Bikes

By Megan Trent

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 10, 2010 at 7:27 PM EDT

ARCOLA, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - It's that time of year again... springtime. For motorcycle riders that means time to hit the road. Today nearly 2,000 of those bikers were at the 21st Annual "Blessing of the Bikes" at St. Patrick's Church in Arcola.

The event was free, but any donations went to benefit the church's youth group.

Rose Weber helped organize today's event. "It's amazing," she said. "We don't advertise. It's all word of mouth. Everybody expects it every year, and I'm just amazed that many people take time out of their day to come and get their bike blessed."

Mike Nave has been bringing his motorcycle to the event for years. "I can remember when there would just be a few bikes here in the center of the parking lot. That's been awhile. They've been doing this for 21 or 22 years, and I've been here for most of them."

After a brief reading of scripture and prayer, two priests took the time to bless each bike with holy water before riders hit the road once again.

Weber described the atmosphere. "It's the first ride of the year. Everybody comes out to see old friends and meet new friends. It's just a great day of riding."

Nave looked at the people gathered around him. "Good people. Bikers are good people. Everybody's dressed in leather and looks a little scary sometimes, but just we're just good people having a good time and anxious to get the season started."

As the bikes drove off after being blessed with holy water, Nave and Weber got their wish. Bike season has begun.

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